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Old March 27th, 2004, 10:15 AM   #31
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It's a really strange price point isn't it? I can appreciate they're hard to make, but seriously... There was some speculation in here a while back that Century hadn't even shipped any because nobody seems to have it in stock. B&H still doesn't have it, and I'm starting to wonder if Century is rethinking the whole deal. Who would buy this lens when Canon is starting to put decent 16:9 modes on its low-end camcorders and Sony has introduced the PDX-10? There's probably going to be a whole slew of native 16:9 prosumer cams this year, and maybe even HD. The only reason I can think of to buy it is out of the hope that you will be able to use it on an HD camcorder in the future. How cool would that be? But who knows if it can even resolve enough lines to make it worth the trouble.
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Old March 27th, 2004, 10:22 AM   #32
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Yeah, I was waiting and watching for this glass to show up, but with a new crop of HDV cameras just around the corner (or so we all believe!), I've decided to wait for the new cameras and not spend the money on it even if the adapter actually becomes available.

Don't know whether these adapters will actually become available, but the market seems to be shrinking by the day so can't see how it would be profitable for Century Optics.
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 02:10 PM   #33
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Anybody using the Century Optics 16:9 adapter?

Hey, I'm stuck with a GL1 for awhile, since the new Sony Pro HDV camera is a ways off, and I'm looking at upgrades and stuff I can get for the GL1 in the meantime. Anyway, I was wondering, is anybody using the Century Optics 16:9 adapter? What's the differece between that and the 1.33x Anamorphic adapter? I'm asking because I'd like to get one, but the 1.33x Anamorphic adapter is like $1000, while the 16:9 adapter is $700. So what's the difference, aren't they both the same thing? Any good?
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 03:14 PM   #34
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Jack,

I haven't actually used either one, but the older adapter, DS-1609-GL, is not full zoom-through. The newer 1.33x, the DS-WS13-GL, is supposed to be full zoom but very expensive and either was not released or at best is hard to find. The last time I checked a few months ago, it was not actually available anywhere. B&H currently still shows it as a special order, just as it was months ago. I'm not aware of anyone who has tested one...that question was asked a few months ago here on DVInfo.net also and nobody seemed to have seen one.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont....x=9&image.y=9

Naturally it is up to you, but I'd be doubtful about dropping big cash on the anamorphic adapter at this point in time -- even if you can get the full zoom-through -- unless you really need it to be able to make $$$.

This is a personal choice, of course, but I decided to just make do with the GL2's in-camera 16:9 with a WD-58H adapter slapped on the front...until I could get an HDV camera. Then Canon released the XL2 and I couldn't resist! I'll now be very happy to wait patiently until I'm confident HDV makes it worth parting with the XL2 (for probably not all that much of a loss -- well-cared for XL's seem to hold their value well).

Here's a couple of thread links:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...ury+anamorphic

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...ury+anamorphic

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Old September 23rd, 2004, 04:43 PM   #35
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B&H lists the 1.33 anamorphic for $1,300, special order as you say. That seems real overkill for a GL-1. You can get a new PDX-10 with real 16:9, XLR's, short shotgun mike, DVCAM, etc for $1,850 at B&H. Could you get $1,100 if you sold your GL-1? Might be a better use of the $700...
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Old September 24th, 2004, 01:03 AM   #36
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Hmmmm, true. But my parents, my current source of income, want me to do something with the GL1 to show them that my skills are worthy enough to warrant a new camera. However, they were the ones that turned cheap on me when the camera buying was taking place, so I had to settle with the GL1. So, in order to actually "do" anything like what they're thinking, I need the accessories and that means the 16:9 adapter. I guess I'll just get the moderately less expensive 16:9 adapter instead of the 1.33x Anamorphic adapter and see what happens next. But I also see this as an opportunity to really hone my video skills for the future HDV cameras to come, so until then I'll be in training with my GL1. (Besides they would refuse me buying another camera even if it's a $400 ZR80 or something =) )
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Old September 24th, 2004, 08:56 AM   #37
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Well if this is all an excercise to prove yourself to your parents, then why not just use the GL-1 without the anamorphic adaptor?
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Old September 24th, 2004, 09:30 AM   #38
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Old September 24th, 2004, 05:23 PM   #39
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I dont actually own one (though I'd like to), but I did spend a good amount of time trying one of the original 16:9 adapters (the $700) version out on a GL-2 at DVexpo. I really liked it.

Its much smaller and lighter than Canon's wide angle lens (WD-58), which I have but dont use much because its such a massive hunk of glass for that camera. The 16:9 adpater is easy to set up. Since I shoot in 16:9 basically all the time I would just leave it set up on the camera.

From what I could tell in my limited test it does improve the quality of the image.

It does reduce your Zoom range--by 33% easily and perhaps as much as 50%. This shouldnt be much of a problem as it doesnt make much sense to put on a wide angle adapter and then zoom in very far.

The only things holding me off are the $700 price tag (its nice to know its a quality piece but that still a lot for an adapter to a $2000 camera) and the lack of front threads for filters (I'm pretty sure I could get a 95mm filter stuck on there though).
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Old September 25th, 2004, 02:06 AM   #40
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i do own one: fire your questions

there is no substitute for artistic creativity... let me just get that out of the way... ok.

now. the CPO 16:9 adapter on my GL-2 is amazing. if you are shootoing to 16:9 on this camera, this is the way to go. it actually adds a bit of more 'film-like' thing to it... hard to describe, but that's my HOP.

Yes there is some zoom reduction, but for wide shots, i've blended shots with the canon wide and the 16:9 with little notice... fix the res blend in post... all good.

they are expensive, but i got mine on ebay for about $400. look for people going from gl-2 to xl-2... they'll be selling out very soon. think about it.

the killer? i've used this adapter to shoot ala 'Marla" into a Nikon. Wow, so close to true wide angle... thought i was Paul Thomas Anderson... then woke up.

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Old September 25th, 2004, 12:18 PM   #41
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I have the Century anamorphic and really like it, but at this time in DV's evolution, I kind of agree with Boyd. I don't know that I would consider it such a great investment to buy one at full price. Why not try getting one used? They show up on eBay from time to time for under $400. That's where I got mine. I would say that it makes an enormous difference with the GL1 if you want to shoot 16:9. Plus, it gives you a wide angle of view with less distortion than the WD58. I never take mine off. I'd avoid the bayonet mount because who knows, if you had the threaded version you might find some wacky use for it in a few years when every camcorder already has native 16:9.
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Old October 6th, 2004, 02:16 PM   #42
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This is kind of an old thread, but I thought that people might want to know that the Century zoom-through does in fact exist. I called over there a few days ago and was told it was selling at an insane rate and that's why you don't see them in stock anywhere. You can buy them directly from Century though for list -- ouch!
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Old September 30th, 2005, 03:22 PM   #43
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Century optics 16:9 Problem

Just got a Century Optics 16:9 lens for our GL2. For Some reason it is Fish eyeing all the footage . Is this normal? Is It the Lens? Or is there something with in the camera that needs to be setup. We have a shoot this weekend and any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 03:42 PM   #44
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Do you have the partial zoom or full zoom through version? I've got the partial zoom version and used to use it with the GL1. I had no fisheye effect at all. In fact, at full wide I'd say there was less distortion than with the WD58.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 04:02 PM   #45
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Its a Partial Zoom. Its The Century DS-1609GL if that at all helps. We bought it used yesterday. We would hate to have to return it.
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