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Old December 18th, 2006, 11:43 AM   #1
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Will the Century 2x extender that fits on the GL2 fit the A1 without an adapter?

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Old December 18th, 2006, 12:15 PM   #2
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Hi Keith, if you're referring to the 2.0x Teleconverter GL1/GL2 MKII, the answer is no it will not. That converter is designed for a 58mm bayonet mount. The Canon XH camcorders have a 72mm bayonet mount.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 05:04 PM   #3
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er, I think the XHA1 has 72mm threaded front; the XLH1 has the bayonet?
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Old December 18th, 2006, 05:37 PM   #4
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Hi Chuck, all XL and XH series camcorders are equipped with both types of mounts (threaded and bayonet). The threaded filter mount is 72mm. The bayonet mount is of course just a bit bigger than 72mm. Likewise with the GL series camcorders... they have both types of mounts; threaded at 58mm and a bayonet mount that's slightly larger.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 09:00 PM   #5
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Thank you Chuck and Chris. But ouch! That will make the decision to purchase the A1 more difficult. I use the 2x all of the time on my GL2. So that adds close to $400 to the price of a new camcorder. A serious consideration. I need to look at side by side comparisons between the two camcorders in SD. Eventually, I will want HD, but I am not in a hurry for it.

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Old December 18th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #6
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Just curious, Keith, about what you're shooting that requires double the available 20x zoom on these camcorders? A 2x teleconverter on an XH camcorder would give you a field of view equivalent to a 1300mm lens, in 35mm still photography terms.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 10:07 PM   #7
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Wildlife (the real kind, not parties). I take the camcorder on 2 -3 month long trips, often to warm and humid climates, sometimes to cold areas. I aso use it around home for wildlife. I actually keep the lens on the camera all of the time and pop it off when I need wider angle or am too close and would get vignetting. I do film a few plays etc. and of course do not use the 2x then.

Since I replied about the cost above, I tried to find a 2x converetr for the A1. It looks like Centurty lenses are available for other 72 mm cameras, but they did not list the A1. I am sure that they will have one avavilable soon. The worst thing though was the price!! They were in the $1,400 range!! That will keep me shooting with the GL2 for a while.

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