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Metabones now available for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

By dpreview staff on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:57 GMT

Metabones has introduced two new versions of its Nikon-F to Micro Four Thirds mount Speed Booster adapters. This time they are designed specifically for the Blackmagic Cinema and Pocket Cinema cameras. 

The new 0.64x Speed Booster reduces the full-frame crop factor of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from 2.39x to 1.53x. In addition, the speed of any attached lens is increased by 1 1/3 stops, with a maximum output aperture of f/0.80. The new 0.58x Speed Booster reduces the crop factor of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from 2.88x to 1.75x, with a maximum output aperture of f/0.74. So for example on the Pocket Cinema Camera, a 50mm f/1.2 now becomes a 29mm f/0.74, and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 becomes a 10.5-20.3mm f/1.0.  

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Nikon G to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Speed Booster Nikon G to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Speed Booster

The new Speed Boosters will only attach to Blackmagic cameras equipped with a Micro Four Thirds mount. They cannot be attached to Micro Four Thirds cameras from other manufacturers. The new Speed Boosters will be available starting in December 2013 for $489. 

Have you used Metabones' Speed Boosters? Let us know what you think. 

Source: Metabones

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Total comments: 19
Jan Privat
By Jan Privat (5 days ago)

Canon EF to BMPCC please!!!

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Paul JM
By Paul JM (4 months ago)

Canon mount, please !
I have a cupboard full of Canon EOS lenses, that dont get nearly as much use as they used to since I bought the Fuji XE1, and a BMPCC that is just dying to meet them

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CarVac
By CarVac (4 months ago)

I did some measurements of photos: these speedboosters get to within about 9mm of the sensor. M43 cameras have rather large filter packs and thick shutters, so I doubt these would even fit in most cameras.

I wonder if there's the possibility for a 0.66x version for Fuji X, which lets lens elements get within 10.7mm of the focal plane. That would provide complete full-frame equality for that system.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (4 months ago)

Sounds interesting.

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plasnu
By plasnu (4 months ago)

hmm

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dopsgp
By dopsgp (4 months ago)

Take my money NOW!

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cyberstudio
By cyberstudio (4 months ago)

The image circle of .64x and .58x only covers the smaller sensor size of BMCC and BMPCC.

As an analogy, we could mount a MFT lens on a NEX with an adapter (if we ignore the issue of not being able to focus the lens or control its aperture). However, the image circle is not big enough to cover the bigger sensor. Exact same thing here. The new Speed Boosters covers only the smaller Blackmagic sensors.

I'll grant it's fun just to contemplate the possibility. But, in a way, that these new Speed Boosters do not even mount on Panasonic can be seen as a good feature, so as to prevent their use outside of limits in their specifications. (For example, Canon EF-S lenses (APS-C) don't even mount on their full-frame cameras.)

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (4 months ago)

Crop to BMPCC sensor size not the whole 4/3 sensor

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (4 months ago)

Is there a reason you can't alter a GM1 say disabling the shutter and going only electronic shutter for a dedicated video rig? Maybe a hack to do it? Limited shutter speeds for stills but some awesome options with the adapter?

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Mr Blah
By Mr Blah (4 months ago)

I was thinking this as well. It'd be risky to try it without making sure that the shutter would never activate, but I imagine there's a chance it could work.
With these new adapters offering such a large compression factor, though, you would only be able to use full-frame lenses; APS-C ones would cause major vignetting on a regular-size MFT sensor.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (4 months ago)

The idea was there would be a crop to the BMPCC sensor size.

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cyberstudio
By cyberstudio (4 months ago)

Some of you might be disappointed that regular MFT cameras are deprived of an exciting new product. However, I would look at this from a different perspective and argue that this is not the case.

Panasonic GH2 in 16:9 aspect ratio. sensor size = 18.8 x 10.6mm
+0.7x Speed Booster, effective sensor size becomes 26.9 x 15.1mm (slightly bigger than Super 35)

Panasonic GH3 sensor size cropped to 16:9 = 17.3 x 9.7mm
+0.7x Speed Booster, effective sensor size becomes 24.7 x 13.9 (Super 35 size)

BMCC sensor size = 15.81mm x 8.88mm
+0.64x Speed Booster, effective sensor size becomes 24.7 x 13.9 (Super 35 size)

BMPCC sensor size = 12.48mm x 7.02mm
+.58x Speed Booster, effective sensor size becomes 21.5 x 12.1 (slightly smaller than Super 35)

Bear in mind that BMCC and BMPCC are smaller than standard MFT to begin with. The new Speed Boosters merely bring the full benefit of standard MFT back to them. Panasonic and Olympus have always had the 0.7x Speed Booster to turn into Super 35.

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Mr Blah
By Mr Blah (4 months ago)

Well, there's also the extra 1/2 to 2/3 stops of light these adapters will bring, but yeah, all of the MFT mount cameras will now have a solution to bring them close to S35.

... I'd still like to have the near-full frame width the 0.58x adapter would provide on MFT, though :-P

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dstanton
By dstanton (4 months ago)

It's a good point the mechanical shutter would be in the way; but...

... I don't think all have mechanical shutters, All the MFT's I have; Pano and Oly -- the CCD is fully exposed. It's the newer models that recently came out where mechanical shutters are now in use.

But... who knows... I thought the same there -- wasn't there a standard for Micro Four Thirds -- for all to follow??

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Revenant
By Revenant (4 months ago)

They do have a mechanical shutter, but in its default position, it doesn't cover the sensor.

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brian
By brian (4 months ago)

The Blackmagic cameras don't conform to any m4/3 standard (smaller sensor, 16:9 aspect ratio, no shutter, thinner filter stack, etc.). So its reasonable that these specialized Speed Boosters take full advantage of the unique opportunites presented by these cameras. Besides, there are several Speed Boosters that fit standard m4/3 cameras already.

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seanny
By seanny (4 months ago)

It would block the mechanical shutter. This is why you can't mount these on a photo camera.

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Shadowww
By Shadowww (4 months ago)

>The new Speed Boosters will only attach to Blackmagic cameras equipped with a Micro Four Thirds mount. They cannot be attached to Micro Four Thirds cameras from other manufacturers.

Um.. I thought MFT system was about inter-manufacturer compatibility?

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mikiev
By mikiev (4 months ago)

Blackmagic cameras use the MFT mount, but use a smaller sensor than MFT... see CyberStudio's post, above, for dimensions

So while they make use of the MFT mount, they are _not_ "MFT system" cameras.

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