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Sunday, January 22, 2012

NEX / E Mount to Canon EF Adapter with Electronic Iris Support

For quite some time it seems we have been teased with being able to mount Canon EF mount lenses onto E mount cameras ( NEX / FS100 / F3 ) but so far no shipping product. All that changed a few days ago with these adapters from a company I'd never heard of before, Metabones. Well we all start somewhere, right ? Image link takes you to the WEB PAGE for the product. A little pricy at $399, but still pretty cheap if you have a bunch of EOS / EF mount glass that has requires electronic iris control.

This Smart AdapterTM has the following features:

• True electronic integration of aperture diaphragm - let camera automatically choose aperture in P or S exposure modes, or dial in yourself on the camera body in A or M modes.

• Powered by camera body. No external power source required.

• Wide open button (opposite of depth-of-field preview function) makes manual focusing easy.
 

Whats more interesting is this connector on the sidew with 2 screw holes. Looks like a place to mount some connector - my guess ? Electronic follow focus / Iris control. 

 

Additional Note : The first batch of adapters has been recalled due to a minor firmware error. They are fixing it and making it right, but it does require a return to the factory for update. It appears not to be user updatable... probably because more than anything else they don't want some one swiping their hard created code to make the magic happen. It may also be there is no external connection point a user can connect to for doing the update too.