Eric L. Woods

And I shall call you Franken-blad. Kipon Baveyes 0.7x Hasselblad to Sony part 2.

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I already wrote a post about this adapter as used with the Sony A7III

Kipon Baveyes 0.7x Optical Focal Reducer Lens Adapter

…and I like it. A lot. Had fun on my first test run.

Kipon Baveyes 0.7x - Hasselblad Zeiss 80mm f/2.8

There is no doubt that it makes great use of Zeiss Hasselblad glass and that 0.7x focal reduction…

Kipon Baveyes 0.7x Optical Focal Reducer Lens Adapter
Kipon Baveyes 0.7x Optical Focal Reducer Lens Adapter

…really preserves a good portion of that 3D look I was after. Great sharpness and colors also. With that I recently realized that I had not tried the Kipon Baveyes…

Kipon Baveyes 0.7x Optical Focal Reducer Lens Adapter
Kipon Baveyes 0.7x Optical Focal Reducer Lens Adapter

…on the A7c. That changed today.

Had wondered if the even smaller body, relocated rangefinder-ish EVF, and articulating instead of flippy screen would be issues.

The result?

Just as good of an experience and possibly better.

Smaller Body

  • A non issue. Given the ample grip for its size the A7c was just as easy to handle as the A7III.
Sony A7c and A7III

Relocated EVF

  • Again. No issue. Had no trouble focusing at all with the A7c.
Sony A7c and A7III

Articulating Screen

  • Swing out screen made no difference. Focusing as a fake waist level finder worked just as well when off to the side. But I found myself folding it away and using the EVF mostly.

So enough of that. On to the sample shots.

Shot color…

Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c

…converted to black and white…

Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c

…and last but not least went all in and cropped to 1:1 to mimic 6×6 for good measure.

Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c
Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 - Kipon Baveyes - A7c

I am well pleased with this set up. Will it replace shooting film with Hasselblad V lenses like my A7c has done for my 7Artisans M lenses?

No.

Medium format film is still something special to me. Even if I invested in the digital Hasselblad 907x that would not replace shooting medium format film. That is not the point. But this does make for a very nice compliment when I would prefer a more streamlined image capturing process.

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