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Old November 30th, 2007, 01:27 PM   #406
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alright thanks i think ill go with the .55x then. it seems like the right chice for me, i most likely wont be using much zoom when using it so that shouldnt be a problem, and the .3x fisheye is too much fisheye for what i need.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 05:26 PM   #407
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Give me a couple hours and I'll post footage from my vx2000 with no lens full wide.
Full Wide with the .55x
Then full wide with the .3x
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Old November 30th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #408
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Give me a couple hours and I'll post footage from my vx2000 with no lens full wide.
Full Wide with the .55x
Then full wide with the .3x
that would be great!
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Old November 30th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #409
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What you will find with the .65 is that it will noticably soften the image and create some barrel distortion.

When I discovered this, I contacted Century and they had me ship it to them. The result was a statement that "it is performing up to specification." I had to pay them for the testing and postage before they'd ship it back to me.

I still feel that for the price, it doesn't perform any better than the much less expensive Canon that I exhchanged with B&H because it too softened the image and had some barrel distortion.

I suggest you save a bunch of money and try the Canon first. It even comes with a case!
Mike,

Sorry for your troubles with the .65x. We have worked very hard to make that lens better and the design isn't cooperating. While most of our attachments are excellent, the .65x does have some issues and the quality of the attachment varies greatly from camera to camera due to a 5% descrepency in CCD placement from camera to camera. We have many customers who are completely satisfied with their .65x and it would appear that it is a combination of not our strongest design and a CCD placement issue.

We hope that you will consider our lenses on all new models as they become available due to varying designs.

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Old November 30th, 2007, 08:18 PM   #410
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Frankly I got the feeling that Schneider had taken over and was just being arrogant. That experience made me decide to not purchase any other Century products and to advise others to avoid them.

I can understand design issues, even if I don't like the results. But to be told 'it meets the functional criteria,' when it obviously doesn't meet the application need and then to be charged for the insult was too much.

However, to continue to promote the .65 WA adapter doesn't speak well for your company. It should be withdrawn from the market in my opinion. I do have two other Century WA adapters for other cameras and they do perform well, making the .65 look even worse by comparison.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 08:27 PM   #411
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Frankly I got the feeling that Schneider had taken over and was just being arrogant. That experience made me decide to not purchase any other Century products and to advise others to avoid them.

I can understand design issues, even if I don't like the results. But to be told 'it meets the functional criteria,' when it obviously doesn't meet the application need and then to be charged for the insult was too much.

However, to continue to promote the .65 WA adapter doesn't speak well for your company. It should be withdrawn from the market in my opinion. I do have two other Century WA adapters for other cameras and they do perform well, making the .65 look even worse by comparison.
Mike,

Thanks for your input and I hope my presence on this site is helping you to understand that we truly do care about our customers and the Schneider purchase has only increased our capabilities.

Fortunately, we have shipped thousands of these units with no complaint. I again apologize for you unfortunate experience.

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Old December 3rd, 2007, 12:31 PM   #412
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Sorry I never got back and posted a comparison. School work got in the way.
I WILL post a few screen grabs after my next class.

Edit: Here are the photos.

http://s225.photobucket.com/albums/dd268/bmxky/

They should be pretty self explanatory, however if they aren't let me know and I will clarify.

The .3x century does have some scratches(not my fault I bought it on ebay like that....but it was only like $180.)
There is also the .3x century
There is also the regular vx2000 lens on it.

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Old December 4th, 2007, 12:12 PM   #413
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Sorry I never got back and posted a comparison. School work got in the way.
I WILL post a few screen grabs after my next class.

Edit: Here are the photos.

http://s225.photobucket.com/albums/dd268/bmxky/

They should be pretty self explanatory, however if they aren't let me know and I will clarify.

The .3x century does have some scratches(not my fault I bought it on ebay like that....but it was only like $180.)
There is also the .3x century
There is also the regular vx2000 lens on it.
Thanks for the footage Eric!

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Old December 4th, 2007, 01:02 PM   #414
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no problem. Thank you and your company for the presence on this message board.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #415
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Hey Ryan, do you know how much it would cost to replace the glass on the .3x adapter?
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Old December 31st, 2007, 10:41 AM   #416
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Hey Ryan, do you know how much it would cost to replace the glass on the .3x adapter?
It depends on what piece of glass you want to replace. The front element on most .3x Ultra Fisheye lenses run about $300 plus labor. You might be able to guess how many skateboarders come through our Office with damaged front elements.

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Old December 31st, 2007, 03:30 PM   #417
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I assume lots. Mine has a bunch of little nicks in it...I have no idea what the previous owner did to it.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 05:41 PM   #418
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I assume lots. Mine has a bunch of little nicks in it...I have no idea what the previous owner did to it.
Probably ran a skateboard tail into a few times. . .as usual. :)
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