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Old May 17th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: san diego ca USA
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WD-H43 No Front Filter Threads

Never thought to look before I bought the WD-H43, but I found out today when it arrived that it doesn't have threads on the front for a UV filter or someone to protect the lens.. Seems strange to have a $200 piece of glass that I can't protect... oh well..

Haven't had enough time with it yet to post any serious conclussions about this adapter. Initial thoughts:

It's not as heavy as I thought. Sure it's more weight, but I guess I was expecting it to be really bulky given some of the posts I have read with guys returning it, due to the weight

I do notice a touch more contrast as has been mentioned before. Not a bad thing, and not enough to force me to think about lowering the contrast settings (which is always a good option), but it is noticeable.

It has more barrel distortion than I thought it would. Duh, it's a wide angle, but I hadn't noticed much in some of the sample clips that have been posted. I need some more time with it to see what it looks like on more shots than running around my house as I did today. Some of it is cool - like having your dog's nose fill the screen for a joke shot..

I do like the resolution. Can't answer anything on the H vs non H versions of this adapter, since I opt'd for the H and don't have anything to compare it to. I do like it much better than the ~$70 Sony adapters I used in the past on Sony cameras..

I do like the effect of 24p and the wide angle to get a different shot. It is nice to have the ability to open up the shot more. I felt a little tight before and having to move back and then lossing what I wanted in the center with the stock lens.

Well that's about all I can think of...

One more thought. It does work well with the Merlin - the other toy that I'm really digging to tame the shakes. Yes, adding and removing parts means changing settings, etc, but for me the results are so much more satisfying to have the camera float when needed..

I'm enjoying the camera and enjoying this forum. Great info here to understand the HDV world... Pretty amazing that $1K can do what it does, even with some of the drawbacks of HD compression and 24p workflow... It can only get better with time...

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