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Metabones Speed Booster Canon EF to NEX Speed Booster ULTRA FlatThe Metabones Speed Booster, a device first announced close to two years ago, not only reduces the effect of crop factors on smaller sensors, but provides shooters an extra stop of light. Now Metabones has just announced the Speed Booster ULTRA, which promises even higher optical performance than the original. Like the original Speed Booster, the ULTRA still has the same feature set in that it widens the field of view by 0.71x — which effectively allows for a full-frame field of view on s35-sized sensors — and it provides an extra stop of light. However, what sets the ULTRA apart from its predecessor is a major boost in optical performance, which is derived from incorporating highly improved optical elements made from ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass into the manufacturing process. More »

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metabones speed booster lens adapter canon ef to mft micro four thirds m43Metabones has already provided shooters with a variety of Speed Boosters — lens adapters that optically counteract crop factor, increase light transmission, and in many cases even maintain smart lens control. Now, Metabones has announced a new addition to the Speed Booster line: a Canon EF to Micro 4/3 mount model that will effectively allow the Panasonic GH4 (and other Micro 4/3 cameras) to have the field of view of a Super 35mm camera and also increase your lens’ maximum exposure one stop. Metabones is also going to offer an equivalent adapter without the expensive optics just to control Canon lenses on your MFT cameras. More »

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Excell +1 BMPCCLast week, Fotodiox Pro released the Excell+1, a product that had many of us extremely excited because it seemed to be a far less expensive counterpart to the popular Metabones Speed Booster. Cut to one week later. Many of the new units have made their way into the hands of eager filmmakers, and a few have put the Excell+1 up against the Speed Booster, only to find that the Fotodiox has some major focusing and sharpness issues at apertures wider than f/2.8. The folks at Fotodiox have released a few new videos in an attempt to explain more about what the Excell+1 can and cannot do, and to offer people who were expecting Speed Booster performance a full refund for their purchase. More »

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Metabones Canon EF to MFT Speed BoosterLast year Metabones came out of nowhere with the Speed Booster, a product that seems too good to be true until you look at the results. While it does have its faults, your lenses do really become faster and wider, giving you a lot more options for mirrorless cameras that have smaller than full-frame sensors. We’ve heard rumors about a Metabones Canon EF to Micro 4/3 Speed Booster that would give full iris control on MFT cameras (we’ve already got the Nikon version which is all-manual), but nothing was concrete until now. The first product out of the gate is for the Blackmagic Pocket, which is going to make the camera that much more usable with full-frame lenses. More »

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Metabones_spnfg-bmpcc-bm1_03sThis year a company called Metabones released the Speed Booster, an adapter which makes lenses faster, wider, and sharper as long as they were designed for a larger format than the format you’re currently working with. They already introduced adapters for Micro 4/3 cameras like the GH3, but now they’ve created new Nikon mount Speed Boosters designed specifically for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that make lenses on those bodies even faster and wider, and give the Super 16mm Pocket essentially a Super 35mm sensor. More »

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Metabones Speed Booster - With CapsThis is good news for all of you who’ve got Panasonic cameras like the GH2 and GH3, or you’ve been looking at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. If you haven’t heard of the Metabones Speed Booster, well it’s darn near close to magic with its capabilities, but its principles have been used in lens design for quite some time. This adapter makes lenses faster, wider, and sharper by using lenses made for a larger sensor (like full-frame or APS-C) and shrinking down their output (which is similar to bringing a projector closer to a wall). Check out a review of the original for Sony cameras: More »

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Nikon Metabones Speed BoosterIf you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you may not have heard all the buzz about this amazing adapter called the Speed Booster that can actually make lenses faster, sharper, and wider. How does it does this exactly? Focal reducers, as they are called, have been around forever, but as long as you’ve got a big enough piece of glass, it basically works like moving a projector closer to a screen. Things get smaller, but they also get sharper. The Canon Speed Booster for NEX has been available for some time, but if you are more comfortable with a native mount attaching to your NEX E-Mount, or you’d like a Micro 4/3 mount version, and you needed to be able to control Nikon G series lenses (the ones without a manual aperture ring), Metabones now has a solution for you with the new Nikon Speed Booster. More »

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Leica R Metabones MFT Speed BoosterMetabones delayed the MFT Speed Booster for Micro 4/3 mounts earlier in the year, and it wasn’t clear when we might see the final version, even though a few pre-release adapters have been going out to different reviewers. If you’re a Leica R or Contax owner, however, you’re in luck, as Metabones has just started to ship the adapter for those particular lenses. More »

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Metabones Speed Booster - With CapsBack in April it became clear that the Micro 4/3 version of the Metabones Speed Booster (the lens adapter that makes lenses wider, faster, and sharper), was going to be delayed for some time. While it still probably won’t be shipping for a while, the company has sent out some pre-production versions of the adapter, and we’ve got our first look at images from the adapter thanks to Philip Bloom, who recently got his hands on one. Check out his video below. More »

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Just a few months ago, a company many are familiar with for their smart Canon EF to Sony NEX adapters, Metabones, introduced a brand new adapter with an optical component that can make full-frame lenses faster, wider, and sharper by focusing them onto a smaller format like APS-C/Super 35mm. Metabones also announced they were going to be releasing a Micro 4/3 to Nikon, Leica R, Contax C/Y, Contarex, ALPA, and Rollei Speedbooster adapter. Originally set to be released in the first half of 2013, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer. More »

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Just a few short months ago, it was announced that the Blackmagic Cinema Camera would be receiving a Micro 4/3 lens mount option alternative to its original Canon EF mount. Granted, for those of us still waiting on the BMCC to ship, a few short months is no stretch of time to merely shrug off — particularly when the mount announced was to be a “passive” or “dumb” one, meaning electronic control would not be supported for smart MFT lenses. There’s been speculation that this would change — and given Blackmagic’s recent addition to the consortium of companies aligned with the official Micro 4/3 standard, this speculation seems less outlandish than ever. More »

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There’s more than one way to get a lens on a camera it shouldn’t naturally fit, particularly when adaptation has to go beyond mere lens mount disparity and extends all the way to major sensor size differences. Of course, in approximately none such case does the adapter getting the job done actually widen field of view, improve clarity and sharpness, and increase exposure levels by up to one full stop. In fact, to expect as much (and all in one device) would seem to equate to madness — especially if such a device supports electronic lens control. This is not the short and skinny of the new Tom Cruise sci-fi/action film, but that of the Metabones Speed Booster. The adapter not only mounts your Canon full frame 50mm f/1.8 lens, for instance, to your Sony FS100 — but also turns it into a sharper 35mm f/1.2 in the process. More »

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If you’re new to the Sony NEX lens mount but you’ve been a Canon user in the past, there’s a good chance you’ve still got some Canon lenses sitting in your bag. To actually get those lenses on a Sony NEX camera (like the FS100 or FS700) and control them right from the camera, you’ll need a smart adapter like the Metabones EF to NEX. While it’s one of the more popular smart adapters for the NEX mount, at $400 it’s going to cost you. There is a challenger coming to town being sold by R.J. Camera — and at a lower price — with claims of similar performance and full control of your Canon lenses. CheesyCam was able to get a look at one of these new adapters and actually test it out. More »

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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. More »