Fotodiox Excell+1: Metabones Has New Competition

by Hugh Brownstone13 Comments

UPDATE:

“Well, I feel sheepish.”

–       Genie, in ALLADIN

Sorry, guys, I got it wrong.

Yes, PDN is a reputable site.  Yes, they posted on October 14th – not July — and we picked it up just a few days later.  And yes, we wrote specifically that image and manufacturing quality were  “[t]o be determined,” rather than assumed.

Except, they already had been determined months earlier, as so many of you have pointed out, forcing Fotodiox to put out their own video days later; offering a full refund; and offering a $50 credit toward Fotodiox products for those who chose to keep the Excell+1.

In this instance, you were more up on this than I, and other than an ad hominem attack or two, I am grateful for the correction.

ORIGINAL:

It was only a matter of time before the Metabones Speed Booster and Speed Booster Ultra got competition. Fotodiox enters the fray with a Micro Four Thirds mount adapter for old school Canon FD and FL lenses — and a version for Nikon glass — called the Excell+1. While the Canon version doesn’t handle the EF series like Metabones’ latest offering, how far behind can it be?

Just last week I wrote about the manual focus Voigtlander Noktons, how much they reminded me of the Canon FL series lenses I grew up with, and how much I loved them.

Now Fotodiox has announced a Speed Booster-like adapter – complete with focal length reduction (to 70%) and one stop more light transmission – for those very same lenses (the old Canons), along with a version for  Nikon glass on the MFT mount.

With a price of $160, it’s less than half that of the equivalent Metabones model.

How does it compare for image and manufacturing quality? To be determined!

You can learn more about it here.

Object of Desire: Fotodiox Excell+1

Via Photo District News:

All the excitement around Metabones’ speed-boosting lens mount adapters has lured additional competitors into the market. Fotodiox’s new Excell+1 is notable not just for its novelty, but also its price—at $160, it’s considerably less expensive than the $400-plus adapters it competes with.

The Excell+1 mounts to a Micro Four Thirds camera body and allows you to use older, full-frame lenses from either Canon or Nikon to obtain a wider angle of view. The Excell+1 effectively reduces the “crop factor” of a given lens, so a 50mm Micro Four Thirds lens that typically has a 100mm full-frame equivalent would enjoy a 70mm field of view with the Excell+1. Fotodiox claims the mount will give you an extra stop past your lens’ maximum aperture, giving you a bit more speed.

Read full article at Photo District News “Object of Desire: Fotodiox Excell +1”

Excell+1 NIK(G)-MFT from Fotodiox Pro – Nikon G Lens to Micro 4/3 (MFT) Camera Lens Mount Adapter with Light Gathering Optics and Aperture Control

Via Fotodiox:

The advanced Excell+1 Lens Mount Adapter supercharges any Nikon Lens* (including G types without an aperture dial) that you attach to a Micro 4/3 (MFT) camera body. The Excell +1 has additional light focusing optics built into the adapter itself which increases the maximum aperture of your lens by 1 stop, while at the same time making your lens wider by a 0.72x factor – significantly reducing the natural crop factor of your camera!

With the Excell + 1 Lens Mount Adapter on your Micro 4/3 camera, you can attach any of your favorite full frame Nikon lenses and get both a wider angle of view (ie, 50mm lens turns into a 70mm lens equivalent instead of 98mm) than a non-optic adapter, and make your lens 1 stop faster.

Fotodiox Excell image 1

 

The red dial on the adapter is an aperture adjustment dial which allows the iris to be adjusted on even the Nikon G lenses; on older Nikon lenses with a aperture dial on the lens, the red dial on the adapter can act as a depth of field preview lever allowing you to switch back and forth between wide open and stopped down to a certain f-stop.

Fotodiox Excell image 3

 

 

Excell+1 FD/FL-MFT from Fotodiox Pro – Canon FD (and FL) Lens to Mirco 4/3 (MFT) DSLR Camera Lens Mount Adapter with Light Gathering Optics and Aperture Control

Via Fotodiox:

The advanced Excell+1 Lens Mount Adapter supercharges any older Canon FD Manual Lens (including Canon FL mounts) that you attach to a Micro 4/3 (MFT) camera body. The Excell +1 has additional light focusing optics built into the adapter itself which increase the maximum aperture of your lens by 1 stop, while at the same time making your lens wider by a 0.72x factor – significantly reducing the natural crop factor of your camera!

Fotodiox Excell canon Image 1

With the Excell + 1 Lens Mount Adapter on your Micro 4/3 camera, you can attach any of your favorite full frame Canon FD/DL lenses and get both a wider angle of view (ie, 50mm lens turns into a 70mm lens equivalent instead of 98mm) than a non-optic adapter, and make your lens 1 stop faster.

Fotodiox Excell canon Image 2

The red dial on the adapter is an aperture adjustment ring for Canon FD & FL lenses. You can also use this function just like a depth of field preview lever allowing you to easily switch back and forth between wide open and stopped down to your selected f-stop.

 

Click the here for more detailed information on the power of the Excell +1.

