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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Old lens to use with the GH3

Hello All,
I am planing to buy the Panasonic GH3 whenever it becomes available. I have researched lenses specific to the camera and have determined which of those to buy. My question, however, is what can I do with my Canon manual 14x zoom lens for the XL1- XL2 camcorder? I know that I held onto this gear too long (XL1 camcorder). If I can find a buyer for this gear, I will sell it. But that 14x lens is just about brand new. Is there anyway to reasonably adapt it to use with the GH3? Or should I just let it go? Appreciate all your input.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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I expect it would vignette quite severely. I guess you could have one made with the idea of using it in ETC mode?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 04:09 AM   #3
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Hi Aletha - Adrian is probably right. It would almost certainly vignette. Sadly, even if your could find or make an adapter, your XL1 lens is designed to cover a 1/3" sensor - which is much smaller than the sensor area of the GH3's micro 4/3 sensor - and even smaller than the portion of the sensor used by the Extended Tele Converter (ETC) mode:

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Probably a good idea to sell the XL1 and the lens as a package.

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Old January 11th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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Adrian and Bill, thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question. I always start out feeling apprehensive asking what I believe are silly questions;but, when I receive such helpful and insightful information and encouragement, I know I belong to the right community. I'll sell it all! I am excited to get that GH3; and, you can be sure I'll be back for more information.

Once again, I appreciate your help.

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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:15 AM   #5
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Aletha, seems a shame to sell it, if it's still in good condition, but I imagine that it could be a bit of an experiment to get use of it with a GH3. Best of luck.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, Adrian, that 14x lens is next to new; that's why it was killing me not to get better use of it. I dare say I didn't get any return on value. But, I don't possess the expertise to manage or know the issues that would result from trying to use it on GH3.

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Old January 13th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #7
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I think in ETC mode you're at or about a 1/2" chip or 2/3" chip, which means you'd still get some vignetting with the XL1 lens even in ETC mode.

You can use a 2/3" ENG lens on the GH3 in ETC mode, or if the lens has a 2x (doubler) it'll cover the entire sensor. The adapters for 2/3" B4 lenses to m43 are easy to come by (ebay, etc).
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Old January 16th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #8
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Hello All,
I am planing to buy the Panasonic GH3 whenever it becomes available. I have researched lenses specific to the camera and have determined which of those to buy. My question, however, is what can I do with my Canon manual 14x zoom lens for the XL1- XL2 camcorder? I know that I held onto this gear too long (XL1 camcorder). If I can find a buyer for this gear, I will sell it. But that 14x lens is just about brand new. Is there anyway to reasonably adapt it to use with the GH3? Or should I just let it go? Appreciate all your input.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 07:48 AM   #9
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The Metabones adapter won't work for lenses which were intended for a smaller format.
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