Here's a couple of things I did with my HV20/40s. They now have the Canon WD-H43 wide angle convertors fitted which I don't take off.
But the problem is, these convertors don't have any front threads and imo lens hoods are definitely essential .. all the time.
So I just use my left hand with my fingers held flat at the front as the hood and my left thumb underneath the front, supporting the H43.
I can shoot a low level sunset and raise my hood (fingers) as I zoom out. This also steadies the cam helping with image stabilisation.
As the HV cams are being discontinued you might find the WD-H43 at low prices.
Also, to stop all wind in the on camera mic, I fitted a foam mic pop filter flattened down right on top of the mic. Keep it in position with an elastic hair ring fitted right around the HV cam. It stops all wind short of a cyclone without any audio loss. I also keep these on all the time. Hope this helps
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04-03-2012 05:24 PM35yrs with our own a/v production company and studios.
04-04-2012 06:31 AM
And it has a front thread to which I attach my Bellows Shade/filter holder.
04-04-2012 06:39 AM
Or, you can tape a small piece of thin cardboard around the lens. But if what your doing works, by all means continue to do what you're doing.
04-04-2012 08:17 AM
If I remember right, you can get the xha1 lens hood and it will stay on the lens with friction/double sided tape