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Fool Your Camera with the Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Smart Adapter

The Sony FS100 has been very popular for those wanting to own a large sensor video camera, but can’t afford the Sony F3 (plenty of you who read this site). Obviously the FS100 has its issues – like any other camera – but one of the major problems for lots of folks that upgraded from DSLRs is being able to properly use their EOS EF mount lenses on their shiny new Sony camera. If you’re one of those people, then Metabones has a product that just might solve your problems.

Over at cinema5D, they’ve posted Bryant Naro’s fantastic review of the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter:

These are the main features of the Metabones adapter, from their website:

  • True electronic integration of aperture diaphragm – let camera automatically choose aperture in P or S exposure modes, or dial in yourself on the camera body in A or M modes.
  • Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
  • Wide open button (opposite of depth-of-field preview function) makes manual focusing easy.
  • Image Stabilization
  • Electronic manual focusing
  • EXIF data (focal length, aperture, lens ID)

If this is something you’ve been looking for, it seems like a well-designed and capable adapter. These smart adapters have been gaining in popularity as people keep their still lenses, but upgrade camera bodies. Since Canon stopped making lenses with a manual iris a long time ago, the majority of newer DSLR owners only have that type of lens. Until recently, the only option for NEX cameras was to use dumb adapters with an iris lever, which allow you to open and close the iris manually, but don’t actually talk to the camera in any way. With the majority of those adapters, actually knowing what f-stop your lens is set at can be a major issue, and you’re also stuck shooting in manual mode.

Now with these smart adapters, those issue are non-existent. The camera should automatically recognize that a lens is attached, and in this case, will think that you’ve got a Sony E-mount lens on the camera. On a set, this makes everyone’s lives that much easier, because you can set the iris from the camera body. You won’t have to guess about anything, and the lens will retain all of its original functions, with the exception of auto-focus. With a little bit of fiddling, the adapter also gives you Image Stabilization, which is extremely useful if you’re doing handheld work.

At $400, it is quite expensive compared to dumb adapters, but if you are going to be using the FS100 in a professional setting with Canon lenses, it’s a necessity. MTF Services and Birger Engineering are working on their own smart adapters, but if and when they do finally release them, it’s likely they will be more expensive (but possibly have more features). If you own a Sony NEX-7 or NEX-5N, the price of this adapter might be a deal-breaker, since the Metabones adapter is either one-third or two-thirds the price of the camera body alone. With the exception of the wonky image stabilization, the Metabones adapter is in a league of its own compared to the other options out there, and I know for many FS100 owners, they’ve been salivating for a product like this. In addition to NEX, Metabones also makes adapters for Micro 4/3, Leica M, and Leica S camera systems.

Is anyone with an FS100 (or any other NEX camera) thinking of buying this adapter?

Link: Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter – Metabones

[via cinema5D]


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  • Chris Hubbard on 02.28.12 @ 10:31PM

    Can we stop just reblogging from other sites?

    • I hope not. If I hadn’t seen it here, I would have missed it.

    • Not everyone who reads this site reads those other sites too…

    • Panasonic AF300 S35mm on 02.28.12 @ 11:44PM

      Why you don’t create your site and put “never seen before stuff” there, please this is a place we all come to share..
      If you saw it before just close it and move to something else . We don’t have to know..period!!

    • Chris Hubbard on 02.29.12 @ 1:03AM

      Hey now, Most of the time I would agree with you folks, there have been times when Koo has reposted something from another site that I had never seen before and boy was I glad he did!

      However, it just seems to my attention that Joe Marine has been reposting quite frequently as of late, and i’m hoping it doesn’t become too common.

    • Reblog. Awesome post!! I personally don’t mind. I just skip stuff that I’ve seen on other sites.

