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Canon EF-EOS R 0.71x Testing

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As an owner of an EF 50mm f/1.2L, when I picked up my C70, I just knew I had to try out the 0.71x adapter.  So this past weekend, did just that.

 

The scene: basement setup in the evening with virtually no ambient light influencing the scene.  Single 60-watt equivalent LED 5000K bulb 16 feet away from the subject.

 

I first set up the C70 with the adapter and 50mm lens on a tripod to get the framing I wanted.   Having said that, after computing the crop factor of the Super 35 with the 0.71 from the adapter, you end up with a crop of 1.0366 or just under 52 mm. 

 

For the correct exposure of this dim scene (I wanted the footage to match what I physically saw in person), it would be f/2.8, shutter of 1/48s and ISO 3200.

 

 

First up, my Vixia HF G50.   Since the zoom range doesn't reveal the focal length, I had to guess and approximate the framing.  I was recording in UHD with the 8-bit 4:2:0 150 Mbps codec, 23.98 fps.   f/2.8, 1/48 shutter, and gain of 24dB (at the max).  No idea what ISO this is, but I do know it would be no greater than 1600.  I'd guess this was around 1250.

 

Scaled down version here of a UHD frame, then a 100% view of a small section.  Along with being underexposed, massive chroma noise and artifacts in general.

 

Vixia_HF_G50_noise.jpg

 

vixia_hf_g50_noise_detail.jpg

 

Next up, my C70 with RF f/2.8 L lens.  Set to 35mm to get the same framing (approx 52 mm equivalent).  When recording in DCI 4K, the crop factor is 1.46.   True 24 fps.  Used the All-I codec (10-bit 4:2:2 at 440 Mbps). Shutter at 1/48 and ISO at 3200.

 

Here you can clearly see the advantages at play here.  Mostly due to the massive sensor as compared to the Vixia's.  Each sensor site is 13.5 times the area.

 

NOTE: The following images will appear "flat".  I recorded with CLog2 on the C70.  No post-production applied at all to these movie stills.

 

C70_RF_2_8_noise.jpg

 

C70_RF_2_8_noise_detail.jpg

 

Finally, the C70 with 0.71 adapter and the EF 50mm f/1.2.  Specifically for light-gathering, this was now an f/0.9 lens!   Field of view was still the 52mm on full frame and depth of field was still based on the f/1.2 value.

 

This allowed me to drop the ISO down to 320.   If I had a 1-stop ND filter, I would have also tried that so as to set the ISO closer to the 800 value.  Still, lower ISO leads to less noise and this was not a high-dynamic range scene at all.  So loosing some of the 16+ stops of latitude was not a problem at all.

 

C70_EF_1_2_noise.jpg

 

C70_EF_1_2_noise_detail.jpg

 

Other notes... typically not a fan of in-body (digital) stabilization.  For all tests above, that was off since on a tripod.  But I did capture some footage hand-held and it did a really good job with the EF 50mm.

 

The other really impressive thing was when going outside.   I captured footage in bright sunlight with the 10-stop internal ND enabled, but a 3-stop ND stacked with a CPL on the 50 mm lens.  So anywhere from 14 to 14.5 stops of ND (the CPL has a 1/2 variance depending upon it's rotation).   Focus could still be acquired which was impressive.   I did have to max the screen luminance and that was still a bit difficult to see.   But the footage turned out well.

 

I will definitely rent this adapter again when needing to capture footage in very dim conditions.

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Ricky

EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L, 600EX-RT (x6), ST-E3-RT
EOS C70, RF 24-70 f/2.8L IS, EF-EOS R 0.71x
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