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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:52 AM   #1
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Adapter for 37 mm Sony HDR-HC1

Hi,

I recently bought my first camera, an Sony HDR-HC1. It's not very good in real low light but it works great in daylight and if it's lit up. I understand basically how shallow DOF-adapters out there work but I have read something about that the camera must be good in low light. Is this true? I will only use the adapter for stuff where I have sufficient light.

I have also looked at the adapter at http://www.adapterplace.com/ so I might go for that and also buy a step up ring to 58 mm.

Any ideas? Or is it gonna be a waste of time/money?

Regards, Fredrik.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:06 AM   #2
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You don't necessarily need a camera that is good in low light. It's just better because with most adapters you will lose light. You should be fine making an adapte though.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:33 AM   #3
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I heard great things about the HD HC1, I would love to see the shots with it after you get an adapter going.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 10:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting that link. I hadn't heard about that one yet, I guess this brings to at three the number lowcost, commercial-production 35mm adapters out there, with the others being the Guerrilla 35 and the M2 (formerly called the Micro35.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 11:41 AM   #5
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Are you reffering to the Letus35?
Will that fit the HC1 out of the box?
I've been looking for something like this.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 11:57 AM   #6
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Yes I am. I have it on order an it will take a couple of weeks to get it. I am gonna use a 37 mm to 58 mm step up ring. It might work. I am not sure but I have ordered it and will see. When it works fine I will send out some pics and I think the owner will publish some stuff to. I promise I will let you know as soon as I have tested it.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 12:44 PM   #7
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OK, let me get this straight.

Buy one of these
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ist&sku=114823
and one of these
http://www.adapterplace.com/

Attach the 37 to 58 step up ring to my 37mm HC1.

Attach the Letus35 adaptor to the step up ring.

Buy an SLR 35mm lens that fits an FD mount and attach it to the Letus.

Is that it?
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Old August 19th, 2005, 12:47 PM   #8
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I have also looked at the adapter at http://www.adapterplace.com/
Isn't that site owned by Quyen Le? If so, he is a member here, and you can open a dialog with him directly on this board.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 12:52 PM   #9
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Kevin,

To be honest, the Letus35 has not been tested on the HC1 yet. Fredrik-Larsson will be the first one to test the Letus35 on HC1. I think it's still too early to say anything at this time. I will work with Fredrik-Larsson to bring you a result in about a week or two. Thank you.

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Old August 19th, 2005, 02:51 PM   #10
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I am looking forward to it. Thank you.
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Old September 21st, 2005, 12:32 PM   #11
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Fredrik-Larsson

How the Letus35 works on HC1? any image? Thanks.

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Old September 21st, 2005, 03:41 PM   #12
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It's been messy over here. I have been sick, had lots of work and then I had to finish the DVC3-challenge so I didn't have any time to learn and use the Letus. But I am well now and finding time over to do the "fun stuff". I did a couple of simple tests and as you will notice I haven't really "learned" everything yet.

On http://www.apollologic.com/movies/00...s35hc1test.wmv you have a 19 MB download. I intend to put up a better one as soon as I have been out and shooting more. I will also send you a tape and DVD as we discussed per e-mail.

What you will notice is that the HC1 needs a lot of light to give good pictures. I played with it near a railway yard. I got a nice clip of the fence. I am going back there at daytime to get better pictures. I am also looking for nice spots to try it on and I hope to get some people to be able to test the depth on.

I had vinegretting on one of the corners. This was due to that I didn't see it. There is a icon there so it's not very obvious. I thougth I fixed on the railway yard but there were still a small piece of it. So I need to zoom more. But I am aware of it now so next time I will look closer in that corner.

The lense is Canon FD 1.8 50 mm. I have taken some pictures of them together so I will provide them as well. The vibrating sound is heard since the mics are just behind it. Some kind of "silencing" would be nice. The mics on the camera aren't the best so I will get a Beachtek-adapter and that will probably solve that the mics are so close.

It would be nice to be able to rotate the interior rectangle cause then there would be more space/lesser chance of vinegretting. I think you can see from the opening picture how it looks when it's screwed on tight.

The pictures are shaky since I am mainly goofing around. There is also one shot where I forgot to turn on the vibrating glass. But I speak all through the tape and try to tell what I am doing. And yeah, I figure out that it's upside down the hard way. I knew it but I was wondering why it was upside down... I don't think you can flip the LCD-screen using a magnet. I tried but it seems like it's a switch.

Okay, that's all for now. If anyone want to see some specific shot I will try to fix it. I am going to try to test on some people and probably some naturepictures. Expect more in a few days.

/Fredrik.
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Old September 21st, 2005, 03:47 PM   #13
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You can align the adapter by one of the screws. Unscrew it a little bit then pull the macro lens off the adapter then put it on the right way and push it in. Tight the screw and it's done. Let me know if you still have problem with aligning the adapter, thanks.

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Old September 21st, 2005, 04:09 PM   #14
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Brilliant! I kept the ring attached to my camera and then released the screw and putted it back on perfectly. I knew that there were something like that. And thanks for the prompt reply. I think it would be nice for future users if you put up some pictures of how to do it. Even though it's a simple task it's not very obvious.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #15
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Fredrik.

How's your setup going? Any new footage or reports?
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