As with all Fotodiox Pro series adapters, these adapters have been specially crafted to endure professional use. The leaf spring design in the adapter holds the lens tight to the camera body ensuring there is no play between the camera and the lens. The all metal design and polished surface are designed to guarantee a smooth mount and long lasting experience. Although the lens will fit physically, automatic diaphragm, auto-focusing, or any other functions will not operate correctly while using this adapter. Because of this “stop-down mode” will need to be used when metering since the lens does not have the ability to have its aperture controlled by the camera body. You can shoot with manual mode or aperture priority mode. Infinity focusing is guaranteed.

*Note – DX lenses for smaller sensor cameras will not work as the image circle from these lenses will not cover the sensor fully on Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Compatible Cameras
Olympus PEN E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-P2, E-P3, E-M, OM-D, E-M5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, G2, G3, G10, GX1, GH1, GH2, GF1, GF2, GF3, GF5
Panasonic AG-AF100

 

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(cover photo credit: snap from Fotodiox)

Hugh Brownstone

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Comments

  1. The Fotodiox Excell+1 is an absolute piece of junk… Are you kidding me?  This is old news… A majority of everyone who bought one has already returned it.  Fotodiox recognized that they did not test it throughly prior to releasing it for sale and hence tried to bribe everyone with a $50 refund if they kept it.  Most people did not because it it is utterly unusable.  This is not my opinion.  This is a fact.  Go buy one and actually try to use it LOL.  This article shows just how ‘out of the loop’ http://blog.planet5d.com/author/planethugh/ is.

  2. I have to admit the results from the Excell is not excell. Very soft all around. No competition for Metabones.

  3. revit I beg your pardon? Hugh has been doing a fantastic job for planet5D and I appreciate what he’s trying to do for our readers. Is he always 100% correct? Are YOU? You’re welcome to write a guest post and show us what you can do.

  4. planetMitch revit Hello there. Bohus here – the guy from the Fotodiox videos. 

    The Excell +1 has been a tough road for a lot of reasons, so I”d like to step in here and clarify a few things.

    Fotodiox did not create The Excell series to be a MetaBones killer. It can’t. The MetaBones is a sophisticated optical system, hence its price. The Excell is a “focal reducer”,  an old idea that’s been around for a while. Fotodiox added aperture control and offered the Excell as a low cost alternative to the MetaBones.

    A couple of early bloggers pitted the two products against each other, and of course the Excell wasn’t going to perform to the same degree at a quarter the cost. The Excell is more of a “prosumer” product for people who want access to a lot of the same things the MetaBones adapters do, and don’t mind a few caveats to save some money.

    Having said that, you’re right about testing gear more. It’s been a little bit of a struggle to build a beta testing team outside the company that will give us the feedback we need to create better stuff. but we do have a team now. A couple of my lenses worked great on the Excell all the way down to f2, but for most people f4 will be the bottom limit. I produced these videos very soon after receiving the product, and definitely could have used more voices from users before we launched.

    So I understand the disappointment that people felt when they bought the Excell under the mistaken impression it was going to perform as well as MetaBones. I had never touched a Metabones adapter until I rented one to do the comparison video here: http://youtu.be/KIv-2BQ3jRI. This is also where we offered people the chance to simply return the adapter if they were really disappointed, or if they were on the fence, we’d just give them $50 back. It wasn’t a “bribe” as revit intones… rather it was a gesture from us that our customers are more important than the money we were losing on the adapter. We didn’t cause all of the confusion, but ultimately we were responsible for it and I like to feel that we stepped up in a way that a lot of other companies wouldn’t.

    To that end, we’ve actually done everything I promised in the videos. Subsequent launches have had more thorough beta testing, we’ve published specs, we’ve created more informative videos. Fotodiox is a company that’s in transition from a commodity accessories company to a company that does creative new stuff all the time. Sometimes we’re going to punch above our weight, but that’s better than a company with no drive to invent or innovate.

    I should also correct this idea that a “majority” of the Excells were returned to Fotodiox. We got some returns, absolutely… and lots of people took us up on our $50 refund… but you know what else we got? Lots of complimentary emails on how we handled the situation, and that we showed a lot of class in how we responded. That’s not a result I was expecting, but am grateful for it. It felt to me like the efforts we’re making to be a more open and interesting company are paying off.

    Thanks for this moment to say my piece. We’ve got lots of other cool stuff coming, and our Excell launch taught us volumes on what customers expect and how we can go beyond that to deliver exciting new gear, and continue to be very plan and open with how we interact with our customers.

  5. Haven’t we been through this before, like back in July? Fotodiox even said themselves their product was not a competitor of the Speed Booster: youtu.be/KIv-2BQ3jRI.

    And the Fotodiox version was woeful in terms of sharpness vs. the Speed Booster.

  6. Test samples at f4 look good but any wider the image seems to fall apart in the fotodiox. Isn’t the point of a speed booster so you can gain a stop but here you can’t shoot under f4

  7. This adapter is 100% crap. I sent it back the next day. Do no support this product planet5d you should know better.

  8. revit You are 100% right this adapter is 100% unusable. It’s a joke I feel that was had on me. I will never ever buy anything for Fotodiox again. You are also right this is way way old news.

  9. NathanDaughdrill I apologize… look as much as we try, we cannot keep up on every product that hits the market. This was based on an article in a respected website – so we’re not the only ones not hearing all the bad news.

  10. Mitch I sent you an email regarding this months ago! thats why Im disappointed in your posting of this. If you google this product you would be presented with pages of unhappy customers it wouldn’t take much. So really whats up with that?

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