Metabones Speed Booster Review: is it good enough for $600?
This was not planned as a test, I’ve bought Metabones Speed Booster for my wife’s Sony Nex 7 to make it work with variety of Canon lenses we have. We already have a manual-only cheap Canon EF adapter for Sony E-mount (review is here: Sony NEX Lens Adapter Review and Image Samples), but since it has no auto focus, woman can’t really use it:-)
So, this was the main reason we bought this nice Metabones Speed Booster, to get an auto focus on Canon lenses we can use on Sony Nex 7 body. The rest benefits such an extra plus F-Stop of lens’s brightness and
no reduced crop factor was an awesome bonus for us.
here is what I’ve discovered, watch the video:
Metabones Speed Booster Review Video
In addition to this video demonstration I did a test in studio using Canon macro F2.8 L lens mounted on Canon 5D mark II and Sony Nex 7 with Metabones Speed Booster lens adapter. Used a strobe lighting, manual shooting mode, shutter speed 1/200 on both cameras and shot still life with wide open (f2.8 on Canon and f2.0 on Sony), F4 and F16 on each camera.
White balance was set to “flash” on both cameras, I’ve used a camera autofocus on a particular area (same for both cameras), and after I’ve got a focus confirmation, focus was set to manual.
No adjustments to the images were made, all default setting in ACR and then simple resizing or crop and saving for web. See what I’ve got:
Metabones Speed Booster v.s Native Canon Macro lens
100% Crop, F16: before is Sony with metabones speed booster , after is Canon
100% Crop, F4: before is Sony with metabones speed booster , after is Canon
100% Crop, F2.8-2.0 – before is Sony with metabones speed booster @ F2.0) , after is Canon
Full images, check the different in lens’s vignetting. Also, there is a noticeable different in a size (you’ve seen it on 100% crops, Sony images are larger): there is a crop factor on Sony, but much less than X1. w/o metabones adapter6
Sony Nex 7 with Metabones speed booster:
Sony Nex 7 with Canon macro F2.8 Lens at F16
Sony Nex 7 with Canon macro F2.8 Lens at F4.0
Sony Nex 7 with Canon macro F2.8 Lens at F2.0
Canon 5D MKII with canon macro F2.8 L lens
Canon 5D MKII with Canon macro F2.8 Lens at F16
Canon 5D MKII with Canon macro F2.8 Lens at F4.0
Canon 5D MKII with Canon macro F2.8 Lens at F2.8
Partially Removes a crop factor from the camera body when used with canon lenses made for full frame DSLR. Adds one F-Stop to the lens brightness
Jerky and slow autofocus (might not be a Metabones Speed Booster issue but Sony’s). Noticeable reduction of image’s sharpness on good canon glass. (you may not notice this on average glass).
Would I buy it for $600? Nope, I’d rather get a good manual focus Sony E-mount to Canon EF adapter
Below are few close-up of the Metabones Speed Booster adapter shot I’ve snapped in a studio
P.S Do you want to see BTS of this shot iof this metabones adapter? I’ve got it, will be posted soon.