New Speed Booster for Black Magic Cinema Camera Gives f/0.74 Max Aperture

Gear & Apps December 3rd 2013 6:04 PM 2 Comments

BMCC Speed Booster 01

Earlier this year, we reviewed Metabone’s Speed Booster to see if it really can give a crop camera a full-frame field of view and shallower depth of field, and as we conclude in the review, the Speed Booster certainly delivered with that promise. The Speed Booster gave my Panasonic GH3 Micro4/3 (MFT) camera sharper images with shallower DOF and a full-frame field of view (from a 2x crop to a 1.1x crop).

Metabones and Caldwell Photographic, Inc. are back at it again with with a new version of Speed Booster, and this time, they are focusing on two versions spefically made for the MFT mount Black Magic Cinema Camera (BMCC) and the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC).

(NOTE: Although they have Micro4/3 mounts, the new Black Magic is not compatible with regular MFT cameras because the protuding lens in the back would get in the way of the shutter blades.)

The New Metabones Black Magic Speed Booster

There are two versions of the Speed Booster that will come out have magnifications of 0.64x and 0.58x. The 0.64x Speed Booster is designed for the BMCC and will reduce its crop factor from 2.39x to 1.53x, while the 0.58x Speed Booster is designed for the BMPCC and will reduce its crop factor from 2.88x to 1.75x.

The new Speed Booster will also speed up the aperture by 1 1/3 stop for the 0.64x version and 1 2/3 stop for the 0.58x version. So just how fast of an aperture can you get with these Speed Boosters? The 0.64x can produce up to f/0.80 and the 0.58x version can produce up to f/0.74.

That is not a typo. The Speed Booster can take a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens and give you f/0.80 (0.64x version) and f/0.74 maximum aperture (0.58x version). That is Stanley Kubrick lens territory!

And if you have the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, that zoom lens becomes an astounding 11.5-22.5mm f/1.1 (0.64x adapter) and 10.5-20.3mm f/1.0 (0.58x adapter), which finally solves the lack of wide-angle lenses for Black Magic users.

Andrew Reid of EOSHD.com has been testing out the Speed Booster and his overall impression is very positive. Here is the video that he created using the Black Magic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera, the Speed Booster adapters, and the following lenses:

F0.74 – The new Metabones Speed Booster – BMCC & BMPCC versions from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Just like the original Speed Booster, the new Speed Booster will also increase the resolving power of the lenses attached. Here is the resolution chart provided by Metabones that compares a Nikon AIS Nikkor f/1.2 attached to a normal adapter versus the two Speed Boosters.

MFT Chart

Finally, because these Speed Boosters are aimed at videographers, the aperture ring is clickless.

Metabones Nikon G to BMCC Speed Booster

  • Link: 0.64x BMCC Speed Booster
  • Magnification: 0.64x
  • Crop Factor with BMCC: 1.53x
  • Maximum Output Aperture: f/0.80 (with f/1.2 lens attached)
  • Rectilinear Distortion: < 0.35%
  • Lens Elements/Groups: 6/4
  • Length Reduction: 5.7 mm
  • Camera Mount: Blackmagic Micro 4/3 only
  • Lens Mounts: Nikon F
  • Lens Compatibility: Both FX and DX format lenses can be used
  • Special Features: Improved long-throw clickless Nikon G aperture ring
  • Dimensions: 174 mm x 66 mm x 33 mm
  • Weight: 177 grams

BMCC Speed Booster 02

BMCC Speed Booster 03

Metabones Nikon G to BMPCC Speed Booster

BMPCC Speed Booster 01

  • Link: 0.58x BMPCC Speed Booster
  • Magnification: 0.58x
  • Crop Factor with BMPCC: 1.75x
  • Maximum Output Aperture: f/0.74 (with f/1.2 lens attached)
  • Rectilinear Distortion: < 0.5%
  • Lens Elements/Groups: 6/4
  • Length Reduction: 8.0 mm
  • Camera Mount: Blackmagic Pocket Micro 4/3 only
  • Lens Mounts: Nikon F
  • Lens Compatibility: Both FX and DX format lenses can be used
  • Special Features: Improved long-throw clickless Nikon G aperture ring
  • Dimensions: 74mm x 66mm x 32mm
  • Weight: 160 grams

BMPCC Speed Booster 02

BMPCC Speed Booster 04

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2 Comments

  1. LH

    Any idea if something similar is in the pipeline for a full-frame body (I am guessing that the above would create rather severe vignette?) or shall we carry on brenziering it?

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    • fotosiamo

      Because the Speed Booster/telecompressor concept needs a bigger lens to work properly, for a full-frame Speed Booster to work, it would need to accept medium format lenses or larger. – Joe

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