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Old August 1st, 2003, 06:05 AM   #1
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Pd 150 Long Lens Adapter

Hi everyone,
long time since I have been herre. I am looking at what is the best solution for producing 'extreme' shallow depth of field on my Sony pd 150, beyond what the fixed lens can produce. Does anyone knows of zoom adaptors, or step up rings that could produce this result for me ?
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Old August 1st, 2003, 08:42 AM   #2
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Perhaps a telephoto adapter will help. But I expect not as much as you wish.
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Old August 1st, 2003, 09:54 AM   #3
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Juan, have you tried controlling the aperature manually? Your definition of "extreme" may be more demanding than mine, but you can get some pretty shallow DOF with the manual settings.
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Old August 1st, 2003, 03:05 PM   #4
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To get shallower depth of field you want to:
1- zoom in more and step back (sometimes not practical in the field because you can trip)
2- open up the aperature to its maximum
3- add ND filters as necessary to avoid overexposure. (these are built into the PD150?)

Other solutions is to get a camera with larger CCDs and to put a softscreen behind the subject to fake a shallow depth of field.
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Old August 1st, 2003, 09:27 PM   #5
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Hi,
thanks for all feed back. I am definitly talking telephoto adapter here.
Even at lowest aperture end of zoom the lens doesn't give me the flexibility I need for this particular sequence. A telephoto should allow me to play around mor with d.o.p. Mike can you recomend a good telephoto adapter ?
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Old August 1st, 2003, 09:35 PM   #6
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Century Optics makes a good one. I don't know about the other brands. Century also makes an adapter to adapt Nikon lens to standard Sony 1/2" mounts. If you had access to a DSR-300, that would be a great way to get a really long lens on a video camera.

I think one can also rent prime lens for various lens mounts. Course you have to have access to the camera in the first place.

You know, if you have a short shoot, you might want to consider renting a setup.

Or, gasp, shooting in Super8 or 16 mm.
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Old August 2nd, 2003, 12:56 PM   #7
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telephoto for pd 150

Mike,

thank you very much for your advice. I am going to investigate Century's adapters.
I take your point about working with an other camera (DSR300/500) but I guess I really quite invovled with the 150 and I am exploring ways to push the camera as far as I can whilst being aware and working with the limitations of the camera, could be a great way to produce some original results.
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Old August 2nd, 2003, 01:01 PM   #8
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Well, you could really put on your test pilot goggles and remove the exisiting lens from the camera and explore adaptors for popular still cameras lens. :-)))))
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