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Old August 1st, 2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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Century Optics lens question

Hi,
I've been considering buying this wide angle lens for my XL2: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=194448&is=REG

It's a Century Precision Optics VS-06WA-XL2 0.6X Wide Angle Adapter Lens. This is new to me, so if anyone could answer a few questions I have I'd really appreciate it:

1. I had a cheap wide angle lens before and there was a ring around the image that I had to zoom past to get rid of. Will I have the same problem with this one?
2. What is the 'bayonet mount'?

Thanks.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 05:46 PM   #2
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Hi Joe,
This lens adapter will not work with the 20x lens. The bayonet mounts like the lens hood on the front of the lens. I don't think there is clearance enough on this adapter, resulting in glass touching glass. It will however work with the 16X lens. I think you would be better off with the 3X wide angle lens,
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 02:36 AM   #3
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I would have to disagree. I have an XL2 and have a "Century Optics Pro Series .6X Wide Angle Adapter Mk2". It has no problems mounting to my XL2 and works well until zooming past 1/4 to 1/3 where auto-focus gets really inaccurate and really really slow. There is a bit of CA near the edges but it is mostly unnoticeable and can be corrected for in post if really needed.

I would recommend it.

Just be sure that you check with B&H that the one they sell will work with the XL2 before you order.

P.S. I would agree that the 3x wide angle from Canon would be far superior, but the price is not. I find the Century Optics works well enough with some careful use.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 01:49 AM   #4
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FYI, I just dug out my box for the adapter and the part number from Century Optics is: 0VS-06WA-XL2
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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:16 PM   #5
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Century Optics Wide-Angle Lens OHD 06WA XLH...

The Century Optics wide-angle lens OHD 06WA XLH (0.6) was recommended to me.

Has anyone done a side-by-side comparison of the most popular w/a lens available for the Canon XHA1? (the Canon .8, 16X9, Inc., etc.)

Any related reviews posted anywhere?

Who has the best prices?

Thank you all in advance for your replies.

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