Metabones Released Nikon G to Pentax Q Speed Booster

Metabones released a new 0.50x Speed Booster adapter for the Pentax Q mirrorless camera. It’s called the “Devil’s Speed Booster” because it permits a world record f/0.666 lens speed when a f/1.2 lens is attached. Even “ordinary” f/1.4 lenses will give you f/0.7 output.

The unusual nickname apparently stems from the fact that the new adapter boasts a record-breaking f/0.666 aperture and a 0.5x magnification. Like all Metabones Speed Boosters, the Speed Booster Q666 is optimised to fully account for the camera’s filter stack located near the sensor surface.  This is especially critical at the maximum aperture of f/0.666.  As a result, a huge range of optics, from vintage film lenses to the latest digital designs, will function flawlessly when adapted to any Pentax Q camera. Planned lens mounts for the Speed Booster Q666 include a Pentax-K version and a Nikon F/G version with what Metabones claim to be “the most advanced Nikon G aperture adjustment mechanism in the industry.”

The Speed Booster Q666 is available from the Metabones website and its worldwide dealer network for $489.

Metabones Released Nikon G to Pentax Q Speed Booster

Metabones Nikon G to Pentax Q Speed Booster Q666 0.50x specifications

  • Model Code:  MB_SPNFG-Q-BM1
  • Color:  Black Satin exterior; Black Matte interior
  • Magnification:  0.50x
  • Crop Factor for Pentax Q, Q10:  2.8x
  • Crop Factor for Pentax Q7, Q-S1:  2.3x
  • Maximum Output Aperture:  f/0.666 (with f/1.2 lens attached)
  • Rectilinear Distortion:  < 0.666%
  • Lens Elements/Groups:  6/4
  • Length Reduction:  10.1 mm
  • Supported Cameras:  Pentax Q, Q10, Q7, Q-S1
  • Camera Mount:  Pentax Q-mount
  • Image Format:  7.44 mm x 5.58 mm (1/1.7”)
  • Lens Mounts:  Nikon F/G
  • Lens Compatibility:  Any full-frame (36 mm x 24 mm format) or DX format (APS-C) lens with the appropriate mount can be used.
  • Special Features:  Long-throw clickless aperture ring on Nikon F/G version
  • Dimensions: 27 x 76 x 72mm for Nikon F/G version
  • Weight: 193 grams for Nikon F/G version
  • Tripod Mount:  Robust removable type with Arca Swiss compatibility

Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Coming in 2018

According to the latest rumors Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera might be unveiled in 2018. 

In an interview with Xitek, the Japanese company confirmed that Full Frame will be the way to go for their new mirrorless system camera.

As you might remember Nikon already confirmed that they are currently working on a new professional mirrorless system camera. It is said to be unique and different from other companies in terms of performance. The previous rumors indicates that a new Nikon mirrorless model will be announced in late 2017. This could be based on APS-c sized image sensor. The Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera is also rumored for 2018.

Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Coming in 2018

Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Coming in 2018

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  1. New design will be inspired by their long history of mirrorless cameras. It will neither be fully retro nor fully modern
  2. They don’t like the Sony A7 camera design
  3. They will appeal the professional photographers. They think only few professionals currently use Sony-Fuji-Olympus mirrorless cameras

Nikon Full Frame mirrorless camera is expected to be launched in 2018.


ZY Optics releases the Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens

ZY Optics has released the Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X super macro lens for full-frame cameras.

The optic offers a maximum magnification ratio of 4.5:1. This gives the opportunity to fill the frame of a 35mm-sized camera with objects four and a half times smaller than the camera’s sensor. Photographer’s can focus as close as 20cm with the lens.

The Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens comes in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts.  … Continue reading


Nikon 1 J6 Announcement Scheduled for February 2017

The rumor mill is claiming that the Nikon 1 J6 announcement is scheduled to take place at the CP+ 2017 show in February.

Nikon is preparing to replace the 1 J5 mirrorless camera with a new model. It is expected to follow up the previous camera. Even the specs of the upcoming MILC is unknown at the moment we expect minor changes.

Nikon 1 J5 will be replaced by the Nikon 1 J6 soon, a new camera with improved 4K video recording support and SnapBridge technology. … Continue reading


New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Registered as N1514 Model

Nikon has registered the “N1514” name at an agency in Indonesia. This means that the high-end Nikon mirrorless camera is on the horizon and coming in the near future.

Indonesian communications agency is usually the place where devices with wireless connectivity must be registered before becoming available on the market. This is why we can assume that this camera will come packed with WiFi.

This is the first time the Nikon mirrorless camera was mentioned, but it would not be a surprise if it becomes official around the Photokina 2016 event. … Continue reading


Nikon 1 V3 Firmware Update Version 1.11 Released

Nikon released a new firmware update for its mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Nikon 1 V3 firmware v1.10 available for download.

This is the third update to the Nikon’s MILC. New firmware update for Nikon 1 V3 camera fixes an issue that caused increased drain on the camera battery when the camera was off or in sleep mode with a GP-N100 GPS unit attached.

The advanced mirrorless compact camera features a new 18.4 megapixel 1″-type CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection that covers nearly 100% of the frame, the Expeed 4A processor, 20 fps with continuous AF, and 60 fps with single AF. … Continue reading


Sony A6300 vs Nikon D500 Comparison

Here is a quick specifications comparison of the Sony A6300 vs Nikon D500 mid-range cameras with APS-c sized image sensors.

Sony A6300 mirrorless camera features a 24-megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with 425-point on-sensor phase-detection AF system and 11fps continuous shooting (8fps continuous live view). It also has silent shooting feature with maximum ISO of 51200 and 4K video capture up to 100 Mbps.

Nikon D500 DSLR camera features a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor that’s coupled with the new Expeed 5 image processor found in the D5. It also has the same 153-point AF system with 99 cross-type sensor and can able to shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. … Continue reading


Nikon 9mm f/1.8 lens patent for 1-series mirrorless cameras

Nikon is working on a 1-series Nikon 9mm f/1.8 lens as the new patent application appeared in Japan.

The wide-angle prime lens with a fixed focal length of 9mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8 is designed for their mirrorless cameras with 1-inch-type sensors.

When mounted on a 1-series Nikon mirrorless camera, the Nikon 9mm f/1.8 lens will offer a full-frame focal length equivalent of approximately 24.5mm. … Continue reading