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Old March 5th, 2004, 06:16 PM   #16
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So from reading the various threads on wide angle lens to use for gs100, the HD5000 w/the use of thin Tiffen ring mentioned in this thread is a winning combo?

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Old March 5th, 2004, 06:22 PM   #17
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Only if you can stand some barreling and are prepared to accept that with a hood, vignetting will also occur. The only way I don't get vignetting is by not using the hood and, if using a filter, using the thins.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 07:10 PM   #18
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Robert, perhaps just get the Pana wide and make a hood fit on it---slip it around or something.
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Old March 7th, 2004, 03:00 PM   #19
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I use the Canon 43mm wides on my Pannys with
fine results.
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Old March 7th, 2004, 03:32 PM   #20
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Please post a link with a pic and specs for this Canon wide, if you know it. Thanks.
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Old March 7th, 2004, 04:26 PM   #21
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Here it is, Frank.
Mild barrel distortion, no vignetting, great coating
(low flare), sharp.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=233579&is=REG
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Old March 7th, 2004, 04:39 PM   #22
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No front filter thread, though, like the Panasonic. (Of course, by the time you pay for a really good thin filter for a WA - one with enough coating to cut down on more flare - you're practically paying for a second lens. There comes a point when it just makes more sense to go without the front thread?)
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Old March 7th, 2004, 04:57 PM   #23
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What type of filters do you use? For what purpose?
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Old March 7th, 2004, 05:44 PM   #24
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I've used the Tiffen gold diffusion for shooting oldsters indoors. Very nice effect on one video I did, but you have to be very careful if there's a lot of light. For outdoors I've gone through a Hoya UV thin, a Tiffen low contrast (does help a lot in flattening flare, but best for shooting landscapes, not scenes with people, imo) and was finally convinced by our only really worthwhile camera shop on Oahu to try a B&W polarizer (the Kaeseman -sp?- glass one). The polarizer (without a hood) worked very well for shooting my cousin's daughter's outdoor at-the-beach almost mid-day, i.e, killer sun, wedding. Still got some flare, but it was off to the side, and these days people think it's some special effect added by your software - if they notice it at all. (Indoors, I just shot without any filter at all and used the gs100's "smoothing" mode.)
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Old March 7th, 2004, 06:30 PM   #25
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Are there filters that can reduce contrast?
This would be good for shooting outdoors
in a bright sun.
You could get a larger, non-slimline filter
and tape it over the lens with gaffers tape.
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