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Old February 24th, 2009, 05:47 AM   #16
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Nigel,

here are the Raynox details for the FX1000:

Raynox High Definition Conversion Lens Accessories for SONY HDR-FX1000, HDR-FX1000E, HVR-Z5E, HVR-Z5U, HVR-Z5 HVR Camcorders
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Old February 24th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #17
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Wow Rich - lovely film! Brave cutting indeed. And even braver jumping - those boys (you included) are mad, and it shows up well.

Such very short focal lengths need spotless spotless optics though (you know what I mean), but this is a nit-pick in a film that's so full of variety in pace.

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Thanks Tom, I know what you mean about the spotless optics. When I saw those dust specs & bloches I cringed. Day one, Lesson one of HD - mad atention to a clean lens -which is quite a chore in the southwest as bikes go zipping by you. I use to get away with alot more with the old VX2100
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Old February 25th, 2009, 03:30 AM   #18
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I guess you'll keep a micro-fibre cloth with you at all times on such a shoot. And like I've been saying on other threads all over DVi - don't use filters with such extremely short focal lengths unless you absolutely, gun2thehead have to. Every air2glass surface is another surface that must be kept spotless.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 10:43 PM   #19
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Has anyone tried the century Z7U Century lens on either of these cameras yet?
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Old February 28th, 2009, 04:45 AM   #20
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Dovision 0.3x Ultra Fisheye Adapter????


Anyone? looks like century optics and it's 0.3
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Old February 28th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #22
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Yup, I was looking at that not long before I started this thread. It looks alright, I mean its German so it must be well made. However I emailed them and they haven't gotten back to me with what it would look like on an HVR-Z5 not to mention I thought we couldn't thread mount on our cams.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 02:08 PM   #23
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Yup, I was looking at that not long before I started this thread. It looks alright, I mean its German so it must be well made. However I emailed them and they haven't gotten back to me with what it would look like on an HVR-Z5 not to mention I thought we couldn't thread mount on our cams.
it's pricey too. Wish they posted frame grabs with and without the adapter.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #24
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I agree - lots and lots of technical pictures of the lens but not a single frame grab. This lens isn't to look pretty on your camera, it's to film through.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 01:24 AM   #25
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If one needs translation or communication help with the company let me know. I'm German ;)
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Old March 1st, 2009, 02:25 PM   #26
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Peter if its not to much trouble could you ask them if they can give us an actual frame with that lens on?
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Old March 8th, 2009, 04:59 AM   #27
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Sorry Nigel, took me some time to send them the question. Just did it now. Now buys with the FX which arrived yesterday :D

Will keep you posted.
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Old March 8th, 2009, 06:05 AM   #28
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I've got a very useful wide-converter - it's the Tecpro 0.5S. It's a 58 mm fitting, is full zoom-through and interestingly it can be unscrewed so that you can use part of it as a powerful macro lens (+10 dioptre) and the front part when used on its own gives you a 0.3x fisheye lens (partial zoom-through).

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Old March 14th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #29
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Nigel,

here is the reply from the German Ebay guy - translated of course:

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Pictures have not been edited:

http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10...F/DSC00126.JPG
[http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10.../DSC00126.JPG]
http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10...F/DSC00125.JPG [http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10.../DSC00125.JPG]
http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10...F/DSC00123.JPG [http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10.../DSC00123.JPG]


This is a 180 degree shot - he was with the cam already in the door frame

http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10...CF/180grad.JPG [http://ideal-photo.de/test_pics/fx10...F/180grad.JPG]

More shots with the lens on Vimeo:

XH-A1

EndlessPictures Banditos Edit on Vimeo [http://vimeo.com/2972950]

FX7 ( the cam is not so wide angle therefore you don't have the typical Fisheye look)

DOVISION test on Vimeo [http://vimeo.com/3200170]

Tip: As more wide angle capability the cam has, as stronger the effect

The lens is filling the horizontal frame optimal if the focal is between 28-36mm KB, which is the best with the Canon XH Series and the Sony FX1000,Z5,z7,FX1 Series

The effect is also not that fisheye style for 4:3 cams like Canon XM1 and Xm2 and the old XL Series.

Currently you will not find any stronger ones then the 0.3x of Dovision

I hope this helps
Ersen Islak

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Let me konw if you have further questions.
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Old March 14th, 2009, 01:56 PM   #30
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Wow thank you very much Peter. This definitely helps my decision a lot. Has anybody else heard about a recall on Century fisheyes for Sony's again?
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