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Old January 6th, 2004, 01:49 PM   #1
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lens question

this marks my second lens question - hopefully i'm not being to redundant!!

i want to buy a new lens for my camera (fisheye) - i have a model in mind - pretty cheap $89.95 at B&H, but i'm not sure if it is compatible with the PD-150 - would someone care to enlighten me?? Thanks in advance for the help!!

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Old January 6th, 2004, 05:36 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure the PD150 has a 58mm front mount, which would make this lens adapter (46mm) too small. Check your camera's manual/documentation to get the correct diameter, then do a search for adapters of the same size.
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Old January 6th, 2004, 07:44 PM   #3
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the PD150 uses a 58mm mount.

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Old January 6th, 2004, 09:59 PM   #4
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You have a good camera with good optics, you should look at lens accessories befitting your camera. It seems that the fish eye adapters are $100 cheapies or ones over $400. I guess with a fish eye, it's all about distortion anyway so what the heck.

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Old January 9th, 2004, 02:38 PM   #5
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i'm using it to shoot a ski trip - so i was thinking cheaply anticipating that it may be misplaced or broken - thought fish eye would be a cool effect on the slopes!! thanks for your suggestions and help!
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Old January 10th, 2004, 08:45 PM   #6
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Raynox has some inexpensive fisheye lenses for the VX2?00/PD1?0. One is a bayonete mount (it clips on with spring-loaded clips) and a more expensive thread mount lens with 58mm threads. You can see them and their field of view on their website. Either will work for your camera. I bought mine, the bayonete mount, from 47st Photo (check Ebay stores or auctions). I got it cheaper than B&H.

47st Photo was a great place to buy from. Great prices, no high pressure and they offered some good advice on lenses. I had to return something and no sweat. I've ordered from them a couple times. I'd give them a shot:
http://stores.ebay.com/47stphoto

The bayonette mount seems to clip on pretty well. At first I thought it felt delicate and would fall off, but so far it hasn't. The nice thing is ya can quickly put on/off - great in some situations. Now, if you're going to ski down a hill with your PD150, I'd go with the thread mount for sure. But if you are going to be stationary the bayonette would probably work ok.

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Old January 10th, 2004, 11:26 PM   #7
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Kenko PRo and Century Optics (lots more $$$ but the best glass out there) have bayonet mount and frankly for over 2 years on 2 150's I've never had a problem with the bayonet mount. I personally do not like thread mounts because you can cross thread it and then you have a problem, plus the bayonet is faster and easier to put on and take off.

Of course this is only my opinion. Be careful what you buy has zoom thru capabilities and doesn't vignette the frame.
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