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#1 Ken OSullivan

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:36 AM

Hi guys,

Has anyone used a telephoto lens with a Sony HDR-Z1, I know there's a 2x Century optics one available for about $1,500, I was hoping to get something a bit cheaper. Does HDV require a particular type of lens as opposed to DV, I could get a 2x tele for my Sony PD170 for a few hundred bucks but the camera lens mount is smaller than the Z1's 78mm one..

Any help / opinions appreciated.

Cheers
Ken
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#2 Ken OSullivan

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:54 AM

sorry, the Z1 lens mount is 72 and not 78mm.. Ken
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#3 Matt Sandstrom

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 03:22 PM

just rent one, they're only like $20 per day, or do you need it for a long time? my educated guess is the pd170 one will work fine as long as you have the correct step ring. since you're working at the telephoto end of the zoom you don't need to worry about vignetting. this is if you're only using it for telephoto shots. if you plan on keeping it on all the time it won't work.

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#4 Lee Maisel

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 04:32 PM

I have a Century Optics lens, and I love it very much. You get what you pay for. WIsh it wasnt so expensive... But, some advice, DONT buy the lenses that are being sold on ebay, they are absolute JUNK.
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#5 Michael Collier

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 09:23 PM

If your planned finnish is SD, not HD, then you can zoom in with digital zoom, or save it for post and just window in. In HD it will pixelate, but in SD, it will maintain full resolution (as long as you don't go too far in)

I was thinking these cameras could be useful for poormans motion control (probably since I was just reading the Mr. Moco post and watching their videos) You could only do limited pans and tilts (more like pan & scan) and moco zooms. Not perfect, but for the kids making music videos, you can at least take away the 'locked off look' sorry, I have digressed (as I tend to do)
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#6 Ken OSullivan

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:59 AM

Hi Guys,

Many thanks for all the info., it's very informative !

Cheers
Ken
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