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Metabones creates second-generation Canon EF to Sony NEX 'Smart Adapter'

By dpreview staff on Jul 27, 2012 at 19:47 GMT

Metabones has announced an updated version of its Canon EF adapter for Sony NEX E-mount. The second version of the Smart Adapter will feature a screw-on Arca Swiss-style tripod mount, improved anti-reflection shieding and a mode that releases the aperture and stops image stabilization to reduce battery consumption. As with the original version, the Second Edition Smart Adapter offers aperture control, image stabilization and EXIF reporting compatibility with most EF and EF-S lenses. It will be available from August 2012 at the same $400 list price as the existing version.

Press Release:

Metabones Updates EF Lens to E Mount Smart Adapter

Vancouver, Canada, July 27, 2012 - Metabones refreshes its highly successful Smart Adapter (for mounting EF and EF-S mount lenses on Sony NEX cameras) with an improved design. Among the new features of this Second Edition are a detachable AS-style quick release plate, a round opening with proprietary anti-reflection measures and a new “Green Power-Save” mode that cuts down battery consumption by reducing aperture diaphragm and image stabilization actuation during image preview.

Heralded as the first electronic adapter for mounting EF and EF-S lenses on Sony NEX cameras with aperture control directly by the camera body, EXIF and image stabilization lens support, the Metabones Smart Adapter has since become an indispensable tool for the most demanding cinematographers and other professionals. Now, the Second Edition adds numerous incremental refinements based on customer feedback.

The Second Edition will be available in August 2012 at the same price from Metabones' distributors in many countries all over the world and the Metabones online shop.

Comments

Total comments: 50
jrh9696
By jrh9696 (Aug 24, 2012)

I spent extra money ordering this adapter early...I received a version 1 DOA. The customer service has been awful. They cannot communicate at all, or refused to. I have yet to receive a replacement even though I spent $139 US to send it back weeks ago. They lose info, dont speak any english, and have flat out lied about the status multiple times. Find/wait for another option.

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JayCro
By JayCro (Aug 14, 2012)

I received the updated Metabones EF adapter yesterday. My initial impression is very favorable. Build quality is comparable to Zeiss. Aperture and IS works perfect. Manuel focus is easy and precise except with Zeiss E lens. I tried 4 Canon lens so far and all work perfect but as I own 4 Zeiss E lens for Canon I am a bit disappointed. Will contact Metabones regarding this. It really takes a great little camera to a higher level and photos wiith Canon L lens are about as good as it gets and as good as the Sony/Zeiss 24mm 1.8,which is a great lens

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Petrogel
By Petrogel (Aug 12, 2012)

It looks a very good quality adapter, but as vers says 400$ is a huge amount of money for an adapter !!!!!

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vesr
By vesr (Aug 4, 2012)

What? 400$? Too expensive !! I rather use a 20$ adapter and manual focus.
I was expecting a good " fully" compatible adapter with Canon lenses and Sony E tech.

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focuspulling
By focuspulling (Jul 31, 2012)

Let's not forget that Kipon is on the way. Metabones will see some healthy price competition.

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Preternatural Stuff
By Preternatural Stuff (Jul 31, 2012)

Funny how the fools who slam the EOS-M neglect to point out that this thingie costs half the EOS-M.

& they still have to buy an NEX. & still have crap functionality.

Oh yeah cos they're the M4/3 & NEX users facing chronic cognitive dissonance.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jul 31, 2012)

You see, the whole point is that you actually do have a functionality with NEX unlike in EOS-M.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 30, 2012)

Does it autofocus the lenses?

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tosvus
By tosvus (Jul 30, 2012)

No. Too bad they didn't manage to get that into v2. That would have been incredible, though I'm not sure how they would do it practically speaking. Sony's way of supporting most legacy sony/minolta AF lenses is to include a whole translucent mirror focusing mechanism in their LA-EA2 adapter (mimicking a SLT camera that uses phase detection for focusing, rather than contrast detection which Nex uses)

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Jul 30, 2012)

Canon just had to make an EVIL-type body. With the introduction of viable adapters to other camera bodies they had to stop their captive market locked in EF lens users being bled off to other manufacturer's camera systems.

