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Engadget reports that the new Metabones Speedbooster lens adapter lets you mount your Canon ES lenses to your Sony NEX system, but what’s really outstanding here is the fact that those $600 rings can also make your lens wider by a factor of 0.71x  (example: your 85 mmm prime now becomes a 59 mm lens) and best of all, it actually increases the max aperture (!) of your lens by one full stop.

So your pricey Canon 24-105 f4 now lets you open up all the way to f2.8.  Black Magic? Yes, or rather the lens adapter concentrates the extra light gathers onto the sensor, increasing light availability. Very clever.

The Speedboosters are set to ship this month along with support for Nikon and Leica lenses. For someone like me who loves his Canon gear but increasingly uses the NEX for its pocketability and outstanding ease of use, these rings sound like a good investment.

Read more about the Metabones Speedbooster and check out some example videos at Engadget.


Canon EOS 7D Firmware Update

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Canon 7D Firmware UpgradeRumor has it…well, it’s actually confirmed: Canon will release firmware upgrade 2.0.x for the EOS 7D.

Details on the actual release date are sparse, but August seems to be the most likely candidate. Click here for more details on the firmware upgrade.

You can check out this short movie from Canon listing the stuff you’ll get with the free firmware upgrade, including higher maximum burst rates, manual audio level adjustment for video (finally!), in-camera RAW image processing, and more.

Here’s a comparison chart so you know what new goodies your 7D will have after the upgrade.


If you are the lucky owner of a Canon 5 D Mark II you may have heard that Canon finally released a firmware upgrade to allow your baby to record in 24p mode. It’ll also allow your 5D to record at 29.97 fps rather than the cumbersome 30p.

This video was created by the creators of Magic Lantern, which you can think of as open source software improvements to your 5D. It adds useful stuff such as zebra patterns and audio meters to your Canon 5D. It’s free and still in beta but it might be worth a shot if you are using your 5D to shoot movies. If you want to install Magic Lantern on your 5D make sure you read the entire wiki page (link above) before you do.

The Canon firmware upgrade should be available sometime in March on Canon’s DSLR site.

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