Filters, Adapters, Matte boxes Tue, 26 Sep 17 03:22:21 -0600 Filters, Adapters, Matte boxes en-CA BIRTV 2017: SLR Magic ND filters Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:31:54 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17815@/talks/discussions

Canon EF to Fujifilm GFX Techart adapter Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:34:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17793@/talks/discussions image

The innovative adapter developer, Techart, who has previously launched the first autofocus adapter for manual lenses, has unveiled the world’s first Autofocus adapter for Canon EF lenses & Fujifilm GFX 50S camera. The Techart EF-GFX adapter provides autofocus function as well as in-body aperture control for using Canon /Sigma EF-mount lenses on the Fujifilm GFX body.

Techart has tested extensively on the modern Canon / Sigma EF-mount lenses in the market and found the autofocus performance on the GFX is satisfactory. Aperture of the lenses can also be adjusted on the camera by simply turning the command dial. The EF- GFX adapter currently supports AF-S mode for shooting and supports the lens Image Stabilization function (if applicable). Focal length and aperture data will also be saved into the adapter.

Techart is also working to unlock the AF-C and video-shooting feature. It is expected to be seen in future firmware release. The firmware of the adapter is user-upgradable and can be done by simply plugging the adapter into a computer via the Micro USB cable and running the update program.

The short flange distance of Fujifilm GFX 50S provides a perfect platform for adapting different mount lenses. Although not every one of the full frame EF-mount lenses has a big enough image circle to cover the GFX sensor, Techart EF-GFX adapter still opens up a wide range of lenses options for GFX users to consider.

Pricing and Availability

The Techart Canon EF – Fujifilm GFX Autofocus Adapter is currently available for pre- order at our official website ( The recommended retail price is USD 499/pc. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Delivery will commence from mid Oct onwards. 1-year warranty is included.

EOS to m43 electronic adapters Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:42:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4023@/talks/discussions image

Supposed to control only aperture, as I understand.


Of course, photo is of some prototype, as you can't use such adapter in real life.

Viltrox electronic adapters Tue, 09 May 2017 11:55:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16885@/talks/discussions

Viltrox will launch 3 new electronic adapters for Sony E mount and Micro Four Third cameras. NF-E1 allows Nikon F mount lenses to be used on Sony E mount cameras. EF-M1 and EF-M2 are electronic adapters for Canon EF and EF-S lenses to be used on Mirco Four Third camera. EF-M2 also equipped with 4 elements in 4 groups which increase aperture by 1 stop and reduce focal length by 0.71x.

All adapters come with USB port for firmware update. Retail price, product details and launch date to be confirmed. Please LIKE our FB page for latest announcement.



Sigma MC-11 Mon, 02 May 2016 08:46:26 -0600 MikeLinn 15033@/talks/discussions

SLR Magic ND Filters Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:13:57 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17605@/talks/discussions

SLR Magic expands its filter lineup with fixed ND filters

Hong Kong, China (August 23rd, 2017) - To achieve a shallow depth of field, cinematographers use ND filters to control exposure to shoot at wider apertures. To achieve motion in still pictures, photographers use ND filters for long exposures. Modern digital sensors have a broad color spectrum and sensitive to far red for better color response. However, when ND filters are used, only light in the visible spectrums are suppressed without accounting for far red to infrared suppression. As ND density is increased, infrared contamination occurs.

As a result of these simple yet frequent problems, we bring to you new additions to the SLR Magic ND range.

Here are several problem solving factors that gives us a competitive edge:

  • The SLR Magic ND contains no dichroic coating and will not vignette green, magenta or cyan at wide angles.
  • The SLR Magic ND filter suppresses far red along with visible light to avoid issues of color shift and far red pollution when higher density ND is used.

Its not so common knowledge that many digital sensors are more sensitive to infrared light. So for best results, we also recommend using the SLR Magic Image Enhancer Pro filter for IR control.

All our filters are manufactured and optimized to deliver colour accuracy and sharpness across all brands of lenses, and, when utilized with our proprietary lenses, the results are evident. This very commitment to consistency in optics is fast becoming the standard and ethos at SLR Magic.

Here are the technical details:

These new SLR Magic fixed ND filters are available in the following densities.

  • 0.3 (1 Stop) – 82mm
  • 0.6 (2 Stop) – 82mm
  • 0.9 (3 Stop) – 82mm
  • 1.2 (4 Stop) – 82mm
  • 1.5 (5 Stop) – 82mm
  • 1.8 (6 Stop) – 82mm
  • 2.7 (9 Stop) – 82mm
  • 3.0 (10 Stop) – 82mm

The SLR Magic ND filter (MSRP: $99 US) will be available from authorized dealers starting September 2017.

