Metabones have introduced a PL to Sony E-mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x. This allows owners of Sony E-mount cameras to mount full frame PL cinema glass to their cameras. Just like other Metabones Speed Boosters, you will be able to get an extra stop of light when you use the adapter wth a compatible full frame cine lens. PL to E-mount adapters are nothing new, but this is the first one to feature a Speed Booster.
The new adapter should be a nice match on cameras such as the FS5 and FS7 when combined with lenses such as Zeiss CP.2 primes, XEEN primes, or the new Tokina Vista primes. Getting an extra stop of light out of T1.5 lenses is sure to produce some very shallow depth of field.
It is important to note that Super 35mm PL lenses are not supported and also you don’t seem to be able to use full frame PL zooms such as the Zeiss CZ series.
A lot of the full frame primes such as the Zeiss CP.2 series feature interchangeable mounts so you could just as easily put a Canon EF or Nikon mount version on a Metabaones EF to E-mount, or Nikon F to E-mount Speed Booster to achieve the exact same result.
According to Metabones both the camera-side and lens-side of the adapter are made of brass, and precision-machined and plated with chromium. They also claim that the adapters have a precise fit and solid connection, with no lens play, gap or wiggling when mounted on the adapter. The adapters have been designed to reach infinity focus while maintaining the correct registration distance required to maintain optical quality of CRC lenses or lenses with floating elements.
The PL to Sony E-mount CINE (locking) Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x is now available for $719US.
Design for attaching full-frame PL Prime Lens to Sony E-mount cameras/camcorders
Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
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 pending).
New positive-lock PL lens mount. (Patent pending).
Felt material flocked inside the opening to reduce internal reflection.
Compatible with Sony FS7 Mark II camera.
The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.
Only support full-frame PL Prime lenses, e.g. Compact Prime CP.2 Lenses. Super 35 PL Prime lenses are NOT supported.
Speed Booster ULTRA is designed to cover an APS-C/Super35 image circle which is not big enough to cover a full-size 36mm x 24mm sensor. On a full frame camera body (A7 series, NEX-VG900) the camera needs to have “APS-C/Super 35mm” set to either “Auto” or “On”.
Attach Full-frame PL Prime Lens to Sony E-mount cameras/camcorders
Tested camera/camcorder bodies:
A7S ( in “APS-C Size Capture” mode)
A7R ( in “APS-C Size Capture” mode)
A7 ( in “APS-C Size Capture” mode)
PXW-FS7 MARK II
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