The EF-M is a sort of fop - EF lenses will not work so well when adapted so an entry level EVIL-type camera will put a rough plug in the hole and those with professional level EF lenses might just hang about continuing to use dslr bodies - or so the theory might go.

Make an adapter to mount EF lenses on to EF-M and Canon might hand the keys to the EF auto-focus kingdom to the reverse engineers.

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Khun_K
By Khun_K (Jul 29, 2012)

Got to get one

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jul 29, 2012)

Wow what a bargain... and it doesn't even autofocus! Still, until Canon offer a pro-friendly option, this will suit a lot of people better than the 'EOS-M'.

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FTW
By FTW (Jul 29, 2012)

400$ ???? for a tube and a small chip. The Nex A adapter with full AF support for Minolta and A lenses is "only" 380$, but, it has the full AF system of the A77, focusing motor for mechanically driven lenses and is a huge piece of technology.
The A adapter similar to this one for electronic diaphragm control costs just 190$ for the NEX. So, what gives this adapter any reason to cost 400$. If I consider the price of Canon glass, even used on E-Bay, i better stick to Minolta glass. It is fair priced, is as good and sometimes better than Canon glass. Note that I use mainly ancient Russian Glass from Jupiter and Zorki in m39 mount on the NEX. You get it for peanuts and some is worth a Zeiss or Leica glass anyway. Adapter, yes, but not at 400$, for that price I can buy a fair lens of another brand and a simple 20$ adapter.

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Lupti
By Lupti (Jul 29, 2012)

Well, as Canon and Sony AF system aren´t compatible to each other the adapter can´t do miracles...
Yes, the KoMi adapter seems to be the better option for most users but maybe the Canon adapter is handy for using stabilised L lenses...

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Jul 30, 2012)

Stand aside, you are holding up the queue.

Bottled water is free when out of the tap so why do people buy it?

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FTW
By FTW (Jul 30, 2012)

Because the magazine says it is healthy, the doctor on the radio said it and the neighbor buys it. When 3 people say the same thing it becomes religion. So, look around on the net and see how many people say it is too expensive and you join the religion. May then God beware you from stupidity to buy one. But, for sure, anyone is allowed to throw his money away the way he finds it convenient. I will not blame those who buy one. Every second a sucker gets born, all is to find him on your way, isn't it. We call that business.

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kapanak
By kapanak (Jul 28, 2012)

Anybody else notice the opening is now circular instead of triangular like the first version? :D

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aara
By aara (Jul 28, 2012)

If this mount is vital, there will be good to excellent lenses for this mount, and of course, less dimentions and weight. All other APS-C or FF lenses can be for fun, not for every day use.

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Jul 30, 2012)

I am sure there will be heaps of EF-M lenses over the next 5/10 years but it leaves existing Canon EF lens owners in as much as a hole as the wonderful EOS EF lens did to owners of the old FL/FD system did eons ago - well, nearly.
Anyone with a big investment in Canon EF lenses needs a native EVIL-type body path at a professional level capability, or just as well use fully functional adapters and hope some other manufacturer will make an EVIL-type body that will rise to the occasion.

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guyfawkes
By guyfawkes (Jul 28, 2012)

Using my Nex 5N with Leitz lenses I appreciate having the add-on EVF, but the EOS-M has neither one built in or that can be plugged in via an accessory port. Personally, I feel this is a significant oversight by Canon and greatly reduces the attractiveness of the camera for using any film camera lens, even allowing for the degree of coupling this adaptor offers the Canon user.

Also, I understand the AF is VERY sluggish, so let's hope Canon can get this sorted before finally releasing the camera.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 30, 2012)

You are commenting in the wrong article.

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Tim F 101
By Tim F 101 (Jul 28, 2012)

Aaaaand there goes the rationale for buying an EOS-M. I'm a m4/3 user, but it is hard to imagine one solitary reason to choose the new Canon over a Nex7 and this adapter for use with EOS lenses. Maybe it focuses better, though I'd bet dollars to donuts that SLR lenses will focus like a dog on any mirrorless body.

Oh, there is the inexpensive and (possibly) very good pancake. So I thought of one solitary reason. But aside from that...

