Metabones Firmware Fixes Aperture Flash On Sony Cameras – Video Test

Metabones Firmware Fixes Aperture Flash On Sony Cameras - Video Test

Earlier this month Metabones announced firmware V0.41 for the Canon EF to E mount adaptor, promising to fix the frustrating aperture flash Sony FS7 and A7s users experience when using Canon lenses. In this article I check out how successful the update is.

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Many people have migrated from Canon to Sony camera systems of late, pound for pound there’s no denying Sonys dominance of the current market.

Many of these people will have also brought with them an EF lens line. Sony still have a way to go in terms of offering a wide variety of professional E mount lenses, plus it makes sense financially; if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Metabones Mark IVHowever, users of the Sony FS7/A7s will all tell you of the… quirks when adapting EF to E mount via Metabones adaptors.

The main problem lies in aperture adjustment. When opening the aperture, the iris will open to max before closing back down to the desired f-stop.

The result is a bright flash every time you adjust exposure.

It shouldn’t be a deal breaker, adjusting stills lenses on a native mount body won’t give you smooth adjustments like a manual aperture lens, however the flash is somewhat frustrating.

Metabones Firmware Version 0.41 for the Canon EF to E mount Mark IV promises to fix the issue, along with a few other features. Here’s the list of updates:

  • User may choose between lens OIS and IBIS using the lens’ IS switch (except for some Tamron lenses). If the lens’ IS switch is ON, lens OIS is used and IBIS is turned off automatically. If lens’ IS switch is OFF, IBIS is used instead. To turn off all IS, hold down the WO button on the adapter while switching the lens’ IS to the OFF position.
  • IS is always turned on during magnified focus assist for ease of manual focusing
  • Added autofocus support for some legacy lenses on A7 series
  • Eliminated iris flicker when opening up the iris from a slower aperture to a faster aperture in Green mode on FS series, NEX-VG series and A7 series in movie mode.
  • Eliminated iris tick noise while zooming a variable aperture zoom lens in Green mode

Does it work? Check the below video where I’ve tested it.

The initial clip is using the older 0.40 firmware, followed by results after 0.41 is installed. I’ve outputted to an Atomos Ninja Blade with overlays so you can see the aperture adjustment in action.

Sony A7S with a Canon 50mm f/1.2

Music  – Lights Motion | Our Time is Now. Provided by The Music Bed.

I went ahead and tested all my in-house lenses also, I won’t bore you with the results, but after quick testing I can confirm the same results as the video for the following lenses:

Canon 8-15mm f/4 Fisheye | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 | Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 | Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS | Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II | Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art | Canon 50mm f/1.2 | Canon 85mm f/1.8 | Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II | Canon 100mm f/2.8 Marco L.

The update now puts Sony cameras in the same boat as native EF mount camcorders (EOS C series) in terms of visual aperture adjustment. At 1/3 stop increments you’ll never get a perfectly smooth change. However this dramatic fix now means aperture adjustments may be suitable mid take for certain genres of filmmaking.

Check here for download of Metabones Firmware 0.41 and instructions of how to update your adaptor.


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