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Old March 30th, 2003, 07:46 PM   #91
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Hood for Kenko 0.65 Pro Wide Angle lens

Can anyone suggest an affordable but effective hood for the 82mm diameter Kenko wide angle lens? And on the same topic is it OK to use a UV filter in front of it for extra protection or will it degraded the picture quality? Thanks all. Fernando
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Old March 30th, 2003, 10:47 PM   #92
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I thought I had commented on this post already. Maybe I didn't hit submit.

The Lee Wide Angle lens shade comes with none, one or two 4x4" filter slots and costs $220 to $230 US
You will also need a Lee 82 mm Adapter ring which is around $68-$70 US. The unit is kinda smurfy, kinda like a matt box.

http://leefiltersusa.com/PDFs/Camera/CamPdfIndex.html
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Old April 2nd, 2003, 09:31 PM   #93
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Century 0.55x Wide Angle lens

I'm curious to know who else owns this lens, and what they are using it for? It seems to be a less popular lens, but I prefer it many times over 0.65x. I still get about 3/4 of the zoom range, and it only distorts at the widest point. I just finished a small film shot with the VX2000 and the Century 0.55x lens. Once we are done color correcting it, I'll post some shots of this great lens. Pick it up for $229 at www.tristatecamera.com
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Old April 15th, 2003, 11:05 AM   #94
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Filter attachments for the Century Optics Wide Angle & 2X Tele Lenses

Hello everyone,
I'm about to purchase my PD 150 and a few lenses and was wondering if it's possible to put a filter on those Century Optics lenses instead of going with the large Century Optics Sunshade with the large square filters. Its seem a bit bulky to me. Any ideas? If so how much and where? Thanks for your time on this,
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Old April 15th, 2003, 11:14 AM   #95
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The Century 0.65x bayonet-on wide-angle has no filter threads - probably to stop you fitting filters and vignetting the full (uncropped) frame. The Cavision hoods work well with this lens though.

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Old April 15th, 2003, 02:37 PM   #96
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Todd, the Kenko Pro adaptor comes with filter threads. Before buying any adaptor, take your cam down to a shop, and shoot some test footage with both adaptors. Also what Tom says is correct. Most if not all wide angles with a filter screwed on will most likely cause vignetting.
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Old April 15th, 2003, 07:41 PM   #97
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I put about a half hour worth of info on your cross post over at dv.com. The links will keep you busy most of the evening.
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Old April 17th, 2003, 10:59 AM   #98
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Optex .65x Wide Angle

ZGC has this lense listed for $299 and sunshade for $95. Anyone know if this can be bought for less anywhere?
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Old April 17th, 2003, 12:14 PM   #99
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Make sure you know which version of the lens the price refers to Charles. Optex do a 0.65x with a 58mm attachment thread as well as the far nicer breech-lock bayonet. Both have the same optics, but one is a lot dearer than the other.

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Old April 17th, 2003, 12:40 PM   #100
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Its refers to it as a bayonet mount. Is this the correct one.
Thanks for the reply.
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Old April 17th, 2003, 03:00 PM   #101
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I believe ZGC is the only place to get this lens in the USA but i could be totally wrong. I have emailed them about the lens and t hey could only say good things about its build and optic quality. Send them an email they are more than willing to answer any of your questions. But for the money you cant beat the canon WD-58 with the lens hood just my opinion.
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Old April 17th, 2003, 04:49 PM   #102
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ZGC is, indeed, the only place in the US to get this lens. I wanted one last fall, and ZGC was temporarily out. I even went so far as to contact Optex in Britain. They could sell it to me and ship to the US, but the cost would have been slightly more than ZGC's price. I wound up waiting 'til ZGC got one in stock (I got the bayonet mount).

It's a nice lens, but be very careful about screwing in filters in the front. I used a standard UV filter and got vignetting (which DIDN'T show either in the viewfinder or the LCD screen of my VX2000, but DID show up when I went to edit). I have a "slim line" polarizer which I haven't tried yet, but I'm going to try to find a "slim line" UV filter and see how that works.

I didn't know there was a sun shade for it. How big is it? Does it just screw in the front?
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Old April 18th, 2003, 01:53 AM   #103
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I just bought the Optex .65 sony bayonet from Kingsway Motion Picture. They are the Canadian distributor. It was $500 Canadian.

ZGC is the distributor in the US. and do sell it for $298, I really do think that's as good a price as you'll get. By the time I paid shipping and brokerage it amounts to the same thing or within pennies.

Looks like a nice piece of glass with coatings on the rear elements. The tech claims all elements are coated. I'll have to play a bit tomorrow.

http://www.kingswaycanada.com/

Paul
They do show a shade but your better off buying a Cavision a chunk of change cheaper.
www.cavision.com

Paul, could you confirm the method of locking the lens. I aligh the slots with the red dot up. I turn the ring in the direction of the arrow (clockwise facing) and then turn the lens clockwise until tight.

If you could email me at bbeasleigh@rogers.com

I'm in the process of deciding on a matte box for the pig now.

Ive looked at the Chrosziel 4x4 and 3x3 DV hoods, the Cavisions, Lee's and the Century carbon Fibre.

The Century and Chrosziel are both a thing of beauty.
Anyone have any input here?
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Old April 18th, 2003, 07:20 AM   #104
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So which shade works on the Optex? French flag or super wide angle? or other
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Old April 18th, 2003, 03:24 PM   #105
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http://www.cavision.com/LensHood/LH100S.htm

The Rubber Sunshade for Internal Focal Lens:
Model number: LH-100M / P is suggested for .5 to .65 WA adapters.It doesn't mention the optex but remember the optex is the same as the centuiry .65.

The rubber hood comes with a (ABS) plastic (LH-100P) or metal (LH-100M) backmount.(clamp mount) It fits a 100mm barrel so it need a 100 to 85 stepping ring


http://www.cavision.com/french_flag_for_3x3.htm
The French Flag is just a very large elephant's ear that one clips on the top of the shade to prevent lens flare.

I have the price list on a word doc if you want a copy email me at bbeasleigh@nospamrogers.com.

The MBF3 french flag is $39 US
The LH-100M is $99 US
The LH-100P is $59 US
An ARP485 stepping ring from 100 to 85mm is $5
A cover is available for $10. if you have the french Flag it justs folds over and becomes a lens ahade cover.
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