Filters, Adapters, Matte boxes Sun, 19 Nov 17 17:22:08 -0700 Filters, Adapters, Matte boxes en-CA Mitakon lens Turbo, Speed Booster analog, available Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:22:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6753@/talks/discussions image


  • Ratio is 0.726
  • No electronics planned

Newest adapters version MK II available on deals -

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.



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.


Novoflex NEX-Retro Reversing Adapter Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:06:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18078@/talks/discussions

For owners of Canon EOS wide-angle or zoom lenses as well as Sony E-Mount lenses the NOVOFLEX RETRO-Adapters open up the world of extreme close-up photography with outstanding quality.


"The new NEX-RETRO reversing adapter from NOVOFLEX is a powerful addition to any Sony user's toolkit. It allows any Sony E mount lens to be attached to the camera in a reverse orientation changing the focal length to macro functionality with full electronic transmission as though the lens were mounted directly to the camera in its usual manner. We're delighted to bring this functionality to Sony users just as the EOS-RETRO provides to Canon users."

The NOVOFLEX RETRO-Adapters lets you mount the lens in reverse position on the camera. The ring transfers all control functions.

Example: With a Canon EOS 28-105 mm zoom lens in reverse position, you get an image ratio of 1:7 with a focal length of 105 mm from 1:7 to 2.8:1 at 28 mm.

This is a wider setting range than is possible with a macro lens.

The NOVOFLEX RETRO-Adapters are supplied standard with a 58 mm filter diameter. Stepping rings are available for other filter sizes.

  • Bring to life the finest details: NEX-RETRO allows reverse mounting of Sony E-mount lenses for close focus macro applications.
  • No compromise in flexibility: NEX-RETRO retains complete electronic functionality between Sony E-mount lenses and bodies.
  • Precision engineering: NEX-RETRO is the perfect tool to make the perfect picture even better.

Technical specifications:

  • Size: 75 mm (2.95”)
  • Weight: 160 g (0.35 lbs)
  • Maximum extension: 550 mm (21.65”)

Irix Edge 100 filter system Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:38:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18036@/talks/discussions

The TH Swiss company would like to announce the expansion of its range of Irix accessories with the Edge 100 series filter system. Among new products, there will be a versatile holder – the IFH-100 - with dedicated adapters and a wide choice of 100x100mm and 100x150mm filters.


The Irix Edge IFH-100 filter holder

The Irix IFH-100 is a universal filter holder designed for size 100mm filters. Its lightweight compact construction and bayonet adapter are created especially for the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens, allowing the use of two filters at the same time without any vignetting effect. The construction of the filter holder base on the removable adapters allows for quick and easily attachment to the lens, along with free rotation around the optical axis when using the graduated or polarizing filters.

The ability to use removable adapters with thread diameters from 67mm to 82mm means that the holder can be used with lenses produced by Irix in the future, along with other brands. Each adapter has an additional thread for attaching the cap to the lens.

The filter holder is made of an aluminium alloy, which guarantees the high strength and stiffness of its structure. This has enabled to get an extremely compact size while keeping wide functionality, along with an aesthetic design together with the whole Irix product line. It is worth mentioning that the IFH-100 is the lightest holder of its class. The front surface of the filter holder is covered with a light-absorbing velvet fabric that blocks access to the side light, what is especially important when using high density optical ND filters.

The Irix Edge 100 filters

With the introduction of the IFH-100 filter holder, the Edge 100 series filters will also be available in two formats. The first, size 100x150, will contain gradual filters with a soft and hard transition, and also a reversed gradual filter dedicated to taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets. These rectangular filters will be available in ND4, ND8 and ND16 versions. In the square format, Neutral Density filters with densities ND32, ND128, ND1000, ND1000K will be available for the 100x100mm, along with a polarizing filter. There are future plans by the manufacturer to introduce filters which reduce light pollution.

Edge 100 series filters have a thickness of 2mm and are made from high quality optical glass which is also used in the production of the optical elements in lenses. Filters are coated on both sides with an anti-reflective nano-coating to keep high contrast and natural colours in pictures. The additional water and oil repellent coating also ensures easy cleaning of the surface.


