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Old Jun 26, 2005, 11:46 AM   #1
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I am looking to buy a wide angle converter to use with fz-20. I've found lots of info and comments on wcon-08b, wcon-07, dcr-6600pro and dcr-720 but could hardly find any info and comments on raynox hd-7000pro and dcr-5000 (apart from one Japanese site which has info on hd-7000pro).

Have anyone used these two wide angle converters? I would be interested to know how do they perform (vignetting, zoom range, image quality, sharpness, distortion, etc.)? Are they on par with wcon-08b?

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Old Jun 26, 2005, 12:25 PM   #2
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I am not sure this is an answer but the DCR 730 seems to be much better than the 720.

And a while ago I asked Raynox for o good quality WAlens that will perform good on a FZ10 with no vignetting even with a polarizer attached and they recommended the HD7000
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I have the dcr5000 and have used it with the fz1 and fz5. At .5x, it is close to being a fisheye lens although it doesn't vignett at wa. Itexhibitssevere barrel distortion and soft corners. I don't consider it to be much of a wa lens with either the fz1 or fz5 and would expect it to be even worse with the fz20 although I don't know that. Obviously, the wcon08 is going to give betterimage quality, but at only .8x one wonders whether it is enough wide angle extension to bother with.
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Thanks genece and fmoore.

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I am not sure this is an answer but the DCR 730 seems to be much better than the 720.

And a while ago I asked Raynox for o good quality WAlens that will perform good on a FZ10 with no vignetting even with a polarizer attached and they recommended the HD7000
Do you know any site where I can find more info on dcr-730 apart from raynox site? Do you know if dcr-730 has barrel distortion like dcr-720 does? Does dcr-730 give sharp images?

Do you have any other info on hd-7000pro? How sharp is the image and does it has barrel distortion?

Did raynox recommend hd-7000pro over dcr-730?

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Old Jun 26, 2005, 1:32 PM   #5
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Thanks genece and fmoore.

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I am not sure this is an answer but the DCR 730 seems to be much better than the 720.

And a while ago I asked Raynox for o good quality WAlens that will perform good on a FZ10 with no vignetting even with a polarizer attached and they recommended the HD7000
Do you know any site where I can find more info on dcr-730 apart from raynox site? Do you know if dcr-730 has barrel distortion like dcr-720 does? Does dcr-730 give sharp images?

Do you have any other info on hd-7000pro? How sharp is the image and does it has barrel distortion?

Did raynox recommend hd-7000pro over dcr-730?

Thanks.
The raynox site is the only place I saw the examples and they seemed much sharper than the 720 which I have but do not like.

The distortion seems about the same but I did not think it was bad on the 720.

And I do not believe the DCR730 was out at the time they recommended the HD7000

Email their support ..I found them to be helpfulbut a little slow to respond.
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Old Jun 26, 2005, 1:37 PM   #6
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I did a specification comparison between dcr-730 and hd-7000pro.



dcr-730

- 2-group/2-element hi index glass

- High resolution 375-line/mm



hd-7000pro

- 3-group/3-element high definition design

- High resolution 540-line/mm



What does #-group/#-element mean? Is 3 better than 2?

Is higher #-line/mm better?



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Old Jun 26, 2005, 4:11 PM   #7
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Generally ...I think ...more elements mean a clearer picture



and more lines of resolution mean its sharper



I guess the HD 7000 is better but I kind of got that idea from the price.
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Generally ...I think ...more elements mean a clearer picture



and more lines of resolution mean its sharper



I guess the HD 7000 is better but I kind of got that idea from the price.
Thanks.

To get maximum result, do I need to get raynox adapter to use with hd-7000pro? If I use phayee adapter with step-ring, will the image be degraded e.g. vignetting etc.?
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I would only be guessing but I do not think it would make much difference if you go a thin 62 to 58mm step ring. some are much thinner than others.

Or another option might be to see how close Lovelife is to marketting his adapter.
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I would only be guessing but I do not think it would make much difference if you go a thin 62 to 58mm step ring. some are much thinner than others.

Or another option might be to see how close Lovelife is to marketting his adapter.
Which step-ring brand is the thinnest? Thanks.
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