Metabones just recently released a new Version of its Canon EF lens to Sony NEX Adapter.
The new one is to the right side and as you can see it clearly has a bigger inner hole. This comparsion/review is for a specific lens only and I have not even tried to touch any lens with IS or AF at all.
As the Metabones Website states there are 2 major enhancements over the old Mark III Adapter:
- The new design of inner housing in MARK IV has a bigger inner hole.
Improving the Tilt shift lenspreformance.
- The inner hole is painted with matt coating. This can further reduce the internal reflection
Good thing as an architectural Photographer the TS-E 24 is the one lens I use most of the time aside from the TS-E 17 which also works pretty fine but is not supported by chart. So lets find out if the Mark IV version can match the performance of my velvet sealed Mark III adapter. Ordered on sunday the 15th of July in Asia it already arrived here in Germany on Friday the 20th of July. As you can see the adapter is now in a little plastic case which matches the dimensions perfectly, pretty nice if you ask me. They have also added caps for the front and back element which were missing with the old adapter.
This is one of those critical shots were the Mark III without velvet coating failed. Shot directly into the sun at F8, 1/125 and ISO 100.
No need to say much here, you clearly see the difference. I have tested this is various other situations and it is always the same no matter if its night or day. In some cases it the effect even gets stronger at night.
100% crop upper left corner from the previous image. Mark III to the left. The image shot with the Mark IV looks somewhat softer compared to the Mark III version there also seems to be more detail in the left image. Please keep in mind that new new adapter should have “improved shift performance”. Crops taken from the center are identical in sharpness. I have no explanation for this besides the different build quality. I have also refocussed in all cases.
100% crop upper left corner from the previous image. Mark III to the left. Once again the image shot with the Mark IV is a bit softer and also showing less detail compared with the right image.
Is it worth the upgrade? No.
The image quality of the Mark IV adapter is pretty much similar to what you get out of the Mark III without the velvet coating. I personally would not upgrade to the new version if you already own the previous one. Actually I am pretty much surprised by the results I did get as I was expecting a much better quality in terms of flares and shifting images.