Laowa Magic Shift Converter Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:02:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17321@/talks/discussions image

Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) is an adapter specially designed to convert the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D (Canon / Nikon mount) into a 17mm f/4 +/-10mm Shift lens and use it with the Sony full frame E-mount cameras. With the MSC, you can have absolute vertical lines rather than converging lines while shooting. This is a super useful feature in architecture and interior photography.

Cinematics mattebox topic Fri, 29 Jul 2011 03:00:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 532@/talks/discussions




Initial impressions after playing with it for short:

I really like quality, all but filter frames and their side holding stuff are from metal.
Feels really sturdy.
Has four flags (top, bottom, and two side flags).
Flags (and all mattebox :-) ) are much better than indian stuff, thicker, better made, internal sides are covered with dark velvet.
Right now it feels like one of the best gear purchases.

I'll later try to review it in more detail, but after more real work.

Btw they no longer have this awful screws heads on top of inside velvet on flags, now they use proper screws with flat heads that are below velvet.

Fotga DP3000 series matte boxes Sat, 21 Sep 2013 03:39:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8176@/talks/discussions Forga M1, simple matte box



Forga M2, advanced matte box

Good filter trays with rotation.



Forga M3, swing away pro matte box



Forga M4, pro matte box with bracket





IBIS With Metabones Alternatives (Kipon etc) Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:25:13 -0600 IS2 17420@/talks/discussions Hello,

I'm looking into getting an ef-mft mount for my B cam and was thinking about the Kipon AF since I can control the aperture etc. However, I've noticed that a few months ago people were not able to use IBIS on their GX80s. I was wondering if this has been addressed and if anyone can recommend something that will allow me to control aperture and use IBIS.

NAB 2017: Fotodiox Variable ND and CPL adapters Sun, 28 May 2017 14:42:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17037@/talks/discussions

RJ Lens Turbo m43 adapters Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:13:02 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9086@/talks/discussions image


Above is Nikon F/G - m43 0.71x.


  • m42 to m43
  • Nikon F /G to m43 (new, with tripod mount ring, check photo above)
  • Canon EOS (passive) to m43 (new, with tripod mount ring, check photo above)
  • Canon FD to m43
  • Monolta MD to m43
  • Pentax K to m43
  • Pentax PKA to m43 (for lenses without aperture rings)

Improved optics making is sharper than Mitakon offerings.

Price: adapters without tripod mount - $122 $90, with tripod mount - $129 $99
Shipping: Price already includes shipping for all countries.

I want to buy this adapter.

Cine Gear 2017: Optitek m43 adapters Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:16:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17107@/talks/discussions

Nikon F to Sony E mount electronic adapters Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:11:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13611@/talks/discussions

Xume Magnetic Filter Mounting System Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:15:14 -0600 jimtreats 996@/talks/discussions

So i'm guessing there's nothing that could get frustrated by the presence of a magnet in a lens? What about the silentwave style focus mechanisms?]]>
NAB 2017: Fotodiox DLX Stretch lens adapters Sun, 28 May 2017 14:41:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17036@/talks/discussions

Meike Nikon F to m43 adapter Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:47:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17278@/talks/discussions image

Lee ProGlass IRND Filters Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:25:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17273@/talks/discussions image

Two years in the making, the ProGlass IRND range from LEE Filters sets a new standard in neutral-density filters.

ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers, and have already been hailed as the best neutral-density filters on the market. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the LEE Filters Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems.

Advances in coating technology mean that the filters, which are manufactured from 2mm-thick, optically flat glass, are available not only in strengths of two (0.6ND), three (0.9ND), four (1.2ND) and six (1.8ND) stops, but also in ultra-long 10 (3ND) and 15-stop (4.5ND) versions. Not only this, but all filters in the range – whatever their strength – are designed to be free of colour casts, with extremely accurate stop values, ensuring consistency in all shooting conditions and allowing for absolute precision when exposing images. Their neutrality also means less time spent tweaking colour balances in postproduction.

In addition, filters in the ProGlass IRND range are designed to block both infrared and ultraviolet pollution. As a result, blacks are rendered truly black, whites are clean, and results reveal a crispness that is second to none.

The 6, 10 and 15-stop versions of the ProGlass IRND filters come with a foam seal to prevent light leaks during long exposures, and should be placed into the filter slot closest to the lens. While the 2, 3, 4 and 6-stop versions do not feature a foam seal, it is still recommended also to place them into the slot closest to the lens.

All filters in the ProGlass IRND range can be used in conjunction with other filters, including neutral-density grads and the polariser.


