A new Micro-4/3 mount Speed Booster® adapter designed exclusively for the Panasonic GH4 and other selected Micro Four Thirds cameras (refer to the below camera compatbility table), with a magnification of 0.64x. The Speed Booster XL 0.64x uses an advanced 6-element optical design to achieve extraordinary optical performance at apertures up to an incredible f/0.80, a new record for Micro Four Thirds format.
The new Speed Booster XL 0.64x reduces the full-frame crop factor of the Panasonic GH4 from 2.0x to 1.28x, thus effectively transforming these cameras into APS-H format. When the GH4 is used in Cinema 4k video mode the horizontal full frame crop factor is reduced from 2.34x to 1.50x, thus effectively transforming the GH4 into a super-35 format 4k cine camera. In addition, the speed of any attached lens is increased by 11/3 stops, with a maximum output aperture of f/0.80 when an f/1.2 lens is used. For example, a 50mm f/1.2 becomes a 32mm f/0.80, which is the fastest aperture available for full size Micro Four Thirds format.
The Speed Booster XL 0.64x is similar to the Blackmagic-specific 0.64x BMCC Speed Booster (MB_SPEF-BMCC-BM1), but has been completely re-designed to meet the following requirements:
The working distance has increased by 1mm to permit use on the Panasonic GH4 and a number of other Micro Four Thirds cameras without touching the flexible outer cover of the camera’s shutter mechanism.
The optics are optimized for a standard Micro Four Thirds filter stack thickness of 4mm rather than the 2.4mm found in Blackmagic cameras.
The image circle diameter has been increased to 21.63mm so that the full 17.3mm x 13mm Four Thirds format is covered. This has been achieved while maintaining unusually high image quality over the 17.4mm image circle used by the Panasonic GH4 in its Cinema 4k video mode.
Although the Speed Booster XL 0.64x has extra clearance compared to the 0.64x BMCC Speed Booster, there are still a number of Micro Four Thirds cameras that are not supported due to mechanical clearance issues. This is summarized in the table below, which is color-coded so that Green means the camera is supported and Red means the camera is not supported.
Note that many of the Red-coded cameras actually do function, but there is a minor interference with the protective shutter cover. Although slight contact with the shutter cover appears to have no effect on the functioning or cosmetics of either the camera or the Speed Booster we cannot support these combinations due to possible risk of damage.
Autofocus with an Optimum Balance of Accuracy, Speed, Consistency and Reliability
Starting from firmware V1.7, New in Speed Booster XL for Canon EF Mount to Micro Four Thirds is autofocus on Panasonic camera bodies, subject to certain limitations (see table below for details). We are pleased to report that Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera bodies are capable of autofocusing accurately even if the maximum aperture of the Speed Booster and the lens combined is in the sub-f/1.0 range. Although our first and foremost priority is accuracy, we are able to make great strides in autofocus speed as well, which is significantly faster than a DSLR Four Thirds lens on a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera (with adapter), or our E-mount offerings on Sony cameras prior to Alpha 7R II.
Manual Focus Lens Compatibility
Some improperly-made M42 screw mount adapters may short the electronic contacts of the Speed Booster and cause damage to the Speed Booster and/or camera body.
Focus confirmation 'chips' such as Dandelion are incompatible.
Many manual focus lenses (e.g. OM 28/2.8, OM 50/1.8, Leica R 15/3.5) have rear protrusions (spikes, levers, other appendages) which would damage the optics and/or housing of Speed Booster. They need to be modified before they can be safely used on Speed Booster. Check and make sure there are no rear protrusions from the adapter/lens combination before using on Speed Booster. Scratches and damages caused by rear protrusions on Speed Booster are not covered by warranty.
|Autofocus Lens Compatibility List|
|Accurate:||Canon EF20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM|
Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF35-80mm f/4-5.6
Canon EF40mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM
Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF100mm f/2.8 USM macro
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Art
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC HSM
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD A007
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD A009
Tokina AT-X PRO 11-16mm f/2.8 DXII
|Accurate only on newer cameras such as Panasonic G7:||Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM|
Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF200mm f/2.8L II USM
|Inaccurate:||Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II|
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX HSM
|Manual focus only:||Contax N lenses modified by Conurus|
Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 VC B005
Zeiss ZE lenses
|List of manual focus lenses which REQUIRE MODIFICATION to be used on Speed Booster|
|Leica R:||Super-Elmar-R 15mm|
Elmarit R 28/2.8
Elmarit R 35/2.8
Summicron R 50/2
|Nikon F:||20/2.8 AI-S|
|Olympus OM:||OM 18/3.5|
|Pentax K:||Every Pentax K-mount lens has a protruding fin and an aperture lever. It does NOT fit.|
|Metabones Speed Booster XL 0.64x Specifications|
|Crop Factor for Full Micro Four Thirds format:||1.28x|
|Crop Factor with GH4 in Cinema 4k (4096 x 2160) Video Mode:||1.5x|
|Maximum Output Aperture:||f/0.80 (with f/1.2 lens attached|
|Length Reduction:||6.2 mm|
|Camera Mount:||Micro Four Thirds|
|Image Format:||17.3 mm x 13.0 mm (full Micro Four Thirds format|