Metabones has launched a new adapter which will allow Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds camera owners to mount PL-mount lenses on their devices.
One of the companies making sure that photographers are satisfied with lens offerings is Metabones. This third-party accessory manufacturer is developing adapters, which allow users to mount different optics on their cameras. For example, one of its Speed Boosters allows users to attach Canon EF-mount lenses to Sony E-mount cameras.
The company is back with two new adapters. Both of them are compatible with PL-mount optics, while on the camera side they are supporting Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds shooters.
Metabones PL-mount adapter to Sony E-mount cameras is available right now
The PL-mount has been designed by ARRI for its 16mm and 35mm video cameras, although the same optics are usually used in RED camcorders.
The adapter developed by Metabones is aimed at 35mm PL optics, which will be big enough to cover the frame of full frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sensors.
Metabones has confirmed that the adapter has been tested with multiple Sony “E” models, including the A7, NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5, and NEX-3 series. Additionally, the product will work with E-mount camcorders, such as the FS100, VG900, and VG-30.
If you own a PL-mount lens and a Sony E-mount camera, then you can purchase the “MB-PL-E-BM1” adapter at the company’s website for a price of $369.
Metabones to release PL-mount to Micro Four Thirds version in the near future
The Micro Four Thirds version of the Metabones PL-mount adapter is not very different from the E-mount version. It retains the same characteristics, which include a tripod foot. This way, photographers and videographers can easily mount a larger setup on a tripod.
PL-mount optics are made for video purposes, meaning that they are better suited for camcorders or cameras that are offering lots of videography features. Since we are talking about the Micro Four Thirds line-up, then Panasonic GH4 owners will surely be happy to take advantage of a broad lens series.
The GH4 is capable of recording videos at 4K resolution, so it remains to be seen how PL-mount lenses will fare when the “MB-PL-m43-BM1” adapter becomes available. For now, this version does not have a release date, nor a price, but the availability details should become official soon.
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