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Old November 25th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #16
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Okay, so do you think that this telephoto lens - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._37_mm_2x.html - will work well on the Panasonic AG-DVC30? The camcorder manual says the DVC30 filter diameter is 43 mm. This telephoto lens comes with adapter rings of various sizes including 43 mm. Just wanted your thoughts on this. My budget can be up to US$70.00.
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Old November 25th, 2007, 08:06 AM   #17
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Hi Helen,

I think you would be better off with the Raynox 2.2x 2020pro and use step up rings from the 43mm to 58mm - It's more than you're budget, but you generally get what you pay for:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...hoto_Lens.html

Longer term you should be looking at a Century or Sony teleconverter as they are much better quality.

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Old November 25th, 2007, 08:28 AM   #18
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Okay, the brand Raynox is the same though, so the design and materials must be very similar. The one you're suggesting is .2x more plus it says High Definition. Anyway, you guys are real pros so I can imagine how this post must make you cringe when you saw my link! :-D
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Old December 31st, 2007, 08:12 PM   #19
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Thanks Peter, I went with your suggestion and got the Raynox 2.2x 2020pro with step up rings from 43mm to 58mm.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #20
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Here are 2 stills from the video timeline. The one with the parrot was taken using the Raynox 2.2x lens and the other is the camera's normal zoom (of 16x).

The parrot was in a palm tree about 50 feet high, and from where I was standing, the tree was about 200 feet away from me. The Caiman may have been about 50 feet away from me.

This note added afterward: The shot with the parrot is at the fullest zoom, there was vignetting for most of the shot so this telephoto can only be used at its full zoom which is what was explained to me throughout this post. (I just re-read the entire post and can now begin to relate more to things that you all mentioned.)
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Old January 16th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #21
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Hi Helen,

Thanks for the update and pics. As Trinidad and Tobago are quite small places I wondered if you have heard of a Mr B in Tobago, he runs amongst other enterprises bird watching trips. We were there 3 years ago when we managed to film the White tailed sabre winged hummingbird. After trekking through the rain forest we were lucky to see and film it. Mr B is quite a character with his matching coloured bowler hats and t-shirts

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Old January 16th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #22
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Hi Mick, your description of Mr B sounds vaguely familiar and I think I may have come across mention of him on the Internet while looking up local tour guides. I don't know of him first-hand though.

Nice to know you got some footage of the hummingbird!

After looking up some Tobago guides this seems to fit your physical description: http://www.mytobago.info/reviews/pet...ture_tours.php

(Perhaps not though given his real name.)
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Old January 17th, 2008, 03:06 AM   #23
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Hi Helen,

Unfortuantely it not him. I have done a search and could not find anything on him other than a small reference in trip adviser. He works out of the Inn on the Bay Hotel near Scarborough. The B refers to his surname which is in fact Blackman. When I get time if a can post a pic I will, as he is a very colourful character.

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Old January 17th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #24
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Okay Mick.
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Old February 13th, 2008, 12:01 PM   #25
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Raynox lens at full zoom.
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