Published on May 29, 2013
Sony NEX-6 with Metabone's Speed Booster For Canon EF lenses. -----Sony claims this is a pro-like camera, yet the majority of the YouTube/Vimeo videos filmed with the NEX 6 look poor in quality. To contrast this, for just a few hundred dollars more you will notice that video posts with the BlackMagic systems look amazing. Hmmm. Lenses or maybe just having a camera that does NOT use AVCHD as the fastest bit-rate? I think Metabones can fix this to some extent by opening up real glass to the NEX cameras.
First off, I would have NEVER purchased a Sony NEX 6 if a company like Canon could produce a lightweight, small, DSLR-like (such as the SL1) camera that shoots (progressively) at 60fps or even 120 fps at 1080p with a real CODEC (50Mbits/sec). Till then, I'll keep adding more to my pro case, like the new BlackMagic PCC's!
So can the NEX 5, 6 and 7's shoot good video? Overall, the speed booster makes the NEX 6 almost as good as the cheaper Canon SL1 but with the benefit that the Sony can actually shoot at good frame rates. Come on Canon!!! Sadly, those faster Sony frame rates are stuck in the mud via low quality AVCHD format. Ouch!
Keep in mind the Canon SL1 body is barely bigger (about 100 g) than the NEX 6 but comes with a real viewfinder, the ability to record sound-in, H.264 video data rates, shoots HDR in raw (not JPEG), and attaches to a world of real lenses! Side-by-side the Sony is larger and heavier with a lens adapter and significantly more expensive than the Canon SL1.
The MetaBones speed booster does allow for image stabilization which worked well! Focus worked accurately on most the lenses but was slow even on the wickedly fast 135 L f.2
I shot all lenses wide open, without any regard for shutter speed which ranged from 4000 to 1/180. I shot all video in Av mode, with zero light compensation, or exposure considerations. Other than Black and white, there was no color correction or matching.
I did not use anything very expensive or fancy for this little clip, all hand held, which included:
1) Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM II ---Boosted to f/2.0
2) Canon 135mm f/2.0 ---Boosted to f/1.4
3) Sigma 20mm EX f/1.8 ---Boosted to f/1.2
4) Tokina 11-16mm Pro f/2.8 --- Boosted to f/2.0
5) Crazy dog --- Boosted by energy and being 1 year old.
Note: the Tokina is an APS-chip rated lens, but it worked well at 16mm wide.
All lenses attached to the speed booster on the NEX 6 produced video that was as sharp or shaper from a Canon APS-chip body.
My dog is not really a Ninja rather an Australian Shepherd. ;-) Although, she might actually be faster and sharper than my Canon 135mm f/2.0 L.
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