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Old July 27th, 2008, 06:47 PM   #1
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Does anyone here own a JVC HDV cam (100 or 200 model) and has upgraded to an HD lens (not the stock lens that comes with the cam)

I'd love to hear any input regarding the quality of other lenses vs. the stock lens that comes with the cam.

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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #2
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I have an HD200 with the 17x Fujinon. Since I ordered it this way, I can't compare it to the 16x lens, but I can tell you the images taken with the 17x are very sharp and clear.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 11:03 PM   #3
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I got the 17x for my 200 and am much happier with it over the stock 16. If you saw the two lens side by side, you can tell.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:11 PM   #4
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I have the 18x4.2 BERM for the HD250. I work for a news station, so the lens is actually a special version that has a 2x tele-extender.
Anyway, it's a great lens, though I haven't used the 16x stock lens for comparison. It's not perfect, however. When I'm zoomed out wide, there's a bit of chromatic aberration at the far edges of the image. And the iris must be set at f4 or more, otherwise there's terrible green/magenta chromatic aberration around highlights. In other words, if you open up anywhere from f2.8 to wide open, the aberration makes shots almost unuseable. So it's not the best lens to use if you're wanting to create shallow depth-of-field by opening the iris up wide.

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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:18 PM   #5
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i have two HD100's with stock 16x, and one 13x that I use as well. The 13x has become my favorite, and stays on one cam most of the time now. It exhibits no CA, and is MUCH sharper than the 16x. Wish I had enough work to justify another 13x for the other cam...
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Old July 29th, 2008, 12:08 PM   #6
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I own the HD100 and the Th13x3.5BRMU lens. This was the only lens available for a long time for the JVC cameras. I LOVE the lens compared to the stock. Images are much crisper, barely any noticeable breathing, the "feel" is much more smooth in the focus, zoom and iris controls, and I really enjoy how wide it is. Coincidentally, I am selling my JVC packages and this lens. If you're interested, see my post in the Classified section.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #7
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manual focus

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what would be a good replacement lens for the stock lens on the HD100.
Im going to be shooting a few short films in 24p and woulld like more control over the lens (manual focus). Is there any options out there that won break the bank? maybe like a lens adapter to a 35mm lens or something not sure.

thanks in advanced
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Old August 6th, 2008, 08:18 AM   #8
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for 300-400 dollars you can get a zoerk or MTF adapter that will allow you to place nikon SLR lenses on your JVC. but note that it multiplies the focal length by so much. to give you an idea, a 10mm slr lens would seem like 85-105mm on the jvc.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 05:58 PM   #9
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what would be a good replacement lens for the stock lens on the HD100.
Im going to be shooting a few short films in 24p and woulld like more control over the lens (manual focus). Is there any options out there that won break the bank? maybe like a lens adapter to a 35mm lens or something not sure.

thanks in advanced
shawn
I use the Redrock Micro M2 on my stock JVC lens. Great results.
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