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Old Saturday 15th September 2012, 18:31   #1
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which Teleconverter?

Hi all can anyone recommend a good teleconverter for a
Panasonic HDC SD900
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Old Sunday 16th September 2012, 10:58   #2
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This response is in support of your question and I will be interested if you get a useful answer as it will help me.

I see you have done the rounds with this question, unfortunately you have hit upon the reason I moved to Sony as their video cameras were far more amenable to handling lens convertors and had a far greater range of useful accessories in the shops at the time - underwater housings etc. The IR night filming feature was excellent too. I do own a TM700 which is very similar to your camera and is an excellent unit so I am not against Panasonic - just frustrated.

The circa 1000 bracket video cameras seem to have been driven by the marketing department to provide the best images for the family man, which has seen a cut back at the tele end and a gain at the wide end with a bigger front element necessary for 3D as well, which means that my video teleconvertor will not be any use on a Pany.

My Sonys have a menu item to apply corrections for tele and wide angle convertors - Panasonic do not. I havn't the latest Sony so I hope they havn't ditched this useful facility.

I prefer the superb Panasonic images but its lack of flexibility does mean that it gets little use. N.B. The Sony convertor stretches to 1.7x and I use an older HD camera (before they gave up tele length for the wide end which is useful for family snaps)that gives me roughly a 35mm equivalent 0f 880 mm.

I have a cheap Sony SD video camera, bought a few years ago which has a massive 60x optical zoom that gives me a reach that would cost thousands in HD. (40mm - 2,400 mm in optical) Emergency digital zoom 2000x - never tried it! BTW a tripod is vital and yes the quality is definitely not HD (but better than nothing). Picking one of these up cheaply may be a short term answer - beware some SD Pannys - they record in a strange 16:9 format that reverts to a compressed 4:3 image on Windows media player etc. - not pretty.

Best of luck and I am watching your thread(s) with interest.

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