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Old May 16th, 2005, 02:29 AM   #1
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DCR-FE180 PRO Fisheye

I have the above model Raynox lens which has a 62mm thread. Has anyone tried to step this up to the FX1/Z1? If so, what are the results? I imagine some cropping will occur but is it still workable at all? I saw that Raynox just released some new lenses but I already have the investment in this lens.

It works great with my JVC GR-HD1 but I am trying to figure out if I should keep it if I purchase the Sony or sell it with my JVC. Any insight is appreciated.

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Old May 21st, 2005, 01:22 PM   #2
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Well I tried this on an an FX1 and it does attach well with a step down ring but the results are not so good. The corners are very rounded when zoomed all the way out - maybe good as a music video effect ("thinking of some old Beastie Boys vids"). You zoom past the edges and the net result is no better than not having the lens on at all.
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Old May 21st, 2005, 02:51 PM   #3
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Well, if it is a fish eye wide angle adapter as he was saying, then the corners are supposed to be very rounded. That's how fish eye wide angle lenses look.

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Well I tried this on an an FX1 and it does attach well with a step down ring but the results are not so good. The corners are very rounded when zoomed all the way out - maybe good as a music video effect ("thinking of some old Beastie Boys vids"). You zoom past the edges and the net result is no better than not having the lens on at all.
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Old May 21st, 2005, 03:15 PM   #4
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Raynox has new 180 deg. fisheye made specifically for FX1. It's about 1,000 USD. Should be very sharp. I wonder how it compare to Century Optics that costs about 3,000 USD.

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Old May 21st, 2005, 09:06 PM   #5
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I should clarify that I meant I could see the black round edges of the lens opening itself. Yes, the new Raynox lens would be the way to go but the cost is double the FE180.
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Old May 21st, 2005, 09:50 PM   #6
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Ok. In that case you are right. When you see vignetting then it is no good.
That's a different story.

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I should clarify that I meant I could see the black round edges of the lens opening itself. Yes, the new Raynox lens would be the way to go but the cost is double the FE180.
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