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

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.
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Metabones Announced EF to EOS M Speed Booster ULTRA 7.1x

Speed Booster

Metabones announced a new Speed Booster (EF to EF-M mount). Metabones EF-EOS M Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x is available right now for $479.

Press release:

Metabones® Introduces EF to EOS M (EF-EFM Mount) Speed Booster® ULTRA 0.71x

Vancouver, Canada, May 2, 2019 – Metabones introduces the latest member of its award-winning Speed Booster family of DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) to mirrorless lens mount adapters, EF-EOS M Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x. Full-frame Canon EF-mount lenses are now one stop faster, 0.71x wider and with increased MFT (note 1) on Canon EOS M cameras. The 4k/UHD video crop on EOS M50 can also be mitigated with third-party APS-C lenses using this Metabones Speed Booster. Some Canon EF-S lenses may be modified to fit on the Speed Booster but Metabones cannot be held liable for any issues arising from modifications. Using APS-C lenses with Speed Booster for still photography or full HD videography may result in vignetting.

Ever since the first Speed Booster was introduced, there have been DIY attempts to modify it to fit EOS M cameras. The turnkey solution Metabones now offers adds a number of refinements:

  • The optical housing is redesigned for perfect fit on EOS M.
  • The EXIF metadata is changed to reflect the faster aperture (note 2) and shorter focal length.
  •  The autofocus speed of the lens is adjusted and optimized for the change in focal length and aperture to ensure the best performance. This is especially important for dual-pixel autofocus (DPAF) in video mode.
  • A ‘chip’ mode is added so that the user may store the metadata of a fully mechanical manual lens in the adapter.
  • A LED indicates operational status of the Speed Booster.

Since both the lens and the camera speak the same protocol most features are supported with the exception of lens aberration correction, which is automatically turned off.

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