Originally Posted by v1rtu0s1ty
Keep us posted! Good luck!
Thanks! I've done research, and will continue to do so, but this is what I've found so far:http://ezinearticles.com/?35mm-DOF-A...ne?&id=1270610
- general 35mm adapter infohttp://35mmadapter.blogspot.com/
- a resource on 35mm adaptershttp://www.jetsetmodels.info/tutorials.htm
- Daniel's GG Holder DIY 35mm adapter tutorialshttp://www.vid-atlantic.com/
- Cheapest pre-made adapter I've found, the EnCinema 35mm adapterhttp://www.twoneil.com/products.html
- this guy used Daniel's tutorial and made three affordable products you can buy from him. Here's a video of them:
Some forum threads on the issue:http://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?4...dapter-websitehttp://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?2...ma-35MM-Reviewhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1122029http://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?9...us-Redrock-etc
The most common DIY adapter (and first hit on Google) seems to be Daniel's DIY GG Holder 35mm adapter, and the most common cheapest already-made 35mm adapter seems to be the EnCinema 35mm adapter. Compare these videos from Youtube:
and again here's TwoNeil's adapters made using Daniel's tutorials:
and some sample footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKklb2wYd5A
In my opinion from perusing the sample footage on youtube, some of the EnCinema videos seem to have more vignetting, blur at the edges, speckles and somehow they just look to have less clarity than the DIY ones (although some footage from the EnCinema does seem to be fine). It may just be the filmmaker. Of course the pitfalls of a DIY project could come into play: I could make it wrong and with shipping for individual components it may end up costing even more than a purchased adapter anyway, and I have the feeling that no matter what it wouldn't look as great as a pre-made one by those who have done it before. I guess what I'm saying is, I don't have a lot of money, so I don't have money to lose on a failed project. I want it to work well the first time and every time, but be wallet-friendly as well. I also plan to get other camera accessories such as a mic, lens, lights, and an extra battery, so I want to save for those as well.
The adapters by TwoNeil may be the best of both worlds because he uses Daniel's instructions with a price comparable to EnCinema's, but I'm not sure. Other issues are that a lens with an F Stop of 1.8 or faster is supposedly needed to prevent blurring and vignetting and that non-vibrating adapters need careful maintenance to avoid dust.
One last video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBBOE...layer_embedded
This guy lists some 35mm adapter drawbacks: loss of light, and of course the image orientation on the LCD monitor. But the biggest thing he suggests is that you do not
build your own adapter. He says static adapters are what produce bad vignetting, and vibrating ones get rid of the dust specks. He suggests getting a rod support system too (which is more money). I'm not going to blindly trust this guy however, because it seems like A) he hasn't tried building one and looks to be rich enough to afford both a Letus adapter AND a rod support system and B) he appears to be a Letus/RedRock fanboy... then again this forum thread also has some against DIY: http://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?9...us-Redrock-etc
. I don't want to be overly-cautious either, I just want to find my best option.
Wow, this was a long post. Okay... so Opinions? Which DIY adapter do you like best? Which pre-made? Remember, I'm trying to find the best affordable shallow depth-of-field for my TM700. Thanks!
EDIT 1/22/11 - Found this site, too. The JAG35: http://web.me.com/jehug/JAG35.com/Compare.html
... and a forum thread it's in: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...g-35mm-adapter
... going to compare this to the others