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VINE VOICEon March 18, 2011
Love this product!! I just wish I had known about it earlier :)

1. Easy to apply
2. East to use
3. Gives you much needed wide angle shots
4. Magnetic strips work well
5. Even comes with lens covers and a small bag

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on December 20, 2010
Purchased this add-on wide angle lens to use in filming interior of real estate properties. The lens attachment, a steel ring that adheres to the front of the Flip Ultra lens area with self-stick adhesive, does not detract from the appearance of the camera. The lens appears to stay on well, though I haven't tried to jar the camera with the wide angle lens held on magnetically. In "normal" use, I don't think there would be any problem with it coming off.

My greatest disappointment was with the quality of the picture when using the lens. Without the lens, the Flip Ultra (3rd generation)Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL takes wonderfully sharp HD video. With the wide-angle lens, the picture seems a bit blurred, a bit like filming through a bit of haze. The picture, though encompassing a wider view, is just a bit fuzzier, not as sharp. Though for my purposes the image is not unusable, it is still disappointing to have an HD picture that isn't sharp.

If you need a wider field of view, and if a loss of sharpness isn't a huge concern, this lens will do the job. But if you are only satisfied with perfectly sharp video, you may be a little disappointed with the results using this lens.
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on February 16, 2011
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The Flip camera delivers HD video at a consumer-level price, but up till now, there have been no lenses available for the Flip. Enter the Bower 0.45x Wide Angle Magnetic Lens for Flip Cameras. It attaches magnetically to the Flip, and as you'll see in this video, it really improves the composition of shots, both at close range (2 to 3 feet from your subject), and at a distance.

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on October 26, 2011
If you are even thinking about getting this lens, I tell you now that it is worth every penny.

To my estimation, this is a quality lens built with the customer's needs in mind. This item comes with the .45x wide angle magnetic lens, which is crystal clear and greatly improves the amount of information the camera is able to capture. It also comes with two lens covers--one for the front of the lens and one for the back of it when not in use,--a leash which can be used to keep the lens attached to the flip camera even when not in use, a carrying pouch, and 3 adhesive rings (meaning you could share the lens between 3 cameras if you wanted to). However, the most unexpected addition to this fantastic little bundle is that the lens, which is actually composed of two lenses working together, can be unscrewed so that just the smaller of the two lenses is in use. The best part about this is that the smaller lens is itself a macro lens, which enables you to shoot objects very close to the lens in very high detail. It's absolutely amazing! So with just this lens, you can shoot even more of the objects which are far away, and you can shoot objects much closer than otherwise possible and in great detail. Really, what more could you want?

This is really such a fantastic product. The application was very easy (I used tweezers to delicately place, and then nudge, the magnetic metal ring to the perfect placement, since my fingers were too big and clumsy). I can't recommend this product enough. This one lens has turned a good video camera into the perfect video camera. According to the packaging, this fits the Ultra, Ultra HD, Mino, Mino HD, and Slide HD video cameras. I have the Mino HD and it fits perfectly.

I know that other people have mentioned that it's not the most secure setup, having the lens attach magnetically. Sure, if you jerked the camera forcefully it would fall off, but I think that the lens would be perfectly secure as long as you didn't, say, strap the camera to your helmet and film yourself skiing down a mountain or off-road dirt biking. For those extreme situations, I'd recommend taking the lens off, or at the very least making sure that the leash is attached so that, if it does fall off, it won't be lost to nature.

The video was recorded by me, and it shows all the components included and the difference between the .45x lens, the macro lens, and no lens.
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on October 25, 2010
This lens is everything advertised. It just "looks" bigger in the picture. It is a wide angle, so gives you a larger scope. I would like another lens that improves the macro. I LOVE the Flip. I carry it with me all the time. This item improves an already great item.
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on January 19, 2011
The lens is well made and attaches to the camera easily. But I was dissapointed with the picture quality. It really deteriorated when the lens was attached. It does give you a wider field of view - but in the end I decided to return the item. I bought my Flip for the HD picture and agree with another reviewer that the picture seems a bit hazy with this lens.
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on October 31, 2010
The lens is absolutely amazing! Its gives you the ability to shoot a much wider shot which helps you have those images and angles you weren't able to have before. Great quality product at a great price. Nice job Bower!
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on November 20, 2010
This lens is great and makes the Flip more useful. It is easy to install and comes with lens covers, which are nice to have. It doesn't stay on as tightly as I imagined it would (it will not stay on in a bag), but that isn't an issue. It comes with magnets for up to three cameras, so it is not an item you can purchase and use on an army of Flips (say at a school or business where you may have an army).
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on July 25, 2011
Hi, I bought the bower .45 wide angle lens for my FLIP Generation 3 8GB camera. It is a great camera, but without the lens, you feel very limited. let me just say first off, It comes with 3 Magnetic rings, Which Hold Firm, Have never had it fall off, snaps on tightly. It having those extra 2 rings is nice, allows you to have some freedom with it, experimenting on any camera you can get the rings to fit on, i have a ring rigged up to my web cam, which is AWESOME, its universal.

The process of applying the ring to the flip is SIMPLE, take my word on that. you just peel off the backing of the ring, and place the ring on your flip's lens and you're good. i was pleased with how well it blends in, it doesn't look out of place at all. But once the ring was on the cam, I put on the Lens leash took of the lens caps, and snapped it on. Instantly you can see the difference, you don't feel like you have to hold the camera into your chest just to get the right shots you want.

The quality, I will admit, does drop a little with the bower .45 wide angle lens. You'll notice once you upload video that around the edges, it wont be as sharp as before. Which, in my opinion, is a sacrifice i'm willing to make for 60 FPS wide angle video. Also up close video is A LOT better, you can read text. If you really want to see up close, you can unscrew the Wide angle part of the lens, and use the MACRO part of the lens. Once with only the macro on, you can bring the camera about two inches away from something and have it fully focus in allowing you to get some cool looking footage. Like imagine if you seen a mutant bug on the ground, you could get some awesome up close video, and possibly get rich and live the life of luxury, Simply, because you bought this lens. really though, No regrets, Pick it up, its only 30 bucks, The flip and the Bower .45 wide angle lens are an epic combo, Get it now, before the price jumps up!

- Scott "TheGammaGhost" K.
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on December 11, 2010
Lens completes the Flip UltraHD. Should have come as an accessory. Only downside is it's only held on by a small magnetic strip. Shifts around a little and can fall off, depending what you are using the Camera for.
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