    • Sorry, but this is not reposting / reblogging. This is a full length article, very well written that references to a post of Cinema 5D and develops a lot more (if you take the time to actually read the post you will see that’s more than just copy+paste mentality). I think some people might be having some issues with Joe with those nasty comments to his latest posts. I think this people are afraid of change, and missing their daddy who is probably too busy prepping for his first feature length shoot. Guess what? Koo trusts this new folks to keep the great work going on Nofilmschool and that alone should be enough to any of us. As far as I’m concerned Joe is doing an amazing work and should be encouraged to write more and more and more… that’s a win situation. So just drop the attitude and lets keep moving.

    • I’m still here as an editor… but yes, as mauborba points out, I’m too busy getting my feature together to blog as much as I used to. I found some great people to carry forward the writing, and let’s be honest, I ALWAYS reblogged other stuff — that’s how blogs work (even the biggest ones). Don’t read a story if it’s something you’ve seen elsewhere… but part of the value of the site is that we’re compiling news from all over. I personally think Joe’s doing a great job, and as I say in the new Comment Policy box, thank you to those of you who are adding to the conversation!

    • Ben Howling on 02.29.12 @ 4:19PM

      I haven’t built up the most solid library of blogs to follow, so I get a lot of info (and starting points) from here. As far as I’m concerned, NFS can reblog anything they like, as it’s always relevant and it saves me missing something.

      p.s. feel free to let me know a few links of other good sites. Anywhere I can get reliable info is a plus.


    • Tyrannosaur on 03.8.12 @ 5:14PM

      Chris, Just don’t waste your time reading this one and don’t waste your time posting in this one!

      You’ve seen it before, you’re cool, move on!

      Reminds me of the “repost” nazis in forums, and the guys that have to ruin a movie to prove they’ve seen it to be cool!

  • McBlakewich on 02.28.12 @ 11:04PM

    If you’ve already seen this content perhaps you could just move along to the something else. No need to be negative towards what some or even most of us are just laying eyes on. Thanks.

  • Bryce Prevatte on 02.28.12 @ 11:19PM

    I’d love to get this adapter- only problem is they’re completely sold out. Have to wait until they manufacture more.

  • Where’s the word Conurus?

    Agreed, too, about how there’s no need to re-blog. This actually appeared first, by the way, at:

    • Wow!!! You just blew my mind with this amazing link! Wait, isn’t it the same one in the article above? Oh…

  • This would rule even more if the aperture could be stopped down smoothly, I’m more than happy with my own declicked Leicas though.

  • Can this be used on a F3 ? As far as I know the F3 has PL mount.

  • Reblog. Awesome post. Thank you. I was waiting for it a long time now.

  • We own an FS100 and we are not interested in buying this lens. We already have a host of amazing Carl Zeis autofocus lenses from Sony that we can use with Sony’s LA EA 1 or 2 adaptor which enable all lens functions including autofocus (in case we might need it somehow). We do not feel the need to own canon glass since most minolta and carl zeis lenses and other third party a-mount already cover all our needs. For those who just moved into the sony system though, from upgrading shooting with canon dslrs, this is pretty eciting, and a cheaper way to switch systems.

  • Cmon guys. No film school kicks ass. It is my go to site for everything new in cinema today, so please stop nagging about reposting. Another great post. Thanks nofilmschool…you rule!

  • And yes, as an owner operator of the f3 I am also interested in they have also an f3 version ready?

    • John Jeffreys on 02.29.12 @ 2:33PM


      • mark london on 03.5.12 @ 11:53AM

        It would still be great to have a good EF lens adapter on an F3. PL lenses are terrific, and there are good Nikon adapters, but a really good EF mount would be very handy.

        Also, reblogging is fine. Love the site.

  • I might get one because I do owns Sony NEX-VG20 video camera. I will let you know how well it performs with canon lens.

  • I’ve been looking for an EF to Micro 4/3 adapter that will allow me to control the aperture and focus through the GH2. Does such a product exist?

  • awesome post! Glad you guys are here

  • I joined NFS at first place ’cause of great articles and news NFS has and I will not see it… Here are many interesting things on one place. Thanks Koo.