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Old March 3rd, 2008, 06:16 PM   #1
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Best still 35mm zoom lens for the JVC HD ?

Hi all,

I hope this is the right forum for this question.
Any suggestions as to using 35mm stills zoom lens on a JVC HD? Which lens is an excellent one at around 2 grand ? I was thinking a bout the Nikon AF VR Zoom 70-200mm f/2.8D G-AFS ED-IF - anyone has some experience with this lens?

Other suggestions?

I realise I will have to use it manual only.

Any input is greatly appreciated!

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Old March 3rd, 2008, 10:57 PM   #2
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Ofer,
I have the Nikon 80-200 f2.8. Works great.

allows for fine tuning composition without moving your setup.

bright and fast.

takes over several of my primes, like the 85mm, 105mm and 200mm. so instead of 3 i just take this one.

Cons is its heavy and needs additional support on your rods.

heres a pic of the set up
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Old March 4th, 2008, 05:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the great information Ted!

Please forgive my ignorance - what is the DIY adapter - the Nikon adapter that I saw looks like a small ring....(-:

Who is the support manufacturer?

Thanks!
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Ofer, that's an adapter designed to give you shallow depth of field. Because of the small chips in our cameras shallow DOF is quite an elusive effect to get. So Ted, like many others, uses a special adapter with a piece of rotating, or vibrating (depends on the unit) glass inside of it. This adapter goes on the end of the stock lens (except in Ted's case because, well, Ted's special), and then your 35mm lens attaches to it. The image from the 35mm lens gets projected onto the ground glass, then the camera's stock lens focuses on that ground glass. Now you have the ability to get a shallower DOF. I believe Ted made his adapter, his "stock lens" AND his rails system. Man's not human.

Downsides of a setup like this, especially for you, are the camera gets very long, a little more fragile, and pretty awkward. If you're going on safari, which I bet you are, you might end up leaving your 2 grand in the truck if you go with an adapter like that. I know I do. Plus, while shooting telephoto you will already have a pretty shallow DOF if you want it. It's the wide stuff where you can't get it with the stock lens.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:23 AM   #5
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Thanks Eric!
I assume that using the Nikon 80-200 f-2.8 and shooting wide open I will get a nice shallow DOF ?
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Yes you are correct Ofer. You will. But you'll also be able to go deep - for when your friends are on the wing..
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Thanks Eric!
I assume that using the Nikon 80-200 f-2.8 and shooting wide open I will get a nice shallow DOF ?
You do realize that the FOV will significantly diminish with one of those adapters?
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Old March 5th, 2008, 08:52 AM   #8
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Thanks Liam - I do realise that.

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