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Old May 21st, 2003, 09:03 AM   #1
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Wide Angle 'Converter' or 'Adapter'?

I'm looking for a wide angle lens for my PDX, and am not sure what, if anything, is the diffrerence between a "converter" and an "adapter." I want something that will still allow me to utilize the full zoom range, and I've mostly seen this associated with the "converter". Is that the difference?

I'd greatly appreciate a suggestion on a good/economical WA lens.

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Old May 23rd, 2003, 10:31 AM   #2
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Does this mean that nobody else knows either, or that it's just a silly question? :-)
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Old May 23rd, 2003, 11:58 AM   #3
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I think of an adaptor as something that makes two things fit together (by going between them), while a converter is something that changes the ability of one thing to fit with another.
What the marketing departments of various lens producing companies believe may be something else entirely.
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Old May 23rd, 2003, 12:20 PM   #4
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I don't think there's any difference. Either way it's an add-on lens that attaches in front of the existing one. Just two different names for the same thing. I got one from a company called "digital" which is a .45x wide adaptor and seems pretty nice, although I've never shot a test shot with it. It has an interesting feature; unscrew the front element and it becomes a macro lens. It also has 48mm threads on the front to accept filters.
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Old May 27th, 2003, 09:49 PM   #5
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You want a "w/a converter", I use this on my VX2000 and hardly ever remove it. Have you any experience with a trv950? We use three VX's to video fireworks shows and are looking for something smaller that has three chips to maximize color. We intend to use these as backups.

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Old May 28th, 2003, 11:10 AM   #6
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Thanks Bob. Which w/a converter do you have for your VX?

I haven't used the TRV950, but it is very similar to my PDX10. I think the only significant differences are DVCAM format, "true" 16:9, and the included XLR adapter.

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Old May 28th, 2003, 11:49 AM   #7
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We use Canon WD-58 w/a lenses, screw-on with a lens cover that fits snug. They are zoom thru and have been very sharp for us in all instances. It seems everyone is interested in how much zoom a camera comes with, sometimes, my biggest problem is getting back far enough to get the shot I want, this lens works well for us. The TRV 950 seems pretty hard to get out here in California.

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Old May 28th, 2003, 11:54 AM   #8
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Boyd- What wide angle did you get, and what did it cost? I liked the ability to do macro! Let me know how the lens works :)
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Old May 28th, 2003, 01:27 PM   #9
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On the box it says:

Digital Optics
0.45x
Night Vision High Resolution
Video Recording
Item #7401T-37

Subjectively I like the results but haven't done any tests with a resolution chart. You get a bit of barrel distortion at full wide zoom, but no vignetting. Personally I sort of like that look in panoramic shots, where the horizon curves a bit, especially for 16:9. But I guess that's a personal preference. If you use the additional wide lens hood that Sony supplies with the PDX-10 it works great, still no vignetting at full wide.

It has 49mm filter threads on the front. I picked up an ND filter and UV filter for it; don't use a filter between the camera lens and the wide adaptor because then it does vignette, although not enough to show in the viewfinder (which I learned the hard way after making some shots where I needed the full frame).

I haven't really used the macro feature, except to look through the viewfinder and note that it worked at close range. I don't have the exact cost handy, but probably didn't get that good of a deal really. It was in the neighborhood of $100-$120 however.
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