With a large sensor, the capability to interchange lenses, and an affordable price point, many DSLR shooters are switching to the Sony FS100 or the FS700. For me, switching into a camcorder platform was enticing because I wouldn’t have to do so many “workarounds” for shooting video on a DSLR. Another bonus, and one that has proved to be important, is that I now look more professional in the eyes of my clients.
Having been a Canon DSLR shooter, I had acquired a good amount of Canon glass that I wanted to be sure I could use on my new Sony camera. When researching available options for lens adapters on the Sony FS100, there is really only one clear option: the CVP Metabones adapter.
When initially researching lens adapters, a lot of cheap options show up in the search results; however, the only suitable option I found for my needs was the Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Smart Adapter. Clocking in at $399, I was not excited when I first saw the price. There is a reason, however, that you’ll want to cough up the money and not spend $20 on a cheap, “dumb” adapter.
Most new lenses don’t have manual iris control, so you need to be able to adjust the iris in-camera. Without this feature, you have very little control over the exposure. If you happen to already own older lenses with manual iris control (such as Canon FD lenses) or plan on purchasing an arsenal of them, then there are definitely some cheap options (less than $50) for getting those lenses onto your Sony E-mount camera.
When I ordered my Metabones adapter, it arrived in about a week. I was excited about the padded box it came in, which doubles as a case to keep it in.
It’s also heavy duty. It weighs much more than I expected it to, and seems like it can hold up to some abuse, which is good for me. If I need to take the adapter off to throw on a Sony E Lens, I want to be able to do it quickly without worrying about breaking it.
In the above photo, the Metabones is on the camera without a lens. I went out and bought a Canon SLR body cap because I usually keep the adapter on at all times (even when storing). This makes it easy to take off my lenses, throw a cap on the adapter, and put the camera in my bag.
At the end of the day, this is really the only choice for the serious filmmaker who needs to put Canon glass on their FS100 or FS700. The good news is that it’s built well, it works with every lens I’ve tried putting on it, and it’s not too pricey.
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