Pendragon is a RED mount for the Kipon Baveyes focal reducer series. It replaces the LEICA-M mount of the Kipon, attaching directly with 4 machine screws. This provides the most secure connection possible to the RED camera and ensures there is absolutely no play from stacking adaptors. Huge shout outs to The Camera Division for their help in the rapid prototype 3D printing stage and to my college buddy Michael Hadida of NextLab in Philadelphia for helping me design and machine this thing.
What does it do?
Pendragon, when paired with a Kipon Baveyes, provides a 0.7x focal reduction. This effectively makes the Dragon 6k sensor behave as though it was the size of 5 perf 65mm.
It was designed for the RED Dragon 6k sensor, and allows the mounting of most medium format lenses including Hasselblad, Mamiya 645, Pentax 645, Pentax 67, and Contax C/Y.
RED standard sensor sizes
Red Dragon 6k 30.7 x 15.8mm
Red Dragon 8k VV 40.96 x 21.6mm
RED “sensor sizes” with 1.7x focal reducer:
Pendragon 6k 52.19 x 26.86mm
Pendragon 8k VV 69.63 x 36.72
Film large formats for comparison:
VistaVision 37.72 x 24.92mm
65mm 5 perf 52.51 x 23.07mm
645 medium format 60 x 45mm
70mm IMAX 15 perf 70.41 x 52.62mm
Get this thing out there and start shooting! A few final adjustments are being made to the next machined version that will improve back focus / infinity focus. I'm looking into a few shims so that, if an adapter or different set of lenses are used, focus can be corrected.
It would also be good to test this with different Kipon Baveyes Leica-M adapters to confirm that it will work with Hasselblad or Mamiya focal reducers. After that Michael and I will probably start shipping these off to other folks who want to use them.