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Old May 11, 2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default I own a Sony H20, if I buy the Sony VAD-HA adapter does that mean I can use any 58mm?

Well it's a simple question, I'm new to photography and didn't want to invest in a more expensive dSLR right away.

I am reading up on graduated neutral density filters, polarizers, and all the other cool things people use to obtain certain results from their photos.

However, I wanted to know if the lens adapter (VAD-HA) for the H20 would allow me to use any filter/add-on lens as long as the filter/lens has a 58mm diameter.

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Old May 11, 2010, 12:53 AM   #2
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pretty much that is all you will need to use ND filters. G-ND you will need to get the filter adapter that mount to the vad-ha, then insert the filter glass into the filter adapter to the desire position.
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The circular G-ND fliter do not work as well as the insert filters to an adapter. You can not control where the different level of filtering begins on the shot as well with a circle filters. But the colkin are very expensive insert G-ND filters.
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Yeah I feared as much, it would be difficult to control where the transition occurs with a screw on G-ND.

What about actual lenses though? Does this mean I can buy any add-on lens as long as it's 58mm in diameter?
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You can add TC lenses to give it more zoom range, or macro lenses to give it better macro ability. So the adapter will give you allot more ability to you fix lens camera. It is worth getting you want to expand into macro or need more range.
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The screw on graduated neutral density filters rotate in the same way that circular polarizing filters do, so you can position the transition at any angle you want.

And, btw, 58mm is a common filter diameter, so when you do graduate to a dSLR, you can continue to use those filters.

FYI, see http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/h...y-filters.html
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This is going to sound very stupid but ...

Are you saying I don't have to necessarily buy Sony branded add on lenses? And that the adapter is merely an add on that lets me use any 58mm diameter filter or lens (since it's apparently a standard)
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yes you do not need sony lenses, there are other brands you can use also.
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It's not necessarily a standard, but it is more common that some other sizes.
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Old May 12, 2010, 12:58 AM   #10
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Well that's great news guys ... I'm looking at the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8.

One thing I forgot though ... I have a H20 which has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 ... Regardless of how wide my add on lens is .. I cannot get shallower depth of field with an add on lens with a wider aperture.

Bah photography is such an expensive thing to get into ... Goodness.
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