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Old January 28th, 2005, 03:30 AM   #1
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16 x 9 'True Widescreen'

I have been having some pleasing results with the 16 x 9 mode on an HC1000 which has a 'true widescreen'?
As I have never been happy with the 16 x 9 on my VX2100 or Canon Gl2 with the electronic 'crop and stretch, can anyone please advise me of the best widescreen add on lens that gives an optical squeeze to the full frame on these cams and would this method still leave the quality of the Vx2100 picture intact.
It's a widescreen world out there and I rather use my VX2100 for it which I love than have to use lesser cams including single chippers newer to the market that give better 16 x 9.
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Old January 28th, 2005, 05:57 AM   #2
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You'll be needing a 1.33:1 anamorphic lens then Paul. They're made by Panasonic, Optex, Century and others, and as you surmise they'll keep your VX2k at full resolution in the 16:9 mode.

Of course there are downsides like the v'finder distortion and (maybe) curtailed zoom range, but like you say you'll not be bothered by the low light insensitivity of the HC1000 and its CCD smear and so on.

If at all possible try out your VX with an anamorphic before you hand over the money. Take a good hard look at the pictures its giving you and ask if you're happy to live with the constraints imposed.

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Old January 28th, 2005, 06:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the speedy reply Tom , I'm onto the Optex website now.
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