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Old April 7th, 2006, 12:12 PM   #16
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Yes we did find the problem once i received the unit back after testing. Was a build error o my part, resulting in the dvx being about 5mm too close to the GG.

I am sending them an SGpro next month, so they can update the article.
Good to hear, Wayne. I'm a bit disappointed in the shootout, as it seems like neither product was shown at what it truly could be. The Letus had a misaligned mirror (or something similar) and yours was a bit off, as you mentioned. Can't wait to see the SGpro. Seems very exciting.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #17
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i also find that the adapters take some time and tinkering to get the results that you want... i find every time i put my letus on my xl1s (or when i turn it on.. because it never comes off my cam) im finding my quality it getting better and better. the more and more practice and playing with presets and testing you do the more comfortable your shooting becomes and your image gets better and better.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 01:08 PM   #18
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Good point Andrew. Every cam has it's idiosyncracies..and the adapter needs to be setup correctly too. In that regard, there "shouldn't" be anything to do, except ensure that your lens flange to GG distance is correct.

Definitely knowing your cam, particularly the pro-sumer cams, makes a big difference...and shooting/testing helps to get the look right.

The other topic seldom discussed is using the 35mm lens properly. My last test shoot was with a CP filter applied to the 50mm lens, which I stopped down to F4 (with the cam still dialling in F11!!). There is a visible difference if you take the time to address the basic technicalities of good photography. Blowing out a GG with a wide open 35mm lens in outside conditions, and maxing your camera at F16 is not a recipe for good footage with even the best adapter. It seems obvious...but I wonder how many shooters are blindly seeking shortsightedness. (pun intended :-)
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Old April 7th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #19
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There is a visible difference if you take the time to address the basic technicalities of good photography.
So true. I'm finding as I'm fooling with the Go35Pro it really responds better the more you treat it with the kind of care you'd treat film with. The more light you give it, or the better you are at controlling the light available, the more the adapter eats it up and makes the footage respond well.

That said, I just wish I had a camera that had decent lowlight response -- the GL1 fairs so poorly without an adapter, adding one just highlights the shortcoming of a first gen cam all the more.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 08:47 PM   #20
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Steven, how would you define "well made"? I'm interested in your point of view. It's not something often discussed in the current crop of adapters.
Just something that wont break easy, i try to be careful with my stuff, but you know, stuff happens
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Old April 7th, 2006, 08:49 PM   #21
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Hey Jim

Hey jim, i'm looking at getting an hdv cam, like one of the cheaper 3ccd sony ones, any problems with that?
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