  • ProGlass IRND Filter (Seven5 System) – £132.00 each (Excl VAT)
  • ProGlass IRND Filter (100mm System) – £150.00 each (Excl VAT)
  • ProGlass IRND Filter (SW150 System) – £346.00 each (Excl VAT)
Metabones lens speed booster adapter, focal reducer Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:26:32 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5770@/talks/discussions This is 0.71x metabones focal reducer located in the lens adapter.



  • Magnification: 0.71x
  • Maximum input aperture: f/1.26
  • Maximum output aperture: f/0.90
  • Lens elements/groups: 4/4
  • Objective lens mounts: Canon-EF, Nikon-F (Leica-R, Contax C/Y, Contarex and Alpa planned)
  • Capabilities, Canon-EF version: Electronic iris control, AF and VR
  • Capabilities, Nikon-F version: Manual iris control of G type lenses
  • Camera mounts: Sony NEX, Micro Four Thirds, (Fuifilm X planned)
  • Length reduction (Sony NEX, version): 4.16mm
  • Length reduction (Micro Four Thirds version): 6.17mm
  • Dimensions Sony NEX version (diameter x length): 69mm x 27mm (with tripod mount removed)
  • Weight Sony NEX version: 194 grams
  • Tripod mount: Removable type with Arca Swiss compatibility

  • In reality it is EOS to E mount adapter with glass

  • Price for Canon version is about $600
  • Price for Ninon G to m43 is about $400

See more at

Philip Bloom made big mostly like marketing text (and it is, as it is present) full of inline advertisment (almost as text volume), as this thing will have issues anyway. So, wait and do not jump.

You can check early topic on reducers

Irix Edge Gelatin Filter Set Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:28:28 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17239@/talks/discussions image

Irix Edge Gelatin Filter Set is now available!

TH Swiss company is officially launching their new product – a set of fifteen neutral density gelatin filters designed especially for Irix lenses.

Specification of Irix Edge Gelatin Filter Set

Irix Egde Gelatin Filter Set consists of fifteen gelatin filters with three density factors: 0.6 (ND4), 0.9 (ND8) and 1.2 (ND16). Each filter was made with ultra-thin (0.1mm) high-quality film to keep the image free of optical aberrations and distortions. Thanks to the square shape and rounded corners, the filters easily fit to Irix lenses equipped with rear filter slot size 30 x 30mm. Irix Egde Gelatin Filter Set is a convenient option for photographers who want to obtain a longer shutter speed with Irix 11mm f/4.0 or use ND filter with screw-in polarizer on Irix 15mm f/2.4 at the same time.


Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapter Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:22:52 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14578@/talks/discussions

Available now at


Techart, the Chinese adapter manufacturer who has previously launched the first Contax G autofocus adapter for Sony E cameras, has unveiled the world’s first Autofocus adapter for Manual Lenses named ‘Techart PRO’. The Techart PRO adapter is able to drive the manual Leica M lenses to reach focus by using the focusing system in Sony A7II and Sony A7RII, giving an unprecedented new user experience for all Leica M lenses owners.

Techart PRO has adopted the z-shift technology where the Leica M bayonet is able to extend and retract. The distance between the lens and the camera sensor is hereby changed in order to reach the focus. The mechanism is quite similar to Contax AX system where the flange distance is changed for autofocusing. Techart PRO has electronic contacts to communicate with the Sony A7II and Sony A7RII and uses its PDAF system to measure focus. The built-in motor will then drive the bayonet forward by a maximum of 4.5mm and reach the focus point for shooting.

Techart PRO is super light and powerful. The adaptor weighs only 133g and is able to drive a lens system as heavy as 700g. Apart from pairing up with the Leica M lenses, users can also further adapt lenses with longer flange distance (e.g. Leica R, CY, PK, MD, etc) with add-on adapters and enjoy the autofocusing experience with other manual lenses. Techart PRO supports both AF-S and AF-C modes and it can also serve as a close focusing adapter which can reduce the minimal focusing distance of the lenses.

A complimentary mobile app will be available for users to save 10 sets of lens data to the adapter and perform firmware upgrade via bluetooth.

Techart PRO is an evolutional product which can give users a completely new experience with their manual lenses. The fast and precise focusing allows users to take quick and sharp photos with their favourite manual lenses. More product information and testing videos can now be found via our official website

Pricing and Availability

The Techart PRO Autofocus Leica M Adapter for Sony E cameras is currently available for pre-order at our official website ( The recommended retail price is USD 349/pc. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Delivery will commence from March onwards and will be shipped from our US/UK/Hong Kong warehouse. 1-year warranty is included.


