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Perhaps the first thing to say about the Sony VCL-HG0730 lens is that for the price you might expect just a little bit more. Yes, it is one of the only lenses of its type that guarantees high definition results, but in my opinion that is not sufficient for the £110+ price tag. It's compatible with Handycams that have a 30mm lens diameter, and if you own one of these models there isn't a great range of lenses of this type to choose from (one I have found though, is the wide angle Sony VCL-HGE08). From my own perspective however, I found this lens to be more than sufficient for my needs, not being a professional photographer.
What could you use this model for? Well, I have used it in the past for experimenting with scenes, mainly. Given its HD capabilities this lens is ideal for capturing the subtle nuances of sunlight touching hillsides and so on at the end of the day. The sliding shades are almost liquid, and if you train the camera on the same scene for any length of time you can later view the dreamy colours blending seamlessly together as though you were still there. This is an expensive bit of kit to take on holiday, but if you do take it on any trips - particularly those where you are likely to encounter stunning panoramas - the risk of transporting the lens may well be worth it when you play your films back. One of the reasons I have mentioned sun down as an ideal time to use the lens is that its sensitivity can on occasion be such that it can generate a bit of a glare when the sun is at its peak. Another situation I've used the lens in successfully is at family gatherings and parties. If you have a large room filled with many guests you can film a lot of the happenings without panning around too much.
The only real downside, particularly if you are brave enough to take the lens on trips with you, is its bulk. It weighs around 140g and is fairly sizable, and for me this can mean there is more to break! Once you've used this lens once though, you'll likely be hooked on experimenting with it - street scenes, buildings, people, anything goes. Just remember to treat it with care.
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