The new version of the Aputure DEC EF to MFT adapter gives you electronic variable ND filter with 8 stops of neutral density that can be adjusted wirelessly in stepless increments very similar to how the Variable ND works in cameras like the Sony FS5 and FS7 II. However, the biggest beneficiaries of the new adapter will definitely be Panasonic GH5 soon-to-be owners, who have electronic Canon EF lenses from a previous kit. The new adapter from Aputure should technically work with both the new GH5, the GH4, and other MFT cameras such as the JVC LS300 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera, as it has been designed for the Micro 4/3 mount in general.
This new adapter from Aputure is the next generation DEC EF to MFT adapter, now featuring an improved design made out of heavy-duty aluminium and brass compared to the plastic build of the previous version. You can check out our original post on the previous version here.
The new Aputure DEC VariND isn’t just about the included VariND though, and even though it solves the biggest issue with DSLR/mirrorless type cameras (who don’t have built-in ND filters) is also allows you to control the electronic aperture on the lens and also start and stop the camera. The included hand grip can also be attached on a tripod handle.
The new Aputure variND adapter will also be available in Sony E mount – so Sony A7sII owners don’t despair; a 2nd version for you is coming soon. Gimbal operators working on a budget can also benefit from this adapter, as it is pretty much impossible to change the aperture if needed on a Canon EF lens when mounted on a gimbal without such an adapter.
Aputure refer to their latest DEC VariND EF to MFT adapter as “the ultimate genius adapter” and here are the main benefits of the system.
Adapt Canon EF lenses to Micro Four Thirds or E-Mount cameras – there will be 2 versions (one EF to MFT, and one EF to E)
8 stops of ND from ND8 to ND2048
Clear Filter also included in kit
Wireless follow-focus with the included grip handle.
Wireless aperture adjuster.
It is a remote trigger, allowing you to start/stop recording wirelessly.
Unlike previous DEC models, the VariND also allows you to control both ND and aperture from the adapter itself, without needing the hand grip. One charge of the hand grip will work for over a week while the adapter will work 4 hours continuously OR can be simultaneously charged for unlimited hours of use.
There is no official price or availability yet, but I am guessing we’ll know that in the coming weeks pre or at NAB 2017 in April.
One of my favourite YouTubers – Matt Workman, DP from Cinematography Database recently did a First Look video on the Aputure DEC VariND EF to MFT adapter, which you can see below.
If you are not familiar with Matt’s work and YouTube channel (and you really should) I highly recommend subscribing as he also does some excellent lighting tutorials and overall cinematography related videos that will surely help those of you who are fairly new to the game and/or have had a few years in, but want to learn some cool new lighting techniques.