Kipon Baveyes EF-FX AF Autofocus “Speedbooster” Adapters Review

Kipon Baveyes EF-FX AF

When I was at photokina 2018, I stopped at the Kipon booth, and checked out the Kipon EF-FX 0.7x focal reducer (the quivalent of Metabones’ Speedbooster). Since I couldn’t test it, all I can say it that it feels very well build.

If you want to know more about it, definitely check out the Kipon Baveyes EF-FX ”Speedbooster” review at Mattias Burling Youtube.

PROS

  • all metal very sturdy build
  • USB port for firmware
  • similar results to Viltrox and Metabones focal reducers, and no so buggy like the Viltrox
  • AF for stills is pretty good

CONS

  • with some lenses swirly bokeh (the reviewers likes it, but some others might not like it)
  • X-H1 IBIS sometimes gives vignetting and ND sometimes creeps into frame
  • AF is not as reliable as native lens
  • not for streets and sports photography
  • Video AF is not great

You can purchase the following Kipon Adapters for Fujifilm:

Did You Miss It?

This week was pretty rich of adapters news. So in case you missed the previous articles make sure to check out:

  • fujirumors –  ZHONGYI Mitakon Canon FD to Fuji X Lens Turbo II Announced
  • fujirumors – Kipon EF-FX AF and EF-GFX AF Autofocus Smart Adapters Firmware 1.16 Released
  • fujirumors – Fringer EF-FX AF Adapter Eye Tracking tested on Fujifilm X-T3 with Canon 600mm F4 and Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Fringer EF-FX AF Adapter Eye Tracking tested on Fujifilm X-T3 with Canon 600mm F4 and Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Fringer EF-FX AF

Fringer just upload a video on his youtube channel (video above), showing the Face/Eye detection tracking using the Fujifilm X-T3 with Canon EF600/4L II adapted via Fringer EF-FX AF Autofocus smart adapter with firwmare ver. 2.50.

As you can see, the eye/face AF works really very well in his video demo. He writes:

To my surprise it works incredibly well on X-T3 when doing AF-C tracking. I set X-T3 to AF-C mode, CH (11 fps) and Face/Eye detection on. The focusing object is a person riding a electric motorcycle moving fast towards the camera.

30 pictures were taken in less than 3 seconds. The focus areas were cropped at 100% scale and combined to the following picture

guy on motorbike tracked using face/eye AF on Fringer Smart AF Adapter

“I also tested video mode Face/Eye tracking. Thanks to the great improvements of PDAF performance and coverage of X-Trans IV CMOS, both still and video mode works very well.

The new firmware ver 2.50 for Fringer EF-FX AF smart adapters will be out soon, and it will add support for Canon EF600/4L II.

Check out the whole article at fringerdev here.

& More Fringer Adapter Tests

And since we are speaking of Fringer adapters, check out also the latest reviews about the Fringer EF-FX Pro.

  • phoblographer – Adapter Review: Fringer EF-FX Pro (Tested on the Fujifilm X Pro 2)
  • dcfever – Fringer EF-FX Pro smart adapter on Fujifilm X-H1

Randall Herrera Youtube – Fuji XT3 Eye AF (Part2) and Fringer adapter on Sigma 18-35 and XF35mmF1.4. Works much better on Fujifilm X-T3 than on Fujifilm X-T2. Sony still a tiny bit better.

Fujifilm Claims to be Worldwide Nr. 2 in Mirrorless Market and Fujifilm GFX 50S Firmware Update Details in English

Fujifilm GFX

The Spanish site Fujistas was at the Fujifilm GFX 50R launch event. They wrote about it on their blog here (translation), and amongst the others, they shared the following tidbits:

  • Fujifilm claims to be worldwide Nr.2 mirrorless camera manufacturer
  • they demonstrated the crop capabilities of the Fujifilm GFX 100 Megapixel camera and they were extremely impressed

If Fujifilm’s statement is correct, then Fuji surpassed Panasonic and Olympus, and, considering also DSLRs, they are now 4th behind Sony, Nikon and Canon.

Also, a few days ago we shared some Chinese Fujifilm media slides that showed us the details of the upcoming firmware update for Fujifilm GFX 50S. However, we struggled a bit with the translation.

Now Fujistas shared the English version of the slide (see above). The firmware update for Fujifilm GFX50S will bring the following new functions:

  • 35mm Format Mode with GF lens and Fujinon HC lenses
  • Quick Eye-sensor response for Finder
  • Simultaneous delete for RAW and JPG
  • EVF/LCD White point color customization

Fujifilm GFX 50R BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS
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Viltrox 85mm F1.8 Autofocus Lens for Fujifilm X Pre-order Available

Viltrox 85mm F1.8

The Viltrox 85mm F1.8 autofocus lens for Fujifilm X is now available for pre-order at eBay here. Shipping is expected between the end of October and the end of November.

At Photokina, I went hands on with a pre-production Viltrox 85mm F1.8 AF lens using a Fujifilm X-H1, and I share an autofocus video as well as JPEG and RAW samples to download here.

Remember that Viltrox also offers a CanonEF to Fujifilm X smart adapter, as we already reported back in July. You can read all Viltrox Smart Adapter AF for Fujifilm AmazonUS customers reviews here.


Fujifilm X-T3: Steve Huff Loves It, Robert Hall Not So Much, X-T2 vs X-T3 Face/Eye AF Comparison and More

Hugh Brownstone – Fuji X-T3 Autofocus and James Bond: Focus Pulls and Eye AF WORK!

Fujifilm X-T3

The Fujifilm X-T3 is definitely a huge step up in terms of speed. Hence, one of the most tested aspects of this camera is its autofocus and eye AF performance.

In fact, even long time Fujfiilm critic Steve Huff now finally fell in love with Fujifilm thanks to the Fujifilm X-T3 (video below).

But not everybody has just postive things to say.

Robert Hall has a rather critical view on the Fujifilm X-T3. Actually on the entire Fujifilm system. He is annoyed that the Fujifilm X-T3 came out short after the Fujifilm X-H1, with all superior specs. But he is also annoyed that it has no IBIS. And he doesn’t like the fact that Fuji’s wide F1.4 and F1.2 lenses are not fast focussing like their slower Fujicron F2 lenses.

Neale James instead is about to switch from Canon to Fujifilm X-T3, and shows you how painful it can be to wait for the UPS guy to deliver your X-T3 ;).

It’s all down below… enjoy it guys :)

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