Metabones has released a Canon EF to RF speed booster to reduce the EOS R 4K crop factor

Mar 28, 2020

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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.

Metabones has released a Canon EF to RF speed booster to reduce the EOS R 4K crop factor

Mar 28, 2020

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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It might seem strange to produce a speed booster that converts full-frame lenses to full-frame. But with the Canon EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras, when you’re shooting 4K video, you’re not exactly using the entire full-frame view of the sensor. The Canon EOS R has about a 1.75x crop factor, and the EOS RP has a 1.64x crop factor (similar to APS-C).

The new Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x, however, helps to reverse this problem. It widens the view when EF lenses are used on the EOS R and EOS RP to 1.24x and 1.15x respectively when shooting 4K video.

Unlike many other speed boosters, such as those for Canon EF to Sony APS-C E Mount and Micro Four Thirds mounts, these aren’t designed for shooting stills. With both the EOS R and EOS RP, when you’re using full-frame Canon EF lenses with the standard EF to RF adapter, you see the full-frame field of view. But when shooting video, you do not. And that’s specifically what this adapter is intended for.

As well as widening the field of view, you also gain about a stop of light coming in through the lens, as the wider field of view is now packed down into a smaller area of the sensor. Its optical makeup comprises 5 elements in 4 groups and supports autofocus, dual-pixel autofocus and video autofocus.

Although you’re still not quite seeing the entire full-frame field of view, it’s certainly much wider than it would otherwise be – even with native RF mount lenses, which also crop down when shooting 4K. Metabones says it adjusts the focal length and aperture in the EXIF data, too – although there are some exceptions with faster than f/1.4 lenses (see Note 3 on the product page).

As well as autofocus and EXIF adjustments, you also get support for Image Stabilisation, and there’s a built-in multifunction control wheel for adjusting ISO, shutter speed, aperture control or depth of field preview and an LED indicator to show communication status. Inside it’s flocked to reduce internal reflection, and the Arca Swiss, Markins and Photo Clam compatible tripod foot is removable.

A full list of compatibility, and specifically unsupported features – like FullHD video – which isn’t cropped, APS-C lenses, lens correction profiles, stacked M42 adapters, etc.

This would’ve been an awesome product a year ago. But now? I’m not so sure. With the EOS R5 on the way, and possibly a 6D-like EOS R6, the former of which will utilise the entire sensor for 4K and higher resolution video and the latter expected to offer full-frame 4K, is this adapter quickly going to become a redundant product?

The Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x is available to buy now for $479.

[via DPReview]

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2 responses to “Metabones has released a Canon EF to RF speed booster to reduce the EOS R 4K crop factor”

  1. Kenneth Muhlestein Avatar
    Kenneth Muhlestein

    Bought mine first week of January. Great tool. Gives you lots of extra possibilities. The crop factor was never my concern, but this basically doubles your lens collection giving all your lenses new functionality. Another tool in the arsenal. Liked it so much i bought another speedbooster for my ef-m camera.

  2. Felix Woodcock Avatar
    Felix Woodcock

    I don’t think this adapter makes the EOS R redundant because speed boosters bring many advantages to existing lenses like increased light gathering and sharpness. I look at the EOS R as an alternative to the Canon 1DC because of the 4K features and similar crop factor.