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Mark Chiocchi December 15th, 2001 11:51 AM

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?


Chris Hurd December 15th, 2001 12:51 PM

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.

Mark Chiocchi December 15th, 2001 01:23 PM

Chris thats great to here :)

I will gp with the Canon.
Thanks for your help.


Mark Chiocchi December 15th, 2001 10:11 PM


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.


Let me know what you think.

Thanks Mark

Chris Hurd December 16th, 2001 12:07 AM


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.

Mark Chiocchi December 16th, 2001 12:37 AM


Dose the Canon WD-58 have a full zoom?


Mark Chiocchi December 16th, 2001 03:36 PM


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


Chris Hurd December 16th, 2001 07:30 PM

No problem -- I think you'll find it does have full zoom.

Mark Chiocchi December 16th, 2001 07:56 PM

Chris is there a lens shade for the WD-58?


vuduproman December 28th, 2001 12:38 PM

Canon WA Lens converter for XL1s?
Is there a similar product you can recommend for the XL1s?

normbaits July 21st, 2002 11:05 PM

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.

Frank Granovski July 22nd, 2002 01:23 AM

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.

normbaits July 22nd, 2002 01:56 PM

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.

Chris Hurd July 22nd, 2002 03:05 PM

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.

normbaits July 22nd, 2002 04:07 PM

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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