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Metabones Release EF-RF Speed Booster That Reduces EOS R 4K Crop Factor

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The Metabones Speedbooster

Metabones released a new Speed Booster for the EOS R system.

The Canon EF-RF mount T Speed Booster® ULTRA 0.71x is able to able “to mitigate most of the 4k video crop factor of EOS R (1.75x) and EOS RP (1.63x) and reduce it to 1.24x and 1.15x respectively“.

The Metabones Canon EF-RF mount T Speed Booster® ULTRA 0.71x is already available for $479 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Metabones

Key Features

Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster®  ULTRA 0.71x – to adapt Canon EF mount full-frame lenses to the new Canon RF mount. Filmmakers are now able to mitigate most of the 4k video crop factor of EOS R (1.75x) and EOS RP (1.63x) and reduce it to 1.24x and 1.15x respectively. The field of view is now much closer to still photo mode. This Speed Booster is not intended for still photography but will work if the camera is configured to APS-C mode. 60p FHD video does not work at all.

Optical

  • Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop. (with a maximum output aperture of f/0.9).
  • Increase MTF (details).
  • Makes lens 0.71x wider.
  • Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent granted).

Electronic

  • Autofocus.  AF speed is properly adjusted to account for and leverage the shorter focal length and the brighter maximum aperture.
  • Dual-pixel autofocus (DPAF) and video AF support.
  • Focal length and aperture are adjusted in EXIF (see note 3).
  • Image stabilization (IS) lens support.
  • Store EXIF data (lens name, focal length and maximum/minimum aperture) for one manual lens in the adapter.
  • Build-in multi-function Control Wheel (turn/ push-in) for assignable functions(eg. ISO, shutter speed or aperture control, depth-of-field preview).
  • LED indicator shows communication status. 
  • Powered by camera body. With most lenses, no external power source required.

Mechanical

  • The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins and Photo Clam ball heads.
  • Flocking to reduce internal reflection.
  • Rubber gasket protects the RF mount connection from dust and moisture.
  • Aluminum alloy and brass construction with chromium plating.
  • Satin surface finish.

Description

Speed Booster® ULTRA for RF Mount cameras

Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting

Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster®  ULTRA 0.71x – to adapt Canon EF mount full-frame lenses to the new Canon RF mount. Filmmakers are now able to mitigate most of the 4k video crop factor of EOS R (1.75x) and EOS RP (1.63x) and reduce it to 1.24x and 1.15x respectively. The field of view is now much closer to still photo mode. This new Speed Booster is not intended for still photography but will work if the camera is configured to APS-C mode.

Speed Booster ULTRA uses an advanced 5-element/4-group optical design by Caldwell Photographic Inc., incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting. Speed Booster ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x,  effectively reducing the crop factor of 4k video on EOS R and EOS RP from 1.75x to 1.24x. The Speed Booster ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all full-frame SLR lenses regardless of exit pupil distance. Thus, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms by Canon to produce 17-50mm f/2.0 and 50-142mm f/2.0 high-speed zooms, respectively. Similarly, high-speed fixed focal length lenses such as a 50mm f/1.2 will be transformed into a 35.5mm f/0.9 lens with excellent contrast and resolution from the center all the way to the edges of the image. (More information can be found in the press release here)

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