Originally Posted by lurewars
Hey ya'll, haven't dropped by in a little while. Just wanted to report that I've ordered a wide angle lenz for my HF200 and it should be here in a day or two. Some of you may laugh when I tell you which one I ordered but I went with the cheapest of the cheap
The Zeikos ZE-WA37S 37mm 0.45X Wide Angle Lens. It's costing me a whopping $9.75 plus $6.68 shipping and handling for a grand total of $16.43.
Now you might be asking yourself why I went with such a cheap lens. The answer is because of all the lens's I've researched from this Zeikos to some like Raynox that cost upwards of $100.00, the reviews all pretty much say the same thing... And that is the lenz looks good zoomed all the way out but then gets distorted when you zoom in. The only exceptions to this seems to be the Canon wide angle lenses that cost between $160.00 and $260.00. And even then there seems to be alot of disappointed people, when it comes to zooming.
I will give you all a fair and no punches pulled review on this lens after I test it a little while. Because I'm sure there must be other people out there wondering if a cheap lens like this can be of any real use. See ya'll later...
Sorry all. I forgot my "in-depth" review. Let me make this quick and painless and to the point. So if anyone even cares, here we go; Don't buy this POS lenz. For starters, this lenz has a Macro attachment that threads to it, and then attaches to the camcorder lens. The wide angle lenz itself, will not thread to your camcorder, you must attach the macro first. So having this macro attached cuts back on your wide angle and makes it about a .70 instead of the advertised .45. And then there's the Vignetting. When zoomed out to the widest angle, you will immediately notice when rewatching the footage, that there are 4 black corners where the lenz is showing up in the footage. You won't notice it when recording or watching footage on the HF200's screen, So you will have plenty of chance like I did to ruin all kinds of footage and then watch in horror as you see the black tube very noticeably displaying on your screen. So the only way to get rid of the black edges in your picture is to zoom a little ways forward every time before recording. So once again, first the Macro attachment cuts about half your wide angle lenz, and now you have to zoom in a ways to lose the black edges, effectively eliminating pretty much any wide angle effect of this lens, so now your just shooting through a really cheap piece of glass for the heck of it.
Now I had the super idea to have my dad help me shear off the outside edge of the lenz. To elliminate the black edges of the lenz that were getting picked up on the recordings of the video. Makes sense right? Well, we grinded the edge completely off. I was then excited to see my newly shot footage that would not have the outside dark edges. NOPE!! Edges were still there, that communicated to me that the dark edges were coming from inside the lenz, had nothing to do with picking up the outside edges. Now in all the grinding, we accidently scrathed the front glass, Oh well, the lens is a complete peice of junk that does more harm to your footage than good. Into the garbage it went. Good riddance.
Now if any of you know of any decent wide-angle lenz at a decent price, please let me know, I'm still looking...