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pes084k1
By pes084k1 (Jul 28, 2012)

IMHO there is little use for mounting most big, autofocus and average performance Canon lenses on a NEX, which is better suited for shooting with high quality rangefinder and other exotic lenses, maybe from Nikon, AI included... And the NEX-5n has a much better sensor than NEX-7 (same details beacause of the weaker AA filter, less noise, less fringes, more saturation).

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Jul 30, 2012)

Puzzled? Since when has Canon just made average performance lenses. Yes you can buy average performance kit lenses anywhere, even from Canon, but if you are prepared to stump up another house mortgage you will find Canon actually make rather large high quality EF lenses as well. RF lenses might be physically smaller but they have no monopoly on quality nor do you find many high performance RF lenses in telephoto.

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Jul 30, 2012)

Further puzzlement - obviously Canon has heard of, but as yet unable to implement, focus peaking which makes the use of manual lenses very much quicker and accurate. With some practice focus peaking almost makes focusing as fast as some auto-focus systems and throws in the benefit of accurate focus point selection as a side benefit.

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aara
By aara (Jul 28, 2012)

My very first 1,5 month now with NEX-7 kit and E-mount 24F1,8Z I can easily say, that buy'ing NEX-7 roughly means you are switching to E-mount!

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Kiril Karaatanasov
By Kiril Karaatanasov (Jul 28, 2012)

Truth is now NEX + this adapter is way better then the EOS M. Canon have released a 3 year old sensor in ergonomically challnged (to not use more explicit word) package...what were they thinking?

AF as many have said is not only non-essential but actualy not desirable for video anyway.

I could hardly imagine anyone craving this adapter to reuse humungous EF lenses for photography...

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Jul 28, 2012)

What's that socket on the side?

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Jul 28, 2012)

If you have to use EF lenses on a mirrorless the EOS M is the way. Otherwise I rather use a simple metal adaptor under $50 for the NEX. 4 stops ND if needed.
$400 is not worth it and no guarantee future EF lenses will work on this thing.

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viking79
By viking79 (Jul 28, 2012)

Except the EOS-M camera isn't that great. Once they get a decent version maybe. How much is the EF adapter for EOS-M, $200? So not all that different. I don't have any investment in EOS lenses, nor would I have any interest in using them on a small mirrorless camera. I have more fun with PEN F lenses and rangefinder lenses that are actually compact. I agree though, $400 is too much for my tastes without autofocus.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Jul 28, 2012)

The EOS M may not be much in terms of handling, but the sensor will be on par at least with the 650D. Typical DPR post that discount something before it hits the market.
I'm not saying the EOS M with a big EF lens is the preferred way, and I'm a NEX user myself.

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Jul 28, 2012)

Just in time! Right after EOS-M was announced.
Sure, EOS-M doubles the price, but for $800 you also get pancake lens. If using already owned Canon lenses is the goal and you happened to have NEX you can sell NEX to cover the rest of the cost, including EOS-to-EOS-M adapter.

Not that I would want to use EF lenses on either NEX or EOS-M but EOS-M makes way more sense for that. AF should be there, at least.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Jul 28, 2012)

Right now, EOS-M is less appealing compared to NEX and this or the other brand electronic adapter. If I had to decide between selling NEX stuff and buying EOS-M if I had lenses already, I would stay with NEX and buy this adapter. (But only if doing movies, for still is the same, you will have to rely on sloooowww AF on EOS-M or MF only on NEX but you end with better features and ergonomics at least)

If Canon releases a model with more features and EVF at least, then I would say another thing and back up your statement. But many of these adapters are for people doing film work on NEX-FS100 and NEX-FS700 (great video cameras for less of what Canon offers right now on their cinema lineup)

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jul 27, 2012)

400 for an adapter that doesnt support AF.....yay...

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SHood
By SHood (Jul 27, 2012)

This is all about using Canon lenses on the FS100 and FS700 e-mount camcorders. Users of these camcorders don't use or need AF. When the new Sony FF (A99) comes out later this year this will give another option for those using Canon lenses for video. The A99 will likely trump Canon's latest FFs for video.

This solution allows the video industry to use the more advanced and cost effective Sony bodies without having to replace their lenses. Canon better wake up soon.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Jul 27, 2012)

Give me a ring when AF works too. Until then, this is NOT worth US$400, IMO.

