Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:20 PM
1) there's the expensive option of the 3x wide angle lens for the XL.
2) there's the less expensive option of getting a wide angle converter.
3) there's the middle-of-the-road option of getting the EF adapter and using Canon EF series lenses.
Does anybody have enough experience with any of these options to advise me? As far as the last option goes, I have the EFS 17-85mm lens for my Canon EOS still cam. Is there any conversion of focal length when you use the adapter with the XL2? How is the image on either option? Can I still use my filters on the wide angle converter? Do option 2 or three stop me down?
Help is appreciated.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:40 PM
I have nothing to offer Chris, but like you, I would be very interested in knowing more about the results using still lenses. I also have a handful of EOS lenses hiding somewhere.
3) there's the middle-of-the-road option of getting the EF adapter and using Canon EF series lenses..
Posted 08 November 2006 - 01:41 AM
Hope this helps,
Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:21 AM
Chris Hurd did comprehensive tests that he posted here. If you want wide angle the EF adapter isn't the way to go.
Thanks for the link; that helps a lot. I found another link - by Mr. Hurd - that was helpful too. It indicates that focal length is magnified by a factor of at least 7.8; which is definitely not what I'm looking for.
That leaves the two other options - anyone have experience with wide angle converters?
Posted 15 November 2006 - 06:39 AM
there is a company in Germany named Novoflex where you can by adapters for the XL1/2 for any still-cameras. The cost are approx the half of the converter from Canon. There you can buy adaperts for Nikon, Leica, Canon, Minolta etc.
I tested the converter this year in Alaska and i used lenses from Sigma wit Nikon-Adapter. The result was absolutly ok. May be if you want to see a needle in 500 m the you will have problems, but in general I was surprised about the good quality.
You have to look at www.novoflex.de or com/adapters for XL1/2.