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Old December 20th, 2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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I'm wanting to buy a telephoto and wide angle lenses for my gl2, but I don't have much of a budget to spend on them. I'm looking at the Opteka Hi-Def Video .45 and 2x for $80 (together). All I want to know is if these or equally cheap lenses are useless or do they hold some value even though limited? I'm aware that I could do a lot better if I was willing to spend $1500, but that's not an option at this time. I'm hoping that this purchase will give me a little more to work with for the time being. Thanks.

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Old December 21st, 2005, 08:58 AM   #2
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With lenses you usually get what you pay for...Depending on what you need these lenses for, I would say pick them up since they are cheap and test them out in all situations you will use them in to see if they work to your liking. Most of them have a return policy so test it and if it doesnt suit your needs send them back.

One thing that happens alot on cheap wideangle lenses is they make the image look like its almost in a fisheye - they get pinched a little and sometimes you can see rounded corners, but again the lense you are looking at may not do this or it may and you may be satisfied with the effect.

If you know how to use your camera, you can make any lense work for you.

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Old December 21st, 2005, 03:43 PM   #3
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FYI, I bought a cheap set of lenses to see what they would do, and they honestly do almost nothing. The zoom lens hardly enhances anything and the wide-angle shows black corners whenever you're zoomed all the way out.

Out of curiosity, can anybody comment on the Century Optics 1.33 Anamorphic lens? It's about $1200, but I've heard good things about it. Can anybody give me their thoughts? Would this be a good investment for a guy who makes short films for a hobby? Maybe I'd be better off waiting till I can buy a better camera, since that lens is almost half way there.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:58 PM   #4
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I did the same thing, bought a two lense set for under $100. Discovered it distorted very badly when zoomed through on the wide angle. Returned the set and bought a single wide angle for $200. Leave it on the camera all the time.

The only way the two lense set is any good is if you use them only at wide angle for the wide lense and only zoomed in on the other. In my opinion its not worth the money.
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 12:29 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I guess I'll just hold off and wait for someone trying to sell a Canon WD-58H lens at a price that works for me.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 09:06 AM   #6
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I bought a cheap Tokina .45x wide angle lens. You are right you get what you pay for. Black cut off corners when zoomed out all the way. So I bought a Canon WD-58H and it is a great improvement. No black edges when zoomed out all the way.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 09:20 AM   #7
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Out of curiosity, can anybody comment on the Century Optics 1.33 Anamorphic lens? It's about $1200
I don't think that makes any sense at all considering the price. There are plenty of camcorders today which shoot real 16:9 and some of them don't cost a lot more than that lens. And when you consider that you'd also be getting a brand new camera with a warranty it makes the case even stronger.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 10:18 AM   #8
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Boyd, when are we gonna get an XM3HD with native 16:9? . . oh yes please!

C'mon Canon! Sort it!

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Old January 7th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #9
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when are we gonna get an XM3HD with native 16:9?
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Old January 7th, 2006, 02:24 PM   #10
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Boyd . . .I was gently asserting the further need for things 16:9, and yes HD at this price break, and not getting into prices for anamorphic. I'm staying with a reality that I feel needs to be fleshed out by Canon. I'm staying here . .and yes I will "dip" into 51 when needs be . .

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