Canon is still working on focal length reducing “speedbooster” adapters

Jan 11, 2019

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Canon is still working on focal length reducing “speedbooster” adapters

Jan 11, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon has been working on their own focal length reducers. Lens adapters commonly sold under “speedbooster” or similar names, these adapters translate a larger projection circle, like that from a full frame lens, to the smaller sizes needed by APS-C and smaller sensors.

Now, a new Japanese patent discovered by Canon Rumors shows that Canon has filed patents covering at least four more reduced optical formulas.

Such “speedboosters” (and the reason they got their name) is that they come with the benefit of effectively increasing the maximum aperture. They’re the polar opposite of a teleconverter, which gives a longer focal length equivalent while reducing the light entering your lens.

Below are some of the focal length reduction formulas mentioned in the patent.

Specification and lens arrangement of master lens 1 (18-55mm, F2.8)

  • Zoom ratio: 3.05
  • Focal length: 17.50 – 53.3 mm
  • F number: 2.80 – 2.80
  • Half angle of view: 36.65 – 13.71
  • Image height: 13.02 – 13.02mm
  • Lens length: 148.81 – 172.70mm
  • Back focus: 35.51 – 40.31mm

Specification and lens arrangement of master lens 1 with reducer 1

  • Focal length: 11.36mm
  • F number: 1.82
  • Half angle of view: 36.67
  • Image height: 8.46mm
  • Lens length: 142.26mm
  • Back focus: 2.00mm

Specification and lens arrangement of master lens 2 (34mm, F1.4)

  • Focal length: 34.20mm
  • F number: 1.45
  • Half angle of view: 32.32
  • Image height: 21.64mm
  • Lens length: 129.16mm
  • Back focus: 39.35mm

Specification and lens arrangement of master lens 2 with reducer 5

  • Focal length: 23.92mm
  • F number: 1.02
  • Half angle of view: 32.33
  • Image height: 15.14mm
  • Lens length: 125.59mm
  • Back focus: 2.00mm

While these types of converters are more likely to appear for the EOS M series, CR suggests that some of these designs may be intended for a future APS-C EOS R body.

I’m not sure I see the sense in Canon making an APS-C version of the EOS R. Assuming they really aren’t giving up on the EOS M line, I think an RF mount lens EF-M body adapter would make much more sense.

Although Canon has covered a lot of focal length reduction designs with these patents, we’re yet to see any exist in a real product. So, exactly what features Canon might include with these adapters, or if they’ll even release any of them at all, only time will tell.

What lens adapters do you want to see come to reality?

[via Canon Rumors]

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One response to “Canon is still working on focal length reducing “speedbooster” adapters”

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    rifki syahputra

    APSC bodies + focal reducer is great for light setup. Many will prefer the FF system for “quality”. I’d like to see it from canon, optimized for their lenses. I am using Zhongyi Lens Turbo (for EF lenses), decent quality for cheap price, canon can make it better.