Crossroads

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mhh
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Hi,

This short film started out as an excuse to test the 35mm adaptor and Nikon lens I had just bought for my Canon HV20. I only meant to play around and shoot some footage, but somehow I was inspired to turn my first few hours of usage into a narrative about life. I hope you like it.

http://vimeo.com/2181701?pg=transcoded_embed&sec=2181701

mhh
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Joined: Apr 7 2006

I've just noticed the Fradley Junction thread (I can't watch it yet because I'm at work, but I will later). For anyone interested, this was also shot at Fradley Junction.

harrier
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hi I see your from Lichfield, my home town. I was staying there over xmas. lovely place.
Good to see fradley appearing again, its an interesting place.
Enjoyed the film, my only comments would be the camera shake was slightly distracting.
Thought the voice over was done well.
Thanks for sharing John.

Bob Aldis
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Joined: Mar 7 2001

Very nice.

I have a Canon HV30 and am puzzled by the 35mm adaptor. Is this something that fits on the front of the lens? What does it do? I have wide angle lens that fits on the front and as it says gives a wider view. I can see that it must give more control over DOF but what does it do and where does it fit?

Bob Aldis

tom hardwick
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Bob, this 35mm adapter allows you to use lenses designed for 35 mm SLRs on the front of your camcorder. What happens in essence is that the 100mm lens (say) projects its image of the world onto a translucent surface and your camcorder re-films this little screen surface.

See what's happening? You get the dof control of a long lens at the expense of some light loss and considerable bulk. The translucent screen either has to vibrate or rotate (so is motor driven) so that its surface grain doesn't impinge on your image. Your v'finder image will be inverted unless you monitor on one that can flip the image or your 35 mm converter has this built in.

There are cons as you can see, but the pros are the beautiful effects that can be obtained. I feel the device's days are numbered with the arrival of Canon's 5D Mk2 and such like, but even so it's very popular simply because of the wonderful images that you can extract from what's primarily a 1"/3 chipped diddi-cam.

tom.

Bob Aldis
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Joined: Mar 7 2001

Thanks Tom. Lost all my old 35mm Canon lens years ago so won't be experimenting with that. Nice idea though.

Bob Aldis

tom hardwick
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There's a film here shot on the Canon XH-A1 with a 35 mm adapter. Nicely shows how dof control forces you to watch certain parts of the frame. http://vimeo.com/2745809