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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old August 12th, 2005, 04:02 AM   #1
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Tele-macro

Have any HC1 users experimented with the tele-macro feature yet?

I was very excited when I read some pundit speculating about this feature as being a at-long-last solution to the video depth-of-field problem.

I'm going to have this cam in a few days now, and would be excited even if the tele-macro feature were not part of the deal, but the thought of a shallow depth of field without the "crank open the aperture and haul out the lights" routine is what has me most excited of all.

My second question is--having Googled "tele-macro" extensively--if this technology has been around for a while (and so far as I can tell, it has), why haven't videographers cobbled some aftermarket tele-macro solution prior to the HC1? If they have, it certainly doesn't seem to be in wide use.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 04:25 AM   #2
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I think the telemacro thingy is for real closeups like a bee on a flower in the 1 metre range. I guess you could build something to get the shallow DOF. I want to have shallow DOF but I think it requires to build some add on lenses. Some said that cameras with smaller lenses wouldn't work good for that kind of project.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 05:28 AM   #3
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Just tested the telemacro. It does real closeups on objects and stuff around gets blurry. But it zooms in on the chosen object automatically so it doesn't give a shallow DOF effect.
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Old August 13th, 2005, 11:29 AM   #4
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That's disappointing. No way around this?
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Old August 13th, 2005, 12:36 PM   #5
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I don't think so. I guess that something similar to those 35 mm adapter on the net can be built. I am too much of a newbie to understand how it works at the moment. But I am gonna look into it and try to understand.
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Old August 13th, 2005, 01:39 PM   #6
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Please do. I have tried and I don't know where to go to try and understand.
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