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post #1 of 7 Old 12-26-2011, 02:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I didn't want to post this in the TM700 specific thread as I assume this question could be for any camera.

Looking around Amazon I'm seeing many different lenses I can use for my TM700, does anyone have experience with these? Some go for $20 others for $190.

I don't know about the quality of the stock "glass" on the TM700 but would one of these cheaper wide lenses noticeably degrade picture quality?

I guess basically I'm asking, what are your opinions on these?

$60 for the two



Official Panasonic for $186


Telephoto for $90


I don't know much about camcorder lenses, I can only assume there are not like Canon L series quality.... Would be nice to get a decent Wide-angle lens though...

Thanks for any suggestions as always!
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I bought the "cheap" official Panasonic lens: Panasonic VW-WE08H.

It is smaller and easier to carry but it has to be removed if you want to zoom much.

It works well for me.

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I bought the "cheap" official Panasonic lens: Panasonic VW-WE08H.

It is smaller and easier to carry but it has to be removed if you want to zoom much.

It works well for me.

Bill

Hmmm $92.... You can't zoom much because of physical converter limitations?
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That Vivatar wide angle adapter has very poor (artsy?) performance off centre.

I bought one, and didn't expect much.

I have since bought a SAMYANG 8mm F3.5 lens for my CANON 60D and I am very impressed with its performance. Very sharp edge to edge and with low CA.

Reviews here:
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/526-samyang8f35eos
http://www.lenstip.com/160.1-Lens_re..._Fish-eye.html

Sample still pictures here: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=835464

Sample video here: http://vimeo.com/29921423 (half this clip used the Samyang 8mm)

I also use PTLENS http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/ to 'de-fish' the stills (works great) but have not yet tried to 'de-fish' the video (should be able to do this in AE).

I have yet to see the adapters work well.
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I bought the "cheap" official Panasonic lens: Panasonic VW-WE08H.

It is smaller and easier to carry but it has to be removed if you want to zoom much.

It works well for me.

I have the same lens. It's cheaper because it's not zoomable, which is easy to forget if you're using it in the field. And there is a noticeable amount of barrel distortion. But, if you want a lens _solely_ for wide shots-- where you're not zooming-- it works fine.
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I already posted my video several times, I can do it again All shots in the video below have been made with the Raynox DCR 730 wide angle adapter attached to the camcorder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOMDc7TdAzw

The adapter is 52mm, attached via 46mm-to-52mm step-up ring. It is fully zoom-through.
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Hmmm $92.... You can't zoom much because of physical converter limitations?

I'm not sure, but think it is optical limitations. The lens appears to be a simple piece of glass. Important to me is that it is more compact than any shown in the first post. A clever part is the way it mounts. If you think you are going to use it, you screw a ring on the front. Then, when you need a wider shot, the lens snaps quickly snaps into the ring. You can zoom to about 3x. After that it is a blur.

It comes with a two part plastic case that easily slips into a pocket. If you are being a busy walk around tourist, where you are taking it on and off a lot, you might want a clean plastic bag in your pocket for a temporary and dust free place to put it while you are shooting at high zoom settings.

Is it technically a good lens? I don't know but I like the picture quality on my 55 inch flat screen. It is useful in small rooms with people - like for a granddaughter birthday. It is useful in my son's 19 foot boot where, unless I learn to walk on water, I can't get far enough away to get two people in the shot. And, I enjoyed using it for street scenes in Italy.

Is $90 too much? Everything in photography is too much! Just think how much you save by not buying film and processing. That was too much!

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