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Old May 26th, 2004, 10:28 PM   #1
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Matte box Vs. 52mm lenses for HD1

I am looking for a nice way to add filters to my JCV HD1, and ended up with two choices: Using a matte box with its filters (the expensive way), or just screwing in 52mm lens filters (the unexpensive method)

Is there a big difference in quality? What would the benefits/drawbacks of using them be, especially considering that some lenses might not be optimal for HDV.

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Old May 27th, 2004, 11:55 AM   #2
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And, believe or not, the cheaper way give you better result...there are so many choices for threaded filters..
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Old May 27th, 2004, 11:29 PM   #3
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Do you have any special preference for a brand of lenses? I am especailly interested on a circle polarizer.

Which would you say are the essential lenses one must have for these kind of cameras?

I read somewhere that an ND could well fix the color problems of JVC's HDV cameras (in exchange for f stops). What sort of ND would you get for this?

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Old May 28th, 2004, 09:30 AM   #4
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I don't know about color, but ND filters rule! Get a .6 and a .9 ND filter!

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Old May 28th, 2004, 11:51 AM   #5
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I've been stacking a .3 and .6 together with good results also. ND are a MUST if you are shooting outside in daylight.
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Old May 28th, 2004, 08:21 PM   #6
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And a good polarizer!!

I've been using a .3 ND with a polizer stacked for outdoor shooting....and sometimes 2 polarizers stacked for added control in really bright sunlit situations. Our Ozzie sun can be pretty harsh sometimes!!!
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Old May 29th, 2004, 02:52 PM   #7
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If you have a matte box (century 4x4) which you use for 4x4 filter but let`s say can you still use 52mm filters when the matte box is attached ???
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Old May 29th, 2004, 03:36 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, I will be flying tomorrow to houston to pick up my JTL lights, and will try to find the filters you recommended me.

So summing it up, I'll try to get 1 Circular Polarizer, one .3 ND and one .6 ND.

I'm almost ready to start shooting my first HD(V) short! I am really excited about this!

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