16x9 Inc. introduces the EX 1.5X, a top-of-the-line Tele Converter designed to enhance the performance of popular compact HD camcorders, including the Sony HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7. The latest in the 16x9 Inc. EX Collection of HD-quality lens accessories, the 1.5X simply threads onto the front of the camera lens, adding 1.5X magnification, moving the focal range in the telephoto direction.
When teamed with the HVR-V1U's internal 1.5X digital extender, the EX 1.5X combines to produce a full 2.25X telephoto effect. The original camera lens focal length of 3.9-78mm shifts to 14-175mm, or the equivalent of a 35mm still lens with a range of 135-1683mm. The new 16x9 Inc. attachment also offers significant zoom-through ability. When used with the internal extender, the Tele Converter lets operators zoom nearly 12.5X before vignetting.
This lightweight (21 oz.), and compact (68mm long) production tool mounts to the front of the HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7 lens via an easy to use 72-62mm step-down ring (included at no charge). The Tele Converter's 72mm screw-in rear threads allow it to work equally well with Sony HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1, Canon XH A1, XH G1, XL H1 and XL2, as well as Panasonic DVX100B camcorders. For professional shading solutions, the unit comes complete with a lightweight, round hood. The EX 1.5X lens front is threaded to accept either the complimentary hood, 86mm glass filters - or a combination of filter with the hood front-mounted for even greater light control.
The 16x9 Inc. EX Collection is engineered and built in Japan for optimum optical performance. The 1.5X features an innovative, technically advanced design employing an elegant assembly of five multi-coated elements. Low dispersion glass reduces chromatic aberrations and provides professional images with exceptional crispness and clarity. Suggested U.S. price is $875.