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Old August 15th, 2002, 10:35 PM   #31
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Cool. Thanks Mr. Hurd.
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Old August 16th, 2002, 01:45 PM   #32
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Old September 17th, 2002, 04:34 AM   #33
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?? Wide angle adapter options for XM2 ??

Hi.

Have just got the XM2. I'm to use it underwater and are looking for information about which different wide angle adapters I can choose between for this cam.

Appreciate any information about makers of wide-ange adapters that fits the 58mm filter thread or the bayonet mount.

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Old September 17th, 2002, 08:07 AM   #34
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The Canon WD-58h adaptor works great, and the price is very reasonable. I keep it on the camera most of the time. It is a full zoom through adapter, meaning you have access to the entire zoom range with it on.

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Old September 17th, 2002, 10:07 AM   #35
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Hi Barry and thanks for replying.

I'm sure the one you suggest is a good one. But since I'm to shoot underwater I'm looking for something that gives me a wider view.

I do not know if my calculations are right but:
with the adapter you suggest will the effective wideangle be something like:
original 40mm times 0.7 = approx 30mm (35mm conversion)

I'm looking for something like 20mm with the adapter attached.

Would be good to see some different brands listed so I could choose the one that's best for me.....
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Old September 17th, 2002, 10:50 AM   #36
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I think the wd-58 works out to be about a 28mm. Century makes a zoom-through .65x which will get you a little wider. Available at zotzdigital.com.

After that, I think you're looking at a fisheye, but beware as most of them are non-"zoom through"...ie you are stuck at the widest end of the zoom range (which may be fine for your use).

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Old September 18th, 2002, 04:25 AM   #37
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Have found the .55 wide-angle adapter on the century's pages.

That adapter does not have zoom-through, but is working up to approx. 10x zoom.

That should be more than enough for me underwater. Not very likely that I will zoom as much as x10 down there.

Thanks barry for the tips...!!

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Old September 20th, 2002, 09:40 AM   #38
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I got the WD-58

its great. only thing is it makes the camera pretty front heavy, so i need to buy a chunky ass battery to put on the back to even it up

pictures look great. always use it for shooting indoors. Only time i take it off is for long shots.
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Old October 6th, 2002, 07:33 AM   #39
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Wide angle

Hello to everyone,

I am new to this post and am in the process of buying a GL2 camera or an XL1S to shoot a short film. Going with the GL2 would help my budget...

Question.:
a) Can the GL2 shoot wide angle images as you would get using 24 / 28mm lenses with an SLR photo camera or is the GL2 limited to a 39mm angle of view ?

b) Is it possible to achieve a "film look" with a GL2 ?
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Old October 6th, 2002, 09:44 AM   #40
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Howdy fromTexas,

Answer (A.)

There's a wide-angle adapter called the WD-58, available for the GL2. It multiplies the focal length by 0.7. The GL2's full wide focal length 35mm equivalent is 39.5mm; with the WD-58 attached the focal length is 27.5mm. This is a zoom-through adapter giving you access to the entire zoom range. There are other adapters available, for instance from Century Optics, that are not zoom-through but have a wider field of view. So it's possible to get out to 24mm if you really need to.

Answer (B.)

It depends on how you define "film look." We have an entire forum dedicated to this discussion; see:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=34

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Old October 6th, 2002, 01:21 PM   #41
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Thanks !

Thanks for answering so quickly... I can go along with that...

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Old October 6th, 2002, 08:44 PM   #42
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Can you daisy chain Wide angle and anamorphic adapters together?

Topic sums it up, but when I get my XM2, I'd love to get the anamorphic adapter and a wide angle and obviously would want to have both of them on at the same time. Can I do this with any of the adapters out there? I looked at Century's site but couldn't find anything about that on there.

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Old October 6th, 2002, 09:21 PM   #43
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I wouldn't do this---too much glass.
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Old October 6th, 2002, 09:32 PM   #44
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Frank, yeah I was thinking that, but do you know if it's actually possible with these adaptors?
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Old October 6th, 2002, 10:07 PM   #45
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It won't work right. It's bad enough with these 16:9 adaptors on by themselves. From what I've read the Century is the better one. Adam Wilt reviewed both the Century and Optex not too long ago.
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