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#1 Lukeo

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 06:29 PM

Hey all,

I plan to purchase a wide angle lens for my sony mini dv camcorder. My filter diameter size is 30 mm. Can I buy step up rings to fit any size lens? I was wondering if I put one on, can i still use the zoom and get varying degrees of wide angles? If that's the case would it best to buy a fish eye type wide lens and then I could get from extreme wide angle to moderate using the zoom on my camcorder (which is 10x optical zoom), I have been recomend a couple of lens from the local camera store, what do you think I should go for? I'm kind of leaning towards the first one, because of the option of attaching to Nikon digital cameras, i wonder if it would only work on a nikon, because i plan on getting a canon slr type.


The model HD-3030PRO Semi-Fish Eye conversion lens is designed to broaden the angle of view, including 180% more area in the picture, when attached to the lens of Digital Video Camcorder or the Nikon CoolPix Digital Cameras with 28mm filter size
It's compatible with up to 6x zoom area and stays in focus
5-adapter rings are included for 27mm/28mm/30mm/30.5mm/ 37mm/43mm filter sized Camcorders
The HD-3030PRO has achieved an amazing high definition standard of 520 lines/mm resolution power at center(MTF30%) in the Semi-Fish Eye formula
Magnification : Nominal 0.3X
On the Digital camera : Actual 0.3X/Diagonal, 0.42X/Horizontal
On the camcorder : Actual 0.34X/Diagonal, 0.44X/Horizontal
Lens construction : 2G/2E Optical coated glass elements
Front filter size : None
Mounting threads : 37mm
Size/Weight : 70 x 45mm/143g

The model HD-5000PRO Super Wideangle conversion lens is designed to broaden the angle of view, including 100% more area in the picture, when attached to the lens of Digital Video Camcorder
Its compatible with whole zoom area and stays in focus
5-adapter rings are included for 27mm/ 30mm/30.5mm/ 37mm/ 43mm filter size Camcorders
The HD-5000PRO is made of the high-index optical glass elements with new concept of lens designing using three-group/four-element lens formula. This new concept in designing the lens made it possible to achieve an amazing high definition wideangle lens of the 600 lines/mm resolution power at center(MTF30%)
Magnification : Nominal 0.5X
Actual 0.5X/Diagonal,0.53X/Horizontal
Lens construction : 3G/4E Optical coated glass elements
Front filter size : 62mm
Mounting threads : 37mm
Size/Weight : 66 x 40mm/110g


The VCL-HA06 conversion lens from Sony helps you bring more information into focus for dramatic wide angle video footage
It features a three group, three element design that offers 0.6X total magnification for rich, detailed video with minimized distortion
The VCL-HA06 is designed to work with a variety of Handycam camcorders thanks to the includes 25mm, 30mm and 37mm lens adapter rings
A soft carrying pouch and two lens caps are included to help protect the lens fro dust and scratches while disconnected from your camcorder
High quality ABS plastic and glass construction
Built to be tough, yet very lightweight
Attractive graphite silver design
Diameter (approximate): 62mm
Length (approximate): 33mm
Weight (approximate): 100 g

The VCL-SW04 0.45X wide angle lens helps your camcorder pull even the biggest groups into the shot
0.45X wide angle lens for incredible group shots
Designed for all 37mm diameter lens camcorders
The two included adaptor rings allow it to work with 25mm and 30mm lens camcorders
Three element and three group lens design
Rugged aluminum and glass construction
Protect your lens with front and back lens caps and a carrying pouch
Colour: Silver
Diameter: 3 1/4"
Length: 1 15/16"
Screw Diameter: 37mm x 0.75mm
Weight: 9.7 oz

so I've got it down to two from raynox, and two from sony, what do you suggest?

Luke
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#2 Lukeo

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 10:08 PM

Hey nobody has a recomendation? I'm thinking about the raynox, but wondering if i should go for semi wide angle or standard. If you can zoom and adjust the focal length with these lenses and the zoom lens, wouldn;t the semi fish eye be the better choice? any ideas?
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#3 Brian Wells

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 11:46 PM

Hey nobody has a recomendation?

This forum was created for motion picture film and video professionals and discussions. Few of the members here have any interest in discussing consumer camcorder equipment and accessories. You'd probably find better answers at a video forum, like DVInfo.Net.

For what it's worth, I find Century Optics lenses to be superb -- they are more expensive than the brands you mention, but they are also much sharper. Hope this helps.
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#4 Lukeo

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 11:42 AM

Hey, sorry about that. I just assumed that this sub forum is for newbies because it's called first time film makers, I just really trust and value the opinions here because yes, there is working professionals here. I do post on dvinfo.net, just wanted some advice from the pros, because i eventually want to be one. Thanks for your response anyways.

Luke
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