Micro Four Thirds Focal Reducer Shootout

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
MichailK Junior Member • Posts: 34
Re: Micro Four Thirds Focal Reducer Shootout

Another observation:

The good stuff (Metabones of course! ) shows consistent performance throughout the image circle while the Zhongyi and RJ adapters have inconsistent performance going as far as the specific RJ sample being sharper than the specific Zhongyi sample at the upper right corner while the RJ scores lower in general. I guess this has to do with production & assembly deviations between parts as the rule "you get what you pay for" seems pretty much applicable on this occasion - I wouldn't be surprised of even bigger/narrower differences between the two types based on per-part basis.

So, is the Metabones assembly line thoroughly checked part-per-part before being shipped? This would explain much of the higher cost along with the proper design know-how fees (we are not buying just glass and metal here!). Any idea of the failed quality discarded percentage at the production line?

In this Sharpness test, how much things change stopping down 1-2 stops earlier? Looking at these guys' reviews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scowmtIgtPQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry0nuJrXhpg the RJ one seems to sharpen quite a lot stopped down which I guess would make things less lacking than the Metabones (proper) one.

Also, in the Hotspotting test, 70.3mm and 149.4mm are the distances from the sensor up to the rearmost glass element of the Sigma lens? Or to the lens mount point? It looks like the RJ version suffers quite less than the Zhongyi one and for me this looks more like a runner-up to the Metabones part despite being less sharp wide open (possibly not an issue in comparison to the Zhongyi one if both are stopped down earlier).

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