Three months ago I decided to pre-order Zhongyi Lens Turbo Ver II M4/3 focal reducer which started shipping a month later.
What this adapter does is it lets more light onto the camera sensor and therefore increases the lens’ maximum aperture as well as makes the lenses wider (by factor 0.71). This is especially useful with cameras that have smaller sensors like the Super 16 of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. With this reducer, the image gets sharper and we’re able to get that beautiful looking shallow depth of field.
Interestingly enough, there hasn’t been much buzz about this upcoming product online, despite the fact that it only costs $150 and it’s essentially the same product as the famous MFT speed booster by Metabones, which costs $479.
So I was lucky to receive one of the first copies of this focal reducer and decided to film a quick demo. By the time it was uploaded on Vimeo, it was the first test video online.
In 2014, Zhongyi brought out a similar version 2 focal reducer for Sony E mount cameras. Alan Besedin from VintageLensesForVideo uploaded a great comparison video between the expensive Metabones and the cheaper Zhongyi, and the results were very suprising! I was sold and determined to buy the 2nd version of Zhongyi’s focal reducer, which solves the blue dot issue and edge softness of the version 1, as soon as the Micro Four Thirds mount comes out.
Shot handheld at ISO 800, 24 fps in Film profile. Edited and stabilized in FCPX, Blackmagic 4K LUT added to the footage.