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Old April 18th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #1
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telephoto converter suggestion for hfs100

has anyone tested a good telephoto converter for this camera? 2x? i used to have a schneider (century) 1.7 for my canon xha1 but didnt see one for sale with a 58 mm reverse thread. bill
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Old April 18th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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You want a teleconverter on top of the built in 1.7x converter in the camera?
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Old April 18th, 2010, 08:56 PM   #3
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well it only goes to 460mm? i need at least 1000mm equivalent to a 35 mm.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 12:48 AM   #4
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Okay, understood.
If you can't find one with a 58mm thread, why don't you get a 72mm lens and attach it with a step-down ring? That's what I do with all my lenses/filters from my Sony FX1 for use on the HFS100.
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Old April 19th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #5
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i still need some advice on what anyone is using for a screw on telephoto adapter 2x...? vivitar, schneider?
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 02:35 PM   #6
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We manufacture this tele-converter but I have not tested it on the HFS100 yet.

2.0X TELE CONV. 58MM MKII - Schneider Optics

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Old April 22nd, 2010, 03:39 PM   #7
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I have not tried this on your camera but it works well on my Canon GL2 with 58mm thread. This is a big and heavy lens measuring 3 1/2 inches at the front and does a 1.7X. I did a quick look and Amazon had some for $125 which is considerably less than I paid for mine new. I got it to go with my Sony 717 and thought , why not, and tried it on my GL2.
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 03:46 PM   #8
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Sorry, forgot to give the model #--Sony Tele Conversion Lens VCL-HGD1758.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #9
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Anyone tried the Canon TL-H58 1.5x teleconverter lens designed for this camera?
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Old May 20th, 2010, 09:25 AM   #10
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Sorry, forgot to give the model #--Sony Tele Conversion Lens VCL-HGD1758.
Joe, thank you for this recommendation. Following your tip I ordered a VCL-HGD1758 for about $100 on Amazon. I just tried it out this morning on some local prairie dogs, and it worked beautifully :) Sharp focus, no chromatic aberration. And apparently none of the "dimming" I've seen when using the just the built-in zoom and 1.7x digital teleconverter on the HF-S100.

That last may be a consequence of today's bright morning light :) Regardless, the Sony lens works like a champ. Thanks again.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:04 AM   #11
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In some shots against a blue-sky background, there is noticeable purple fringing. It's not a problem for me, but I felt obliged to mention it lest my previous comments were too glowing :)
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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:16 AM   #12
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Looks a lot cheaper than the Canon version. I believe this is the same as the VCL-DH1758 but with a different casing - can anyone confirm that?

Mitch - have you tried this lens in combination with the internal 1.7x teleconverter to extend the range even further?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #13
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Dom - Yes, and it works fine. Details are a bit muddied when focusing on distant objects, just as they are for the internal 1.7x teleconverter by itself. (I don't understand why this happens, but have noticed it when recording e.g. roosting birds at distances > 30 ft.)
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Old May 25th, 2010, 06:12 AM   #14
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With the internal 1.7x I now always use manual focus - much more reliable and does produce very sharp results in the centre of the frame at least. Have you tried that? Depth of field can be very narrow unless you change the aperture manually to compensate - hence rest of the frame can look "muddy". Background blur can still look a bit unattractive though. I've been having more problems with fringing which I was why I was interested in the external teleconverter but sounds like that might still be a issue from what you say.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #15
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Hi Dom,

Thanks for the suggestion! I will try again. The few times I've tried manual focus outdoors, I haven't had much luck -- even with peaking turned on and a hood over the LCD :)
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