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Bob Villa
EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 24, 2008 at 2:42:48 pm

I am thinking about getting the Red Eye wide angle lens . . . I know that it is not zoom thru.
Does anyone have experience with this lens and can offer a review?
Thanks
Bob


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Don Greening
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 24, 2008 at 6:58:13 pm

If you go to the Red Eye website there's a link to a review at Studio Daily. The reviewer's overall opinion is that the Red Eye's strength is being able to quickly get a zoomless wide shot by screwing on a W/A adapter that's barely bigger than a filter.

http://www.studiodaily.com/main/technology/pvr/7289.html

The Red Eye was designed by a Canadian cameraman, so it has to be good. (g)

- Don


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Bob Villa
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 24, 2008 at 7:14:21 pm

I had not seen that, thanks Don.
Bob



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Denis O'Keefe
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 24, 2008 at 8:19:20 pm

I had a redeye that I used with my Z1u, and sold it several months ago. It worked as advertised -- you put in on and put the lens into auto focus/ macro and it focused on the back of the element. Yo do have to be careful about every speck of dust, they will show up.
Because f the plastic threads on the Z1u it was sometimes finicky to mount, but the lens element and ring seemed to be pretty robust.



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Derek Hall
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 25, 2008 at 9:58:17 am

Have you considered the Century Optics W/A adapter? I'm using the 0.75 zoom-thru adapter and find it excellent.
It does weigh 1kg (2.2lbs) and if you're using a matte box you need to make sure the frame is clear when at the widest, but it's the best of the three options I've tried.


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Don Greening
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 25, 2008 at 5:11:41 pm

[Derek Hall] "'m using the 0.75 zoom-thru adapter and find it excellent. "

I thought they were recalled due to focusing issues. Derek, you don't have a problem getting focus at the edges of the frame?

- Don



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Derek Hall
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:52:22 pm

Don, thanks for the heads-up. We haven't noticed any frame-edge focusing issues (yet) and my supplier hasn't mentioned a recall (yet).
However I'll do a test and also contact Century Optics to see what the deal is. I'll post again if I find something to report, and let you know what the test yields. Cheers, Derek


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Don Greening
Re: EX1 Wide Angle
on Jul 26, 2008 at 1:32:51 am

[Derek Hall] "We haven't noticed any frame-edge focusing issues (yet) and my supplier hasn't mentioned a recall (yet). "

The recall for the .75 W/A adapter was announced by Century/Schneider on May 16th. They had so many complaints from users about not being able to get whole frame in focus that Schneider pulled them off the market. I had one on order myself but it never arrived before the recall.

More info here:

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/142/858479#858671

- Don



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