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Old December 15th, 2001, 11:51 AM   #1
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Wide Angle Lens Converter for GL / XM

Hi all,

Whats' a better Wide Angle Lens Converter for the GL1?

The Canon Wide Angle Adapter WD-58 or the Century Optics .65X Wide Converter. And why?

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Old December 15th, 2001, 12:51 PM   #2
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I prefer the Canon. It's less expensive than the Century, and performs better. Adam Wilt said in his review of the Century in the current issue of DV Magazine, that the Century vignettes and distorts a little bit at full wide. The Canon doesn't have that problem... lines are straight at the edges of the frame; it's a great piece of glass for less than $200. In my opinion it's one of the top GL1 accessories.
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Old December 15th, 2001, 01:23 PM   #3
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Chris thats great to here :)

I will gp with the Canon.
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Old December 15th, 2001, 10:11 PM   #4
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Chris.

Have you seen the Kenko .65x Pro Wide Angle Lens - for Canon GL-1 (Bayonet Mount)

What do you think of it and do you think a (Bayonet Mount) would be better then a WD-58 scew on.

Its about the same price.

B&H has it on the site. but they don't have any info about it.

http://www01.bhphotovideo.com/default.sph/FrameWork.class?FNC=ProductActivator__Aproductlist_html___240254___KEKRW065CB___REG___CatID=0___SID= EB0376C2210

ebay has more info at this link.

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1308667249

Let me know what you think.

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Old December 16th, 2001, 12:07 AM   #5
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Mark,

I have never used it. I prefer the screw-on to the bayonet mount... seems more secure to me. If I were in your shoes I'd go for the Canon... just my opinion though.
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Old December 16th, 2001, 12:37 AM   #6
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Dose the Canon WD-58 have a full zoom?

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Old December 16th, 2001, 03:36 PM   #7
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Chris.

I just got the WD-58 for the GL1 what a great lens. Thanks for helping me out and saving me $250 bucks.

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Old December 16th, 2001, 07:30 PM   #8
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No problem -- I think you'll find it does have full zoom.
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Old December 16th, 2001, 07:56 PM   #9
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Chris is there a lens shade for the WD-58?

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Old December 28th, 2001, 12:38 PM   #10
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Canon WA Lens converter for XL1s?

Is there a similar product you can recommend for the XL1s?
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 12:05 AM   #11
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UV filter for wide angle

I was wondering what options i would have to protect a wide angle lens adapted. The two i am looking at are from century optics, the .55x and .65x models for use on the GL2. I plan on shooting with it on most of the time. Any help would be great.
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 02:23 AM   #12
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A UV filter is just fine for screwing on to the front of a wide angle adaptor to protect the adaptor (the adaptor already protects the cam's lens). But..., make sure the adaptor comes with filter threads. Be careful, some Century adaptors do not have filter threads.
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 02:56 PM   #13
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Thanks Frank I wasn't sure if one would be able to see the UV filter at the edges of the frame. But my only problem is I can't find out if the Century Optic lenses I am looking at have a filter thread of their own. I cant really discern it from the pictures and they dont provide any info about it in their specs. Where else would there might be more indepth resources for these lense attachments. Thanks for all the help.
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 04:05 PM   #14
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I'm pretty sure Century Optics will be showing at VideoMaker Expo this week. I'll make it a point to walk over and find out.
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Old July 22nd, 2002, 05:07 PM   #15
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Awesome, thanks Chris. I love this forum, I found it a couple days ago and I have fallen in love. The layout and interface is perfect. A real refresher after lurking around the new DV.com website.
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