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Review – Digital Medium Format on a Budget! – Kipon Baveyes MF Focal Reducer (Mattias Burling)

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The new Kipon Baveyes Medium Format to Sony E-mount focal reducer adapter are now shipping in different versions:
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Mattias Burling reviewed the Kipon Baveyes MF Focal Reducer. The full review can be read at Gunpowdervideo. The conclusion in short:

Should you buy it?

YES if you are an analog MF shooter that has lenses.
YES if you are an A7/Leica shooter that want to get into analog MF as well.
YES if you are an A7/Leica shooter that loves vintage glass and experimentation.
MAYBE if you are primarily a digital shooter that wants some fast portrait lenses or just happen to have $500 burning a hole in your pocket.
NO if you think DOF is everything.
NO if you think megapixels is tha shit!

Pros:

The awesome MF lenses!
$500 isn’t much to give another dimension to your camera.
Quality is great.
80mm f1.9 at x0.7 crop is awesome.
Its the Medium Format Experience on the cheap.

Cons:

If you don’t have an interest in MF film it becomes niche.
No AF.
Some MF lenses are big.
Not all MF lenses focus to infinity (according to rumor).
$500 is still $500 and used once aren’t gonna be very common.

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