Anyone who follows VintageLensesForVideo on Instagram might know that I’ve been using a Zhongyi Lens Turbo ll (cheaper alternative to Metabones Speed Booster) for a little while now, mostly along with my current 50mm F1.4 lens of choice, the Canon FD 50mm F1.4.
For total of just over $200 this combo gives me a 54mm F1.0 (full frame equivalent) on my Sony FS100. if you are curious to know how this is possible, take a look at this white paper produced by Metabones.
Canon FD F1.4 + Lens Turbo ll is now my standard low light setup on every shoot I’ve been doing in last few mounts. I decided to shoot a test with Canon wide open at F1.4 to show you how these 2 perform together in challenging lighting conditions. I generally don’t use Canon FD 50mm F1.4 wide open, at least I didn’t until I started using it with Lens Turbo. I always felt that wide open this lens lacked definition and critical sharpness, so my sweet spot used to be F2-F2.8, but with Lens Turbo even wide open it feels perfectly sharp!
I’ll be doing in-depth reviews for both 50mm F1.4 and Lens Turbo, but I can confirm already that it’s possible to get some amazing results with this very affordable combo. Canon FD 50mm F1.4 produces some lovely, dreamy flares wide open, but as you can see in the video above, blackberries and hair stands stay nice and sharp even at F1.4.
It’s impossible to get a 36mm F1.0 lens (54mm equivalent on FS100) for any money and it’s incredible that thanks to focal reducers like Lens Turbo you can effectively have such lens for just $200.
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