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Old November 16th, 2010, 06:50 AM   #1
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Wildlife with a Panasonic AF100

For years I have filmed wildlife using a Canon XL1s and an XL2 with an XL adaptor and a 100mm to 300mm zoom lens with super results.
Earlier this year I moved into HD with a Panasonic HMC 41 and I am getting some great shots, unfortunatley
the maximum zoom is 490mm which is fine for larger animals ( Badgers Deer Etc.) but I am finding it's
not much use for small birds and animals unless I set up hides and get much closer which is not always
practical.
What do you think of the new Panasonic AF101 as a recording unit and what lenses do you think will be suitable to give me telephoto 35mm equivalent of 500mm to 1500mm.
Canon or Nikon or even a mirror lens to keep weight down.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #2
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I will put some numbers here, maybe they will help.
Canon XL-2 : 7.2 crop factor with 300mm lens 7.2 x 300 = 2160mm
Panasonic : 1.8 crop factor ! so to get 1500mm you need 1500 : 1.8 = 833mm lens !!!
That means you will need the SIGMonster 300mm-800mm !
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Old November 17th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #3
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As I can see thats the problem with the big Cmos cameras. With the sony EX3 1/2" chip and the adaptimax adapter (5x) you only need a 300 mm sigma lens to get the 1500mm lens. You will not be able to use the standard 2/3" lenses if you should need to make anything "standard" with a zoom function.
But offcourse it would be great for nature, keeping those thing in mind. You just need to get a little closer and that has always been the key to great recordings out there.
I would love to hear how it is to work with.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #4
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Hi Sassi
Many thanks for the info. I was afraid that I might need a monster lens to give me results anywhere
near the XL2.
Unfortunately due to it's monster size and cost this is not a practical solution so it's back to crawling
through the heather to try and get close up shots.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 06:00 AM   #5
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I will put some numbers here, maybe they will help.
Canon XL-2 : 7.2 crop factor with 300mm lens 7.2 x 300 = 2160mm
Panasonic : 1.8 crop factor ! so to get 1500mm you need 1500 : 1.8 = 833mm lens !!!
That means you will need the SIGMonster 300mm-800mm !
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On the XL-2 the crop factor for a 35mm lens would even be bigger, wouldn't it, 7.2 applies for HDV (1080x1440 pixels). Going from SD to 35mm will be a HUGE decrease in magnification!
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Old November 19th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #6
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I've been trying to find a similar solution. I've tried a Sigma 50-500 + 2xTC on my 7D, but it's tough getting good footage with that combo.

I'm very interested with the upcoming GH2 with a 2.6x teleconversion factor for 1080p and a 3.9x factor for 720p. There's also going to be 100-300 lens coming available in the m43 mount and that's going to be a great light and portable combo. I've been using the GH1 (with hack) for a few months, so I think the GH2 should be a great combo.
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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #7
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well if you really need to reach out there, I use an older JVC HD100 with a MTF brand nikon lens adapter. the quality is great, and for instance a 100-300 nikon MF zoom now becomes a 700-2100mm zoom. you can pick up these cameras fairly cheap now. I have had mine for about 5 yrs and would never part with it because of the long reach with great nikon glass...
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Old November 19th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #8
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I've been trying to find a similar solution. I've tried a Sigma 50-500 + 2xTC on my 7D, but it's tough getting good footage with that combo.

I'm very interested with the upcoming GH2 with a 2.6x teleconversion factor for 1080p and a 3.9x factor for 720p. There's also going to be 100-300 lens coming available in the m43 mount and that's going to be a great light and portable combo. I've been using the GH1 (with hack) for a few months, so I think the GH2 should be a great combo.
Here's a video of the GH2's ETC using the 100-300: YouTube - Panasonic LUMIX GH2 EX Telecon Test. While there's a slight loss of resolution, this look pretty nice when you need the reach.

Here's a moon shot by the same fellow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBX94meEi0. For you jaded folk, this may evoke "Ho hum. Seen better." My reaction was "Holy #$@# Batman!"

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Old November 22nd, 2010, 03:29 AM   #9
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It's not that fast... But a good zoom
http://www.syopt.co.kr/common/pdf/f=...0F8.0-16.0.pdf

I don't know the price but I'll gona try it on my 7D ASAP
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