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Old September 20th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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Is an SD Lens on an HPX-502 acceptable if shooting in SD mode?

Hi all,

I am not familiar with shooting in HD at all. I haven't had to be. All I shoot is mainly news in SD which is captured (or transferred) into a Mac Laptop, edited, compressed, and sent to the network via FTP suing the mobile phone network.

But a recent write-off of the camera means I am considering all that are available to replace my trusty DSR-570.

The only thing I can find suitable is a Panasonic HPX-502. Suitable, because, it uses 2/3" chips to suit my lens and it is available immediately - unlike the sony XDCAM (which uses 1/2" chips anyway) or DSR-450 (2/3") cameras that have a 4-6 week wait.

I would, for the time being, be shooting on the P2 in SD. No need to shoot HD at all at this stage.

But among several other things, the issue I am dealing with in my head now, is whether or not my Fujinon SD lens is suitable for this camera. I hear all these horror stories about SD lenses causing all sorts of problems on HD cameras.

But is this when shooting in HD only, or when shooting in SD on these HD cameras as well?

In other words, if the P2 is the only camera available to replace mine via insurance, and if my lens is unsuitable for this camera, should I therefore be demanding the insurance company replace my lens as well because it is, pretty much, obsolete. Would I have to accept my lens back if it doesn't suit available cameras, or is this just my probalem and I would have to buy my own suitable lens?

But I guess my main question is this:

If I shoot SD with an SD lens on a HD camera, will I experience any problems? Can I do this successfully until I need to shoot in HD, and THEN I could buy an HD lens?

I appreciate any advice. This changeover is indeed confusing in this transitional time of SD to HD. And, let's face it, I want to make sure the insurance gets the right gear for me.


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Old September 20th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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you should be ok because the hxp 500 chip is basically a pixel shifted sdx-900.
write off? what happened to it? I ask because I have several dsr's

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