Adapting very old sigma canon lens to Sony a6500? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:31:47 -0600 fatpig 17173@/talks/discussions I recently snatched the Sigma High Speed Wide ASPHERICAL 28mm 1.8 for a very good price. It is made for old canon cameras from the analog age. Tried adapting it to my a6500 with the viltrox adapter. No electronic connection. Will now try a non-focal-reducing adapter by commlite. Are there any other speedbooster options out there except for metabones? maybe one with a built in aperture?

thanks guys!

Viltrox electronic focal reducer vs. Zhongyi Lens Turbo II Comparison Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:59:46 -0600 fatpig 17137@/talks/discussions Viltrox came out with the first cheap electronic focal reducer. I got it because I'd like to use some Canon lenses that have no aperture ring. Sadly, corners are not quite as sharp and there is a little more bulging. Also, inside the adapter is less space because of electronics, and some vintage lenses wont fit without cutting protruding pins.

check out these straight-out-of-camera JPGs from the Sony A6500.

viltrox: viltrox

Zhongyi: zhongyi

UV and protection filters transmission Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:04:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17129@/talks/discussions image

Article is interesting but quite pointless, as you need spectrogram of transmission for real judgments.
Especially considering UV filters.

Laowa Magic Format - adapt your FF lenses to medium format Wed, 24 May 2017 02:49:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17001@/talks/discussions image

Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the Laowa Magic Format Converter (MFC), the world’s first Fujifilm GFX adapter with optics for Canon/Nikon Full Frame lenses. The patented optics system inside the MFC will enlarge the image circle of any full frame lenses and fit it onto the relatively larger Fujifilm GFX- 50s camera sensors. It has a focal length multiplier of 1.4x and reduces the maximum aperture by 1-stop.

The Laowa Magic Format Converter (MFC) is different from the simple GFX adapter existing in the market. The GFX adapter currently available in the market simply adapts the Canon/Nikon lenses onto the Fujifilm G-mount body with no resizing on the image circle. However, due to the relatively smaller image circle of Canon/Nikon full frame lenses, most of the them are not able to completely fill the Fujifilm GFX sensors, resulting in a vignetting (Dark Corners) or heavily degraded peripheral sharpness in the images.

Our Magic Format Converter (MFC) took advantage of the short flange distance of mirrorless cameras and incorporated a patented optics system to expand the image circle of the lens without compromising the image quality. The enlarged image also corrects the vignetting and maintains the optical performance of your lens in the medium format system.

The Magic Format Converter (MFC) is particularly useful for ultra-wide angle lenses. Vignetting tends to be stronger when we adapt an ultra-wide angle full frame lenses onto the GFX sensors. By using the MFC, GFX users will be able to enjoy an ultra-wide angle of view without the need to crop away all unusable corners of the images. When the MFC is used with our Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens, it will become a roughly 17mm f/4 lens in GFX-50S. The angle of view will be around 116° (equivalent to appr. 13mm lens in 35mm format), making it one of the widest lens available for the GFX system. The MFC opens up a lot more ultra-wide angle lens options for the new Fujifilm GFX camera and increases the compatibility of full frame lenses to the Medium Format cameras.


The Laowa Magic Format Converter (MFC) will come with 2 variants, Canon EF to Fujifilm G & Nikon AI to Fujifilm G. They are expected to start shipping in July 2017. Pricing will be announced later. More sample images in RAW and JPEG format can be found in the dedicated page of our official website.



Looking how to adapt some older lenses to the GH4 Tue, 09 May 2017 22:08:29 -0600 ForrestGray 16892@/talks/discussions Hello!

I recently purchased a Helios 44-2 58mm lens as well as a Jupiter 12 35mm lens. I did a little research and purchased I believed to be the correct adapters to use the lenses on my Panasonic Lumix GH4. Sadly, I've grabbed a 'Keycay L39 to M4/3' and a Fotasy L39 to M4/3 neither which allowed me to focus the lens once secured to the camera.

Im also wondering what kind of adapter would allow me to use the Jupiter lens, as well.

Any input is appreciated!

Low Contrast Filters/Ultra High Contrast Filters - what's the difference in real?!? Sun, 26 Aug 2012 06:28:53 -0600 producer 4375@/talks/discussions Anyone using low contrast filters? Is it effective for getting flatter image? I'm planning to buy Tiffen Low Contrast #1 #2 #3 filters, or at least #3. So, any experience? Footage?

Camdiox Focal Reducer with Aperture (NEX-EF) Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:41:51 -0600 fatpig 16763@/talks/discussions Does anyone have any experience with this focal reducer?

I used to buy the focal reducers offered on PV, they have good optics. However, I love the fact this one has aperture blades. Any experience with this one?

FotoDiox Vizelex adapter with ND Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:56:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9864@/talks/discussions image

Cost: $99

Gh5 filter help Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:17:56 -0600 jclmedia 16740@/talks/discussions Need a good uv filter, what one should i get.