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Marty Hudzik November 9th, 2006 12:07 AM


Originally Posted by Steven Glicker
I was just hunting around the Internet and didn't see any WD-H72's in-stock (on the english websites). Where did you find it?

Christine at ZGC told me they got some in. Call her and check on it. I am not sure how many or if they are all already sold but it is worth a try.

Steven Glicker November 9th, 2006 10:24 AM

Thanks Marty. I just talked to Travis at ZGC and he said they had two left, so I ordered one. He also said that they are out of filter kits because of all the A1 sales. (Am I getting caught up in the hysteria??? :-)

Jay Fisk November 22nd, 2006 11:24 PM

Agreed, $400 is a bargain. There was no vignetting evident in the spaghetti video. As the WD-H72 appears to be a quarter-turn twist on lens I'm wondering what the filter options are? It's obviously got larger front glass (unknown size) and in the owner's manual on p154 it shows the WD adaptor with it's own hood. B&H has the clearest photo, they spec it as a .75 but it's engraved with a .8 - In looking at a pic on the watchdog site (thanks Chris!) it looks like internal threads on the base lens PLUS the external bayonet leading me to think the placemant of 72mm filters would be between the XH lens and the WD adaptor vs the front of the wide adaptor. If this is right, it's so wrong. Add that matte box to the shopping list!

Chuck Fadely November 23rd, 2006 08:42 AM

We've got the WD H72 wide angle. It screws in to the camera's 72mm threads; it's not bayonet.

The front friction-fit lens cap says it's 109mm (the outside diameter of the w/a lens). The enormous hood included with the wide angle clamps on.

There are no threads or bayonet on the front of the wide angle lens, so you'd have to use a matte box for filters.

It is marked as .8x. It's a nice, sharp, contrasty zoom-through wide angle, but still has some barrel distortion at the widest.

It is better than our 16x9 Inc. wide lens.


Greg Rothschild November 23rd, 2006 11:13 AM

Were money no object- what's the best wide angle adapter available for the XH-A/G1?

Pete Bauer November 23rd, 2006 12:23 PM

I doubt anyone anywhere has done an objective, complete side-by-side comparison of different wide adapters that would fit this camera, but since Canon developed their new WD-H72 wide angle adapter specifically in conjunction with the XH cameras and early user reports like Chuck's sound pretty good, that's an odds on bet for the best adapter.

Steven Glicker November 23rd, 2006 01:04 PM

ZGC sent my WD H72 promptly (see above) but I've been distracted and have not spent time with it. Below are some quick photos of it (hopefully I'll take some with it soon B^).

The kit includes the WA, two lens caps, a hood and a bag, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0157_WA_KitContents.jpg The bag will hold the lens and hood but the size of the hood makes the fit loose and somewhat unsecure compared to the bag for the GL2's WA (which I used for packing in a backpack).

The kit comes with an sheet of instructions, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0181_WA_Instructions.jpg http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0182_WA_Precautions.jpg http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0180_WA_Specs.jpg http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0184_WA_Diagram.jpg

Here is a closeup of the end that attaches to the camera, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0165_WA_...ideThreads.jpg

Here is a look at the other end, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0161_WA_SideTop.jpg (No filter mount as indicated in the Precautions above).

We've already heard that it obstructs the Quick Focus lens. Here's a look, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0169_WA_...bstruction.jpg

Here is a front view of the WA mounted with the hood, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0188_WA_HoodMounted.jpg and a side shot, http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0195_WA_SideMounted.jpg

The lens cap can be placed on the WA directly or on the hood however mine does not mount as securely as I'd like. http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0191_WA_HoodCapMounted.jpg I scratched up the lens cap (and the hood) because I was not careful enough packing it a backpack.

Jay Fisk November 24th, 2006 04:57 AM

Thanks for the pics and specs - That's' more info on this lens than I've seen on any other site including the OEM.

This is the only clip I've seen so far that demos the before & after of the adaptor:

Don't get misled by the lens on the table with the bayonet, I thought it was the WD-H72 but obviously not.

Yikes, 1.6 lbs of glass. 26mm of wonderfulness. Soon!

Wade Hanchey November 24th, 2006 08:19 AM

Looking at it from the front, what is that in the lower left corner of the lens hood? I'm guessing it's access for lens cap removal??

Steven Glicker November 24th, 2006 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by Jay Fisk
Thanks for the pics and specs - That's' more info on this lens than I've seen on any other site.

I think this site is great.


Originally Posted by Wade Hanchey
Looking at it from the front, what is that in the lower left corner of the lens hood? I'm guessing it's access for lens cap removal??

You're right. There is a screw behind there for fastening the hood. Here is the shot with the hood screw (engaged/tightened), http://www.io.com/~smg/xha1/0215_WA_hoodScrew.jpg

Richard Hunter December 3rd, 2006 01:19 AM

Having bought an A1 today, I followed Bogdan's example and modified my Century Optics 0.7X lens converter to use with the A1. The whole thing took around 15 - 20 mins, and the converter still fits on the XL2. Given the non-existent second-hand market in Singapore, this is great news for me because I would be lucky to get $50 for it if I sold it with my XL2.

Thanks Bogdan for showing the way!


Marty Hudzik December 3rd, 2006 07:52 AM

Just stumbled onto this post. Wow. I modified my 0.6x wide angle adapter and my .7x wa adapter almost 2 years ago to get them to work on the 16x manual lens. I didn't realize how this was viewed as a big deal. Wish I'd have posted it sooner.

Great news though. It makes for a lot more flexibility and saves money too. I never wanted to have to buy 2 adapters for 2 different lenses. Especially when the only difference is a few millimeters of steel on the lens mount!


Bogdan Tyburczy December 3rd, 2006 11:53 AM

It's not as sharp as Canon's adapter corner-to-corner (Chris has posted some impressive examples), but soo wide angle. I'm glad it was so easy to adapt for XH A1 and that it works for you. I'm also glad I didn't sell mine too soon. I will definitely keep it in the arsenal. Cheers!

James Swirsky December 4th, 2006 12:15 PM

Canon Wide Angle Adapter Coming Soon ...?
Over on Xlcinema, there are some pics from a canon event held in NY the other day.

One of the items showcased is a Canon WA adapter for the XH series (though I suppose it'll work on the 72mm XL).

Good to see some accessories rolling out.

Barlow Elton reports:


Holly Rognan December 4th, 2006 12:25 PM

I don't think it will work on the XL-H1, from what I have heard.

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