Originally Posted by jasonbourne81
I am new to this I want to know which lens gives you a great zoom and a very wide shot? So far from Videos I see the 0.3x raynox hd 3032, 37mm thread as best. But I am not sure if the sample footage was showing zoom or just wide shot.
I'm using a kenko sgw-05 that is working good for me. There's just a bit of vignetting at the widest shot, but just a touch of the zoom and it is gone. I also stack it either over a UV filter or a 37mm-37mm adapter (not sure if I will use the adapter, but if I'm constantly changing out the lens and filters, I will probably keep it on as to not add wear and tear to the camcorder's threads. If you're okay with having a step up adapter, i read somewhere that using say a 37 -say 43mm step up and 43mm lens is better b/c you get the light travelling through more of the center of the lens. Drawback is additional weight on the front of the camcorder.
Regarding software, I'm completely overwhelmed by the software out there. Just to make sure I've got the basics:
1) If I just wanted to show the clips I have, the best way is to either a) plug the HF100 to my HDTV or b) if I had a PS3 or HDTV with SD slot, i could just pop in the SD card.
2) If I wanted to share the footage via DVD, Pixela will downgrade the HD image to SD and burn onto a DVD-R that will play in all DVD players. What's the quality like?
3) If I want to edit native AVCHD, Pixela does that, but other programs like Vegas or Premiere 7 will convert the file before I can edit and ultimately burn onto DVD (but the loss in quality is minimal on the conversion)
4) Currently, my sole use for the HF100 is to film my twins (when the arrive anyday now), family outtings, maybe my hockey games. So #1 and #2 are probably my primary functions. As I learn to use the camcorder, I may dabble at #3.
5) Lastly, to view the video in say windows media player, I'd just convert the mts to mpg right?
Thanks in advance for those that can give me feedback on my situations.