The premiere at Photo Plus Expo 2017

The Edge series will be available at the Irix booth (No.929) during the Photo Plus Expo in New York City on October 26-28, 2017.

The full range of new Irix Edge accessories, along with pricing and availability information, will be published in the near future.

Speed Booster Adapter For Pentax Q Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:03:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17913@/talks/discussions image


  • Magnification: 0.50x
  • Crop Factor for Pentax Q, Q10: 2.8x
  • Crop Factor for Pentax Q7, Q-S1: 2.3x
  • Maximum Output Aperture: f/0.666 (with f/1.2 lens attached)
  • Rectilinear Distortion: < 0.666%
  • Lens Elements/Groups: 6/4
  • Length Reduction: 10.1 mm
  • Supported Cameras: Pentax Q, Q10, Q7, Q-S1
  • Camera Mount: Pentax Q-mount
  • Image Format: 7.44 mm x 5.58 mm (1/1.7”)
  • Lens Mounts: Nikon F/G
  • Lens Compatibility: Any full-frame (36 mm x 24 mm format) or DX format (APS-C) lens with the appropriate mount can be used.
  • Special Features: Long-throw clickless aperture ring on Nikon F/G version
  • Dimensions: 27 x 76 x 72mm for Nikon F/G version
  • 193 grams for Nikon F/G version
  • Arca Swiss compatibility
  • $489.


Caldwell Photographic Inc. and Metabones is pleased to announce the Speed Booster Q666, a.k.a. “The Devil’s Speed Booster”, exclusively for Pentax Q series cameras. With its 0.5x magnification and world-record f/0.666 maximum speed, it is crazy wicked fast. So make a deal with the devil today and turn your Pentax Q with its back-illuminated sensor into a monster low-light machine unlike anything ever seen in photography. Attach a f/1.2 lens and stop down a little to see how Stanley Kubrick made do with f/0.7 for filming those famous candle-lit scenes in “Barry Lyndon”. Or open up all the way to f/0.666 and probe the darkness in a way that no photographer has ever been able to do until now.

With an advanced 6-element optical design, the Q666 packs lots of optical horsepower in a small package. Sharpness is excellent even at f/0.666 and is downright superb if you stop down to f/1.0. Distortion is very low, with a maximum value of, naturally, 0.666%. And thanks to the back-illuminated sensor used in Pentax Q cameras, the full f/0.666 maximum aperture can be utilized with minimal pixel vignetting effects commonly seen in other cameras used with high-speed lenses.

At f/0.666 (i.e., with a f/1.2 master lens) the MTF is high near the axis and only falls off gradually toward the corners. As the aperture is reduced to f/1.0 and then f/2.0 the MTF becomes very high and more even across the field. There is less than 1 stop of corner illumination falloff even at f/0.666. And guess what - there is no vignetting at all after the output aperture reaches f/1.82. Rectilinear distortion added by the Speed Booster Q666 is negligible at less than 0.666%.

Like all Metabones Speed Boosters, the Speed Booster Q666 is optimized to fully account for the camera’s filter stack located near the sensor surface. This is especially critical at the record-setting f/0.666 aperture now possible with the Q666. As a result, an enormous range of optics, from vintage film lenses to the latest digital designs, will function flawlessly when adapted to any Pentax Q camera. Planned lens mounts for the Speed Booster Q666 include a Pentax-K version and a Nikon F/G version with the most advanced Nikon G aperture adjustment mechanism in the industry.

ND filters Fri, 08 Jul 2011 09:24:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 353@/talks/discussions
* Cheap screw-in ND filters
* Top screw-in ND filters
* Cokin ND filters (mostly resin)
* 4x4 ND filters
* Variable NDs (or using two polarizers)

Interesting read:

Samyang Lens station Tue, 03 Oct 2017 02:08:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17885@/talks/discussions image

Analog of Sigma station allowing you to adjust and update firmware of Samyang lenses.

4x4 ND fader recommendation Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:39:38 -0600 Alexauwa 17866@/talks/discussions Hi guys, I am shooting on the gh5 and wonder what brand will give me best sharpness and color accuracy? Tiffin or skier, Schneider? Whats your experience?

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.

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

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