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Old January 22nd, 2007, 02:47 AM   #61
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Filter for Canon-made WD-H72 wide angle lens

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I got my XHA1 about 3 weeks ago, and have shot a couple jobs with it and am loving it, thus far. Only issue is, I got the Canon wide angle because optically Canon glass is sooo good. Problem is, I cannot find a filter for its enormous 109mm size! All I need noe is a decent UV, basically for protection. Any suggestions? I have tried B&W, Century, and Hoya to no avail.
Any help would sure be appreciated.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 10:32 AM   #62
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Hi Steve, you better check the front of the adapter... there aren't any threads for mounting a screw-on filter! A clamp-on mattebox, or a matte box and rails, is going to be your best bet for adding UV or any other type of filter to the front of the WA adapter.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 08:10 PM   #63
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Chris,
Thanks for the info--I had just assumed that it would be threaded (!!!).
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Old January 24th, 2007, 12:30 PM   #64
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The down-and-dirty way is tape a 4X5.650 filter inside the hood that comes with the WA.

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Old January 24th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #65
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Oh-oh. Be *very* wary about filtration when you're working at focal lengths such as 2.5 mm. Hold your finger tips 2.5 mm apart and just gawp at the minute focal length we're talking about, and then realise that even at wide apertures your dof will extend from the front element to infinity for most of your outdoor shooting.

There's good reason for omitting 'filter' threads with such a wide-angle converter. It's hard enough keeping that front element absolutely spotless and well hooded without having people confound the problem by adding more glass surfaces.

If you must, then go for it. Polarisors are difficult to emulate in post but for most other filtration you're better of doing it (and more importantly undoing it) on the timeline.

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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:12 PM   #66
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cokin is doing filter holder with big size. the biggest being the Z-pro serie up to 110mm (to be verified)
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Old February 1st, 2007, 12:48 PM   #67
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Received camera and wide converter... Spider Brace or Canon SBR-1000

Haven't had much time to play around with it yet, but it is heavy. So what shoulder mount do you have for yours?
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Old February 1st, 2007, 01:16 PM   #68
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Hey Paul... I asked myself that same question and did a lot of research. My decision? I went with the Tiffen Steady Stick... and I'm really happy that I did. It's light weight, easy to manage (if you use the same quickmount for the SS and your tripod) and really works like they say. (Not to mention it's only a hundred bucks!)

This short thread lays it out and the link to the page with the video is very helpful (it was that video that helped me make the decision.)

http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.ph...dy+stick+video
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Old February 1st, 2007, 01:50 PM   #69
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We have a forum dedicated entirely to shoulder supports, the Steady Stick, etc.:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/forumdisplay.php?f=121
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Old February 1st, 2007, 02:00 PM   #70
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I've seen that demo video bit before. His mention of the "coopler" (the way he pronounces coupler) cracks me up. :D

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Old February 1st, 2007, 04:12 PM   #71
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Are there any third party WA extensions that will work with the A1?

I will only use it a little bit, and mostly for web video, so I'm guessing that a $80 jobber might do the trick.

Also, does anyone have any screen shots of how wide the WD-H72 will take you?
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Old February 1st, 2007, 04:25 PM   #72
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anyone have any screen shots of how wide the WD-H72 will take you?
Search is your friend, Barry!

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=80691

and

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=80716
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Old February 1st, 2007, 04:33 PM   #73
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Lol, yeah Chris, search is how I found this thread.

I really like that second shot, buy it didn't use "Wide Angle," ah well.

Thanks.

Still interested in any input on the el-cheapo types.
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Old February 1st, 2007, 04:42 PM   #74
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Well, I had to show what full telephoto is like with that adapter, since it is a zoom-through.

Beware the el-cheapo, especially with HD! Don't you know, you get what you pay for?
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Old February 1st, 2007, 04:50 PM   #75
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Yeah, I know. It's just hard to justify the $400 when I'm mostly shooting for web anyway, and when I don't even have a specific need yet. The last time I needed it was for a 10 second bathroom shot shown at 425x239. I figure cheap won't read much there. If I had a full screen project I wouldn't be thinking about the cheap path.

I'm still considering it, though. Thanks again.
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