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Old September 12th, 2007, 06:53 AM   #1
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How are you protecting WD-H43?

I really wanted to take the wide angle lens with me on a camping trip but I couldn't stand the thought of scratching it while going through foliage. 74.5mm is such an odd size. As a last resort there's always Lexan and glue from the local Home Depot, but what's everyone else using?
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Old September 12th, 2007, 02:42 PM   #2
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I really wanted to take the wide angle lens with me on a camping trip but I couldn't stand the thought of scratching it while going through foliage. 74.5mm is such an odd size. As a last resort there's always Lexan and glue from the local Home Depot, but what's everyone else using?
I assume your speaking about filming as you walk through the brush and foilage, otherwise you would just put the lens cap that came with it on, right? There are a number of lens hoods that you can purchase that would offer some degree of protections but not 100 percent.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 06:16 PM   #3
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In the past there were several posts about lens hoods for this lens... might do a search,
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Old September 12th, 2007, 10:00 PM   #4
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Mike, I wish I had been as cautious as yourself. I scratched mine about an hour after I opened the package from BH. I was going through the woods with a Merlin near my house and brushed against some foliage.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 06:54 AM   #5
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Ray/John,
I've seen the threads on matte boxes that wrap around the H43 but I couldn't figure out how those would hold a filter securely. I've only seen pictures but they're supposed to hold square filters? Are those okay to go through the woods Survivorman style?

Matt,
Sorry to hear that. Are you able to focus through the scratch or is it bad?
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Old September 13th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #6
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I've seen the threads on matte boxes that wrap around the H43 but I couldn't figure out how those would hold a filter securely. I've only seen pictures but they're supposed to hold square filters? Are those okay to go through the woods Survivorman style?

Matt,
Sorry to hear that. Are you able to focus through the scratch or is it bad?
My matte box is excellent for what it's purpose is but I haven't bought any filters that fit in the box. It doesn't fasten that securely to the lens and I would think it would easily get caught in bushes and be pulled off.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #7
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ive seen this one, but havent checked it yet. says 75mm lenses, and i think this is the outside width of the WD H43 (i still dont have it but planning to buy it soon):

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Excellent-Bron...ayphotohosting

also someone is using the original hood of the A1. just needs some double tape...

http://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?t=1754

please send feedback, hernan
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Old September 17th, 2007, 09:56 AM   #8
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If I was in your situation and felt the desire or necessity to film where the camera would certainly be contacted by bushes and brush, I would find the cheapest piece of clear glass that is close to the wide angle lens size and do whatever I needed to do to jury-rig it onto the front of the lens. It looks like you may have come up with a product that needs to be developed and marketed.
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i don't have the wide adapter but i do have the tele adapter and i use a clamp on filter adapter

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...p_On_Step.html

the plastic lens cap that came with the adapter has the OD stamped inside it, not sure what the WA adapters is but there is probably a clamp on adapter that will work.

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http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/tlh43filter.JPG
http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/tlh43filter2.JPG
http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/tlh43filter3.JPG
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Old September 17th, 2007, 02:25 PM   #10
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i don't have the wide adapter but i do have the tele adapter and i use a clamp on filter adapter

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...p_On_Step.html

the plastic lens cap that came with the adapter has the OD stamped inside it, not sure what the WA adapters is but there is probably a clamp on adapter that will work.

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http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/tlh43filter.JPG
http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/tlh43filter2.JPG
http://file.meyersproduction.com/hv20/tlh43filter3.JPG
That's an excellent idea. Although the hood would offer some protection, having another cheap piece of glass in front of the expensive wide angle adaptor is the only sure way to protect the lens from a direct hit by a stiff object such as a branch or something similiar.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #11
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Eureka!

Hi folks, sorry for digging up an old thread. I tried Austin's route with the clamp but my part is still on backorder since last year. I found an alternate solution though.



http://www.primitivebuteffective.net...ngle-lens.html

Cannibalized a cap and filter to make this.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 02:17 PM   #12
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Putting cheap glass in front of a decent lens adaptor will compromise performance significantly. If you must add a protective filter, try to use decent coated glass from a respectable manufacturer.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #13
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The Sunpak you see is just the filter ring (took out the glass). The actual filter is a low profile Kenko (Hoya in US) Digital Multicoated filter.

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Old February 10th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #14
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Mike, I was actually responding to earlier posts where folks had suggested putting cheap glass in front of their adaptors. Although I would not put Hoya filters in the same category as, say, Schneider. The filter would end up costing about half that of the adaptor, but that's still better than scratching the adaptor itself.
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