37mm Lenses

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Rehan, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. Rehan

    Rehan Guest

    Hi all,

    I have recently got a Sony PC330 Digicam. I was after a wide angle and
    Telephoto lens for the camera. I have tried a couple of them from Jessops
    and Sony Centre. Both types (Raynox and standard Sony) I didn't feel gave
    me optimum quality. So much so that my old wide angle lens from my 15 year
    old camcorder if of better quality!

    I have seen that Sony sell High Grade versions of the lenses (0.7 and 2x),
    but haven't found anyone (yet) that can demo it to me. All I know that it's
    big and expensive!

    Would anyone be able to let me know if the High Grade lenses are worth the
    expense and size/weight please? Would there be any manufacturer of lense
    that you would recommend as an alternative to the Sony brand? I may keep my
    old Sony 0.7x as that is good enough for wide, but I was looking into
    getting the 2x or even a 3x if something like that exists of good quality.

    I was also looking at a fisheye lens (again Raynox @ Jessops) which is a
    clip-on type. Are these any good? Another thing would be a cheap online
    supplier! :)

    Rehan, Oct 30, 2003
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  2. Rehan

    Esmond Guest

    The Sony HG lenses are very good - I have the 2x teleconverter (vcl-hg2037).
    A bit weighty at 225g but well worth it with very little distortion at max
    It will be cheaper to buy from US. B&H photovideo in NYC exported mine.


    Esmond, Oct 31, 2003
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <wugob.625$>, Rehan


    I went through this loop about a year ago, and went to a large Jessops
    and tried a few WA lenses on my own camcorder then went away and looked
    at the results.

    I should perhaps question the wisdom of getting a telephoto attachment.
    With any camcorder, you do really need a tripod for use at any degree of
    zoom that is provided without attachments. Put a tele multiplier on and
    you'll need a massively solid tripod with a brick suspended from the
    centre-column to get a tremor-free shot (even with "steadyshot").

    I've got a friend who bought the Sony HG tele BTW, and every shot he's
    taken with it has the shakes - even with steadyshot and a Pyser 560
    True. But I went for the SonyVXL-HG0737X - expensive but I believe I
    made the best choice.

    Cheaper WA lenses lose focus across the field-of-view - you can get the
    centre in focus but then the edges are out of focus. You'll also get
    some barrel-distortion.

    Even my VXL-HG loses a bit of focus at the edges if the camcorder is set
    to very high zoom levels - but when you think about it, with the
    resulting field of view you shouldn't be using the WA attachment anyway.
    Depends on what you use your camcorder for. If you're shooting
    architecture then yes. When I'm abroad on holiday on trips, the WA
    rarely comes off my camcorder.

    Tony Morgan, Oct 31, 2003
  4. Rehan

    Rehan Guest


    Thanks both for your good advice... Looks like the VCLHG2037X 2x lens is
    good for me then.. I see that the going price for one of these is £169. I
    have seen it here for £139

    Would you say that is a good price for this lens?

    .... but then again, I have a friend in NY who I may persuade to visit B&H
    (Thanks for the tip!)... as he may be due back here in a couple of weeks...
    so I have just given him a list of a few things to get for me... :)

    Thanks again,
    Rehan, Nov 1, 2003
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