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Jan Kritzinger
By Jan Kritzinger (Jul 28, 2012)

The lack of AF isn't that bad, considering how well focus peaking works on Nex.

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EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Jul 30, 2012)

Why rely on AF when MF gets you more control and is awesomely convenient on a camera like Sony NEX?

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whoodle
By whoodle (Jul 27, 2012)

Seriously....WTF?

For $400 you can get (used) or almost get (new) Canon DSLR body that will give you better IQ w/EF lanses than NEX or MFT bodies will (I'm assuming a MFT version isn't too far behind, as I saw someone else is doing that).

Why wouldn't anyone/everyone go that route?

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ET2
By ET2 (Jul 27, 2012)

"Why wouldn't anyone/everyone go that route?"

Because they own FS100 and/or FS700 and Canon lenses. The AF is irrelevant for video anyway, as Canon DSLRs can't do AF either with most lenses, excluding the newer STM lenses.

Here is a video shot with FS700 and a Canon lens

https://vimeo.com/groups/fs700/videos/46275632

No Canon DSLR can d that

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whoodle
By whoodle (Jul 27, 2012)

Then this would make for an interesting post a Camcorderinfo.com and/or other forums where people care about using semi-functional 3rd party lenses on their $5000-8000 camcorders.

I have a feeling, though, that even there, the subset of people lining up for this thing is awfully small.

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viking79
By viking79 (Jul 28, 2012)

Why would the Canon body have better IQ? I am thinking the NEX would generally be better for APS-C, although the Canon is fine.

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Jan Kritzinger
By Jan Kritzinger (Jul 28, 2012)

focus peaking and/or video.

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ET2
By ET2 (Jul 28, 2012)

"I have a feeling, though, that even there, the subset of people lining up for this thing is awfully small."

Funny that on Metabones site for the entire last 6 months the adapter was never in stock because it was such hot seller they were just selling the adapter to people their waiting list ..
It's still not in stock and only sold if you get on their waiting list by emailing them

http://www.metabones.com/sony/buy-eos-nex-adapter

Many people shoot videos, and FS100/FS700 are popular cameras ..

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Jul 28, 2012)

@whoodle

"Then this would make for an interesting post a Camcorderinfo.com and/or other forums where people care about using semi-functional 3rd party lenses on their $5000-8000 camcorders."

people didn't complain when dpreview put some news about the C300 here and their expensive lenses or some Zeiss CP. So posting this kind of news is not bad at all.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Jul 27, 2012)

How exciting! The Conurus partnership is working well with Metabones. I wonder how long before AF is possible. I know Conurus has always been indicated as a distinct possibility down the road that AF might be possible. If he can make Contax N lenses work on EOS, I have all the faith that Conurus will make AF work for NEX/EOS combination. I wonder if that side accessory port will allow for upgrading which might be for AF down the road?

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SHood
By SHood (Jul 27, 2012)

You probably need a much faster processor for AF, which would increase the price.

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beetwo77
By beetwo77 (Jul 30, 2012)

The Metabones adapter is well constructed and does the job. Auto-focus is unecessary with Nex and focus peaking for most subjects but clearly for things like sport and children, auto-focus does make life easier.

Having said that, let me say this :) I am disappointed about this new release in that the first time I used the original version, I noticed that the tripod mount was too low and needed a spacer to stop your tripod quick release plate from impacting on the lens body. Poor design to let this get through the final considering the lens I used is the Canon 17-55mm F2.8 which I assume was one of the prime targets for videographers using this adapter. Also I am certain some images show the effects of the poor performane of the non reflective surfacesn. Products improve yes, but this is a glaring design fault.

Happy with the product overall, clearly didn't do enough homework with the first version and this is just fixing some glaring problems.

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focuspulling
By focuspulling (Jul 31, 2012)

n/m

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bigley Ling
By bigley Ling (Oct 8, 2012)

looking at the new eco feature of the mkii, makes no sense if you are a NEX 5n camera user, as already the IS is disabled until I half press the shutter, and also the aperture does not continuously adjust if you set the option "live view display settings" to OFF. Only real advantage I see is the circular window.

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