“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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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(cover photo credit: snap from Fotodiox)
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