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January 19, 2017
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Metabones Unveils Fifth-Generation Smart Adapters on Fifth Anniversary

Press text:

Vancouver, Canada, January 18, 2017 – Metabones unveils 4 new products on the fifth anniversary of the original Smart Adapter. They are EF to E CINE Smart Adapter™, EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA, EF to E Smart Adapter V and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II.

The headline feature of EF to E CINE Smart Adapter and EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA is a positive-lock EF lens mount carried over from the critically acclaimed Metabones EF-FZ CINE Smart Adapter, a perfect companion to the positive-lock mount of the new Sony FS7 Mark II camera.
All 4 new products are equipped with a rubber gasket to protect the E-mount connection from dust and moisture. To promote ease-of-use, an LED indicates the adapter’s operation mode, optical image stabilization operation and communication status. A dedicated switch controls in-body image stabilization (IBIS) on Sony cameras equipped with SteadyShot INSIDE.
EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II feature the same world-renowned Speed Booster ULTRA optics by Caldwell Photographic and WB Designs that make lenses brighter, wider and sharper.
Metabones recounts the beginnings of the world’s first fully electronic EF to E mount adapter 5 years ago, with only aperture control and auto-magnify (requires lens with distance information) but no autofocus support back then. Over the years firmware work has significantly expanded its capabilities. Today, the very same original Smart Adapter, though long discontinued, can still be upgraded to leverage the latest firmware benefits such as smooth iris (lens support required), fast contrast detection autofocus on all E-mount cameras, eye-AF, direct manual focus (DMF), zoom and distance display (requires lens with distance information), assignable custom button and 5-axis image stabilization (requires camera support).
Since the advent of the original EF to E Smart Adapter 5 years ago, Metabones has assumed a pivotal role in the mirrorless revolution. Cinematographers and photographers all over the world are armed with unprecedented flexibility of lens and camera choice.
EF to E CINE Smart Adapter will be available in February 2017 for USD 449 plus applicable taxes, duties and shipping, and EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA will be offered at the same time for USD 699 plus applicable taxes, duties and shipping. Availability and pricing of EF to E Smart Adapter V and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II are to be determined.

Product Specification

Product name (model number): 

Canon EF-E mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA (MB_SPEF-E-BT3)

  • Dimension / Weight  (H:91cm W:88cm D:26.5cm / 242g), Suggested Retail Price USD699

Canon EF-E mount T CINE Smart Adapter (MB_EF-E-BT6)

  • Dimension / Weight (H:91cm W:88cm D:31cm / 207g), Suggested Retail Price USD449

Canon EF-E mount T Speed Booster ULTRA II (model number MB_SPEF-E-BT3)

  • Dimension / Weight (TBD), Suggested Retail Price TBD

Canon EF-E mount T Smart Adapter (MB_EF-E-BT5)

  • Dimension / Weight (TBD), Suggested Retail Price TBD

 

New key features

·       CINE models feature a new positive-lock EF lens mount. (Patent pending)
·       Rubber gasket protects E-mount connection from dust and moisture.
·       Compatible with Sony FS7 Mark II camera
·       Status notification LED light
·       Dedicated switch controls in-body image stabilization (IBIS)

Electronic features

·       Fast contrast-detect AF on all E-mount cameras.
·       Phase-detect autofocus support on A7RII, A7II, A6300 and A6500.
·       Smooth iris support with the latest Canon (2009+), Tamron (SP series 2013+) and Sigma (2016+) lenses
·       Supports 5-axis in-body image stabilization of A7II, A7RII and A7SII. (Distance information from lens required; 3-axis IBIS if lens does not transmit distance information.)
·       Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
·       Aperture control from camera body.
·       Custom function button assignable to more than 50 functions on A7 series and A6300/A6500.
·       High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
·       Supports image stabilization (IS) lenses.
·       Supports electronic manual focusing (e.g. EF 85/1.2L II and discontinued EF 50/1.0L)
·       EXIF support (focal length, aperture, zoom range)
·       Distance and zoom display on VG and FS series camcorders, A7 series and A6300/A6500 (lens with distance information support required).
·       Auto magnify (lens with distance information support required)
·       Auto “APS-C Size Capture” on full-frame cameras.

 

Optical (Speed Booster models only*) /Mechanical Features

·       Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.*
·       Increase MTF.*
·       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).*
·       Felt material flocked inside the opening to reduce internal reflection.
·       The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, and Photo Clam ball heads.

January 18, 2017
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(SR3) Sony A7III to start shipping mid 2017 for 2299€

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Image above shows the A7II with Gariz case

Previously a source told us the A7 mark III is due for a Q2 release. We received a small update:

A European source confirmed the release schedule. He added the camera will start shipping in mid 2017 and the yet “unconfirmed” price for Europe will be 2299€. The new A7III will not replace the current A7II. The A7II will continue to be produced and sold for a lower price tag.

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January 16, 2017
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A roundup of future tech hints from Sony (16-35mm GM, dual card A7 cameras and more Megapixels)

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Image on top shows the current 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss FE lens

Before to start with a new bunch of 2017 rumors. Let’s do this: This is a roundup of statements and hints revealed or hinted by Sony itself that reveal what could happen in 2017:

Next generation A7 cameras:
Sony told Jeff Remas dual card slot FE cameras are coming

16-35mm f/2.8 GM:
Sony photographer hints the new 16-35mm GM is really coming

A-mount lenses:
Sony is conducting surveys to establish what lens they need to develop for the A-mount system. And they also told Dan M Lee they will refresh some of their current lenses. This proves once more that A-mount isn’t a dead system :)

85mm A-mount Zeiss:
Sony removed it from the main A-mount page.

Medium Format:
Sony has no plan to go medium format yet.

Autofocus:
Sony acknowledged they have to improve the autofocus speed to match the best in the class.

STF lens:
Mr. Motoyuki Otake from Sony said an STF FE lens is in the works.

Megapixel race:
Sony confirmed the Megapixel number will increase on the next generation cameras.

One more thing: Sigma FE:
Sigma CEO confirmed they are developing FE lenses.

 

January 11, 2017
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(SR5) Sony will announce a new “budget” 85mm FE lens in 2017


The image above shows the 50mm f/1.8

 

Ok we got our first SR5 rumors of the year (highly reliable source and 90% chance the information is correct). To not miss more of those rumors subscribe our RSS feed, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

This is the info I got from a reliable source: Sony will launch a new “budget” 85mm FE lens in 2017. The source didn’t unveil the aperture of the lens. He only said it will be a companion for the 50mm f/1.8 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay). I guess this one will have an f/1.8 aperture too.

The two FE lenses that are coming in 2017 for sure are:

1) 16-35mm f/2.8 GM FE
2) 85mm f/1.8 FE (aperture is unconfirmed but I think almost certainly right)

And for sure there will be many more new FE lenses in 2017 (including telephoto lenses). I hope to get info about those soon…

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January 10, 2017
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New Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 ART A-mount lens will be announced in February?

This might be a good news for the new A99II camera owners: In February Sigma will announce a new 24-70mm f/2.8 ART lens. And I hope it will be available for A-mount too! The optical performance will certainly be much superior to the current 24-70mm EX DG A-mount lens.

via CanonRumors

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