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Old March 2nd, 2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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tele?

The Kentucky Derby's coming up in May, and I have the opertunity to shoot some racing footage.... to me, the Z1's tele is a bit on the short side for anything like this...

Any of you fellas had success with an add on tele converter? any good ones over 2x?

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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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Hi Chris,

I do some Horse Videography (Stadium Jumping, Dressage, and Cross Country). I've found that 10 to 12X has usually been enough if you place yourself properly. I've found that adding X brings issues of focus, Cam balance, and increased need of a very stable platform. (if you've got a very good lens)

If you can, try to do a tryout of a simular distance situation (if you can't actually try it at the track). You may find you've got enough with your Cam's X.

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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:09 AM   #3
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I've used the Sony HG (don't have exact no.) 1.7 58mm mount with a step down ring on my FX1. It vignettes except at longest telephoto ranges, but actually does a very nice job. I would love a good 2x, because it still needs more length for nature type shots..
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:11 AM   #4
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Cristopher - I agree that the Z1 needs extending for many applications. I have the 1.6x Century which is nice, but not cheap. They now make a 2x which is really expensive. See the following threads:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=58525
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=71285
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=66234
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM   #6
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I just picked up the Centure Optics 2.0x teleconverter. I haven't filmed with it yet but I have played around with it and found that it focuses very quickly and I haven't noticed any iris degrading with in on. Granted, it's not the best review as I haven't plugged it into the cmpt yet. But next weekend I'm filming a wedding and I'll let you know the results after that.
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