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Old July 3rd, 2004, 09:20 PM   #301
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wide lens GL2

i want a wide lens attachment that is not costly. i found one that is 58mm, but it wasn't recomended for the GL2. would any 58mm fit? also would anyone suggest a certain one that won't break the bank? thanks.
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Old July 3rd, 2004, 09:53 PM   #302
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If the lens you are looking at is for a still camera, it probably won't work. Look around for a used WD58- They can be found for around $100 to $130.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 09:55 PM   #303
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Using the Wide Angle Lens all the time?

I am just wondering how many people use the Canon wide angle lens on their GL2 all the time?
I am getting sick of taking it on and off all the time and would rather just leave it on.

So I guess I am asking if you are in a situation where you really don't need the Wide angle, do you take it off? or just leave it on for simplicity sake?

Thanks for your input.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 10:23 PM   #304
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My WD58H is a permanent attachment to the camera. I can't remember when I last removed it.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 10:34 PM   #305
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Well seeing as I'm not shooting all day, everyday I probably don't get as annoyed as others, but I remove mine. I don't like the barell distortion that's obvious when looking at things like doorways.


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Old July 19th, 2004, 01:24 AM   #306
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Jeff,

I shoot with the WD58H attached all the time as it gives me shots that I would otherwise not achieve.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 01:50 AM   #307
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I use mine all the time. As for barrel distortion, you should zoom in a bit to lose it. You'll end up with the same shot as if you'd taken the lens off...

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Old July 19th, 2004, 06:41 AM   #308
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Using zoom with WD58H

Hi everyone!

I got my WD58H to day and I'm planing to leave it on permanent. But I'm conserned about quality loss when using zoom. Will the WD58H influence the images when I use zoom ?


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Old August 14th, 2004, 02:16 PM   #309
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Is 0.5x Wide Angle too much?

Hi,
Im in the process of buying a wide angle adaptor form my XM2.

Im trying to decide if I should go for 0.7x or 0.5x.

I will be using it for fiction on small spaces, and events, mainly on-stage concert shooting.

Unfortunately around here, I cant find anything in between these two sizes.

I know the 0.5x will be fine for the concerts, but Im a bit scared that it will be too much "angle" for fiction.

What do you think?
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Old August 17th, 2004, 12:55 PM   #310
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Yes on certrain shots with a .5x you will probably see some vignetting. Might not be obvious in some places but it'll be there. Just depends how important that exra reach is to you. A .7 should not have this problem
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Old August 17th, 2004, 01:47 PM   #311
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Federico - I highly recommend canon's WD-58h. If you research around the forums a bit you'll see that this is a highly revered option for the GL1/2 and the XM1/2. I can recommend it myself - I shoot almost enitrely with the adapter on my GL1 and have been extremely pleased. Minimal distortion, considerable wide angle of view, and moderately priced - it's just a good mix.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 02:55 PM   #312
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Id love to get the Canon... but unfortunately, this item is almost impossible to find here, and where available it goes for more than 300 Euros.. which is way too much for me right now.

Right now I cant afford that, and I need It NOW.. so Im looking into the few available options...
Which are very few.. and then Ill upgrade when possible.

Anyway, I thought of getting the Raynox .65X but not available either, so Im left with a .50 and a .70 and some hama but it has a 56mm thread diameter.

I dont care too much about the vigneting, for the concerts I shoot I know its not a problem.. and for fiction Ill be cropping for wide screen.

What worries me is that the barrel distortion will give me an excesive look for the fiction..
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Old September 9th, 2004, 01:44 AM   #313
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Wide angle and light question

I need to buy a wide angle lens for my GL2 I already have the Century Optics Fisheye, but need something with no distortion. I film houses and need the widest angle possible without any distortion. Also I would like input on these cheap wide angle off eBay. My house tours are put on the internet, and are compressed a lot, so do I need to spend the money on the name brand? Some of these on eBay are going from $30-80.

Also I need a good light, I have a NGR that screws onto my camera, but it's only 50w (non-adjustable), I need something brighter that is going to light up a room (much more watts), and would also like it to be adjustable. Right now I'm using a shop light; it's working great but it a pain to take around and slows my shooting down. I would like to just hook it on my camera and move from room to room.

Thanks for the help.
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Old September 9th, 2004, 01:59 AM   #314
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The WD-58H is the best deal and perhaps best performer for a wide-angle, sub-fish-eye adapter. It's very good glass at a very modest price. Frankly, it's a crime to put cheap, slow glass full of aberrations in front of the GL2's outstanding lens. It basically degrades the entire camera.

Go over to the "Photon" forum for input on lights. You'll find a substantial body of information on the subject there.
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Old September 14th, 2004, 04:12 PM   #315
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If you consider how much the WD-58H sells for (not to mention any of the Century Optics lenses), I wouldn't think anything that sells for in the price range you described would be worth purchasing.

Just my 2 cents worth.


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