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Handheld and shoulder mount versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


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Old February 5th, 2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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Can anyone suggest a filter or a lens (maybe feedback on the WA) for the Z7?

I have a friend who shoots with a JVC with a Fujinon TV-Zoom Lens, and the camera shoots in 50p. The footage looks great and was wondering if there's anyone out there who might suggest something to boost or make the Z7 footage look a bit better.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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What specifically looks better about the JVC footage? Higher resolution/sharpness? Or color rendition?


Maybe the fact that its progressive?



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Old February 6th, 2009, 03:57 AM   #3
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Could be the fact that it shoots in 50p. But the color looks great and the overall look of it looks smooth and filmic. I know the Z7 shoots in 24p (Australia), but obviously that's good to slow mo. Is there a filter or lens someone would recommend for the Z7? I know they don't have much in terms of lenses yet.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 05:02 AM   #4
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You don't say what the JVC camera is, but you may well be trying to make your 1"/3 chipped Z7 look like a 2"/3 chipped JVX fitted with a proper lens. There are no 'lenses or filters' that will make this happen Geoff, but keep digging in the Z7s menu and shoot footage at lots of different settings.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 10:55 AM   #5
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Yes, we need more info about the JVC to help out. "Better" can mean a lot of things.

Frame rate, color, depth of field, etc. these are all things that are most important to some which can make a camera "better."

If you can't give us a better idea of what "better" is to you, then here are the things you can try.

1. Frame rate: 60i, 30p, 24p. Try them all & see how they are different.
2. Color. Use the picture profiles & see if you can get that "look" you want.
3. Depth of field. Take a few objects & put them on a well lit table (can of Coke, Dr. Pepper & 'MTN' Dew). Move the camera as far as you can away from the table & zoom into the objects. Go through the ND filters one at a time, adjusting the iris each time to keep exposure, & take note of how items & background go from in focus to out of focus.
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