The new $400 Metabones EF to E-Mount smart adapter allows you to use Canon EF mount lenses on almost any camera with an E-Mount. So that means cameras like the FS100, VG10, VG20 and the NEX series stills cameras. I’ve been trying to get hold of one of these for some time, but they have always been out of stock due to popular demand. However I was lucky enough to track one down from a UK dealer a couple of weeks ago. It is a small compact device, there are no wires, cables or remote control boxes so it couldn’t be simpler to use. Simply attach it to the Sony E-Mount and then attach your Canon EF lenses to the adapter. The camera will then control the iris just as it would with a Sony lens. So in the case of a FS100 or FS700 the iris wheel will control the iris with an accurate display of the iris setting on the cameras LCD screen. You can also use the auto iris functions. For quick focus checks there is a small button on the barrel of the adapter that momentarily fully opens the iris so you have minimum depth of field, which makes it easier to see if you are in focus. The adapter doesn’t work with auto focus so no focus functions, but it does allow any image stabilisation built into the lens to work. It works with the vast majority of lenses although there are a few that don’t work or have some limitations, best to check the Metabones web site for details. I really like this adapter for it’s simplicity and transparent operation, you really don’t know it’s there. Just wish they could do one for the Sony F3.
Coming Soon: A review of the new Transvideo PMW-F3 base plate that completely replaces the underside of the F3 with a really nice bottom end and of course the Alphatron EVF-035W review.
4 thoughts on “Metabones EF to E-Mount smart adapter.”
I agree, this adaptor is a really must have for everyone with a NEX camera. I’ve had this adaptor for two months now and I can’t live without it. The mechanic precision is perhaps not the best, but way better than the Kipon. Also the f-number indication is not that accurate either, I get different values depending if I’m opening or closening the aperture. Even power consumption gets increased a lot compared to using a passive adaptor. But it’s cool that image stabilization is supported.
Do you have firmware V2.0 on yours and have you calibrated it for your lenses? I too found the iris readings erratic until I calibrated the lenses. It’s not surprising that there is an increase in power consumption as your running extra electronics both in the adapter and the lens.
Good question. I haven’t checked the version number, nor calibrated it. Could be worth trying. Another thing to mention is that cirtain third party lenses do make a some noise when controlled by the adaptor, Sigma for instance.
And they make the same noise on the Canon C300, so it’s most likely just a function of the lens as opposed to the adapter.