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Sverker Hahn
Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:11:32 am

Finding that max telephoto of EX1 does not give the superior quality that I find in the rest of the zoom range, I am beginning to explore the possibilities and cost of the EX3. (The zoom range is not that big anyway.)

a) Where do I find lenses that fits directly to the EX3?

b) Are there Nikon adaptors available?

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Michael Palmer
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 14, 2008 at 4:19:43 pm

Using the supplied 1/2 lens adapter can open the door the plenty of options.
http://www.vimeo.com/1535802?pg=embed&sec=1535802
Another option is the Fujinon 2/3 lens adapter
http://www.abelcine.com/store/product.php?productid=1001137




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Sverker Hahn
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:28:31 pm

Thanks, Michael,

But these expensive PRO-zooms are not for me. Adding a 135mm and 200mm Nikon still lens will be enough. In fact, I have an old Nikkor 5.6/400mm, but I think it will be way too long for practical work(?).

So, a Nikon mount is probably what I need.

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Tom David
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 1:50:01 am

I am sure that to start to source adequate alternate lens for EX3 (and all lens for these 'inter-changeable' lens cameras, you are looking at $10,000+ for decent quality products.

Try looking at lens adaptors (like Letus etc) that will allow you to place your 400mm Nikon lens in front of your EX1/3w without removing any lens.

Cheers,
Tom

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Sverker Hahn
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 8:34:36 am

Tom, is that so? When reading about the Red camera, a lot of people are really using still lenses from Nikon, Canon and Leica with good results. And they do not necessarily cost as much as $10.000.

If cost wasn´t an issue, I would go for something like you suggest.


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Tom David
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:17:16 am

Absolutely - stills lens are certainly cheaper than HD video lens (and I was refering to the HD video lens as the $10,000+ options). Your lens quality will vary though with price range and brand.

Its the purchasing of (again expensive) lens adaptors (like P+S, or Letus) that allow you to fit your existing SLR prime lens to EX1/3s and Reds. I guess my point was, if the EX1/3 lens doesn't suit what you need re long zoom, it will generally be an expensive option to improve on it (ie, using the expensive HD video lens).

Certainly SLR primes might do a good job - but be aware that their is a big difference between a cheap prime and an expensive one - though if you have a lens you love already - you're half way there - you just need to figure out which adaptor you need to fit it!

Cheers,
Tom

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Tom David
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:19:22 am

...I guess my point was, if you've got the eye to spot when the EX1/3 lens is unsatisfactory, you'll probably only be happy with the expensive lens and adaptors. Good luck!

Cheers,
Tom

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Michael Palmer
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 12:51:42 pm

The Red has one large single sensor opposed the EX series that has 3-sensors. The lenses are different and you may not have good results using a 35mm lens for a video camera that has 3-sensors.

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Michael Palmer


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Sverker Hahn
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 1:40:01 pm

OK, perhaps it is not good to make the comparison with the Red.

The problem with the Fujinon lens is the resolution in max telephoto. Even when using iris 6.7 or 8 resolution in the edge of the pic is poor. In the centre it is very good.

And when I bought the camera, wildlife was not essential. But now it seems that customers want more wildlife than I expected. So good telephoto is important.

I will soon send the camera for upgrading of firmware and the battery drain issue. I will point out the poor edge resolution when doing that and see if it is of any good.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Bo Skelmose
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:20:37 pm

Hi
Check the under water - over land forum http://www.dvinfo.net//conf/forumdisplay.php?f=111 where we have discussed the EX3 for wildlife...
And the great nikon adapter for EX3



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Bo Skelmose
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:22:28 pm

Sorry forgot the link
http://www.dvinfo.net//conf/forumdisplay.php?f=111



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Sverker Hahn
Re: Wildlife with EX3
on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:38:13 am

Thanks, Bo,

I just thought that there must be such an adaptor.



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