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Mar 22, 2018

Modern lens adapters and how they can benefit your creativity and make you less dependant on camera brands.


This episode is sponsored by:

Skylum and Luminar 2018 - The most innovative photo editor for Mac and PC.

This More Gear Topic will be about lens adapters and you may be surprised what kind of options are out there today because this segment has really seen some interesting innovation far beyond a simple metal mount adapter from a decade ago. And it would not surprise me if you will start to look around for vintage lenses to give it a try after you’ve listened to this show.


Gear that Marco discussed in this episode:


Basic lens adapters without optical elements or electronic connectors for aperture control. These are best used for vintage manual focus lenses with physical aperture rings around the lens:



Mechanical MF lens adapter for lenses without an aperture ring. These adapters have an extra set of aperture blades that allow you to stop down the lens without having to activate the internal electronic aperture blades inside the lens:


  • Vello Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Fujifilm X-Mount Camera Lens Adapter with Aperture Control: ca. $70
  • Vello Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera Lens Adapter with Aperture Control: ca. $60


Fully automatic adapters allow the use of electronic lenses on different mount systems. Such as Canon EF lenses to Sony E Mount. The AF and aperture control are enabled when using these adapters:


  • Metabones T Smart Adapter for Canon EF or Canon EF-S Mount Lens to Select Micro Four Thirds-Mount Cameras: ca. $400
  • Metabones Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter (Fifth Generation): ca. $400

Speed booster adapters are another alternative that can offer two advantages:


  1. An internal lens element reduces the image size before it hits the sensor - effectively increasing your field of view and eliminating the crop factor. This can be very useful to maintain the field of view of a full frame lens on crop sensor cameras such as APS-C or m4/3. With these adapters, a 35mm FF lens can give you a FOV close to 35mm on your APS-C or m4/3 sensor camera.
  2. By bundling more light and sending it to the sensor, you can also gain an additional stop (or more) of light and reduce higher ISO values in low light.




  • Metabones T Speed Booster XL 0.64x Adapter for Full-Frame Canon EF-Mount Lens to Select Micro Four Thirds-Mount Cameras: (1.3 stops more light) ca. $650

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