Now I don't know what caused it, the adapter, the lenses or my increasing the saturation on the classic chrome jpgs. I shot, but I really like this set of images. Grey dull light, but keeping the aperture wide has produced a very other worldly set of images. So an interesting and creative start to my work with the Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA. Camera was the X-T1 and because of the 'fast' lenses and adapter, everything was at ISO 200.
There is certainly no problem regarding sharpness and overall IQ with the adapter as you can see and indeed I was VERY pleased with the results. The only problem was the cold wind and my fingers having trouble working, but that should start improving now it's March 1st. tomorrow. I was so impressed I've just bought a S/H Voigtlander Nikon fit 58mm f/1.4 on ebay, a lens I've always wanted to try. I've always had this desire to have all the MF Nikon fit Voigtlanders, including the no longer made 90mm f/3.5 and I may try to achieve that. With the speed booster plus 'normal' adapter, this should give me a wide choice of primes to play around with.
If you've never tried or even considered one of these speed boosters, I can only say that firstly they are remarkable pieces of optical engineering and secondly they do very much encourage a creative approach to picture taking. As ever, as a stock photographer, it's important for me to keep on producing as many different looking images as I can. As I've said before, it's a way of earning a living in photography that involves trying different things and getting as far away as possible from being 'stuck' in one way of working. That may be fine for some ways of making a career in photography, but for stock (and particularly where it is currently) you don't get many rewards for churning out the same old pictures over and over. Tastes change, fashions change and it's important to consider everything from smartphone 'snaps' to high end, high resolution scenic shots to be part of my portfolio.
And that is why a 'speed booster / adapter' adventure is something I'm keen to try at the moment. Who knows how long it will last, but ultimately if I get some interesting images out of it and who knows, even some sales, then it will be worthwhile. Regular readers will appreciate that standing still isn't in my nature anyway and I do love to experiment. Fortunately, I'm in a position to do that. Long may that continue.