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Kipon Announces The First Canon EF-MFT Lens Adapter W/ Electronic Autofocus

By Kishore Sawh on April 26th 2015

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It appears today micro four thirds shooters have something to rejoice in. Opening up a wider range of lenses on any system is always welcome, and Kipon has just unveiled something that opens up the selection to MFT shooters by creating the first Canon EF-MFT electronic autofocus lens adapter.

Yes, it was the same company who years ago released the first mechanical adapter with a built-in iris to allow for Canon EF lens use on an MFT body and now it has the first full-on autofocus adapter to use Canon full frame and EF-S APSC lenses on an MFT body. This is an entirely automatic adapter that features a built-in circuit board and electronic contacts which will transmit image stabilization functionality, autofocus ability, and even EXIF data to MFT cameras.

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This is extremely exciting for many MFT shooters who will now have the ability to use some long focal length and fast lenses that MFT systems tend to lack – sports shooters and wildlife shooters particularly.

Thoughts

So what you’re looking at here is something that will allow for the normal functionality of the lenses with, it would appear so far, none of the penalties. That said, there wasn’t a  lot of information and specifics disclosed in the release document, and there’s no direct mention if it even has its own iris.

My thoughts are that from the images, it would appear that it does not have its own iris, and the fact that it has electronic control to allow for autofocus suggests that it can speak enough to the lens to control the lens’ own built-in iris.

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Furthermore, each of the product images has ‘High-Speed Autofocus’ emblazoned on it, and I’m curious as to how this happens. Having the ability for autofocus is brilliant as it is, but as far as I understand, it must rely on contrast detection, and we know that isn’t exactly the quickest option. It will be interesting to see how it performs, especially since the price is listed as only $298, which for what it promises, is a great deal.

Click here for the official release, and here to learn more about Kipon.

About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

8 Comments

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  1. Nelson Tan

    First video out, the AF is insanely fast!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIFwXztcOzA

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  2. Ed Rhodes

    neat

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  3. William Emmett

    I don’t shoot 4/3, but I feel this adapter will allow more people to shoot with Canon lenses.

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  4. Michael Burnham

    I shoot Canon DSLRs and Panasonic mirrorless so this is very interesting but I am VERY skeptical about the “High Speed AF” claim. Still to be able to mount EF lenses (that I have) on a Panasonic/Olympus bodies (that I also have) and have nature aperture control (most important) and any degree of AF is very interesting. But still, given the electronic compatibility issues I want to read some test reports before making the plunge.

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  5. Mark Henry Dela Torre

    I am sure the HIGH SPEED Auto Focus is a marketing strategy, but sure it won’t be focusing that quick especially with the long heavy lenses with long focusing distances. They are just too power hungry and needs a big body with big batteries. But I am not sure if you use a battery grip with it.
    This for sports will not be great but for other purposes will be fine.

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  6. Herm Tjioe

    These mods at decent prices is certainly teasing us to get into the MFT cameras with less pain and agony. Canon has to be concerned about this.

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    • adam sanford

      Like most adapters, this will be a sweet piece of kit for enthusiasts. But if anything, Canon should be excited that they’ll sell *even more* EF lenses. They will not lose one bit of camera body sales because of this.

      Consider: even Sigma’s great Art lenses have had AF consistency problems on Canon’s bodies, and Sigma’s been making EF autofocus lenses for a long time. So I don’t expect Kipon to hit it out of the park. Or out of the infield.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I don’t know if people would leave their canon setups just because of an adapter; nor do I think MFT users will buy Canon glass in huge numbers. I think the main effect will be MFT users sucking up used canon lenses from second-hand sales.

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