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Canon WD-H43 0.7x Wide Angle Converter for HV Camcorders
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2008
Amateur filmmakers who've puchased the Canon HV20 should seriously look into getting this lens as an accessory: once you start shooting with it you'll never want to take it off! Unlike cheaper wide-angle lenses, the WD-H43 doesn't cause blurry edges. Some complain you can't attach a lens hood to the WD-H43, which shows how little they know about their HV20 (its built-in CMOS sensor is designed to eliminate the need for a lens hood). Several reviews complain about the weight of the lens - I for one am happy about the added pounds as the HV20 is frighteningly light otherwise. I've found my shots are not only more cinematic-looking with the WD-H43 lens but the additional weight makes for smoother footage & handling. You feel like you've got a 'real' movie camera, it's very cool.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2007
It is a bit larger and heavier than other wide angle converters I have used. On the other hand, the results are better than other converters I have used. For me, the added bulk is a fair trade off.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2007
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On my old video camera I had the wide angle lens, telephoto lens, and an external microphone. The one accessory I used the most was the wide angle lens. So I had to get one. The WD-H43 fits perfectly on the camera as it should since it is made by Canon. It looks great on the camera, but I was surprised at how heavy is was. It makes the camera a little front heavy. I bought a neck strap for it because it is just too heavy with this adapter to be trusted without one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2008
This wide angle converter lens is awesome. The build quality is first class, and the images are superb. Crystal clear shots and a lot more of the world fits into each shot as well. I bought this for my HG10 camcorder and it works beautifully with it. It would have to be the best screw mount I've used - the lens screws onto the front of the camcorder's lens like the mount was made of silk.

Having said that, other reviewers weren't kidding about the weight of this lens; it weighs a ton! After all, quality this high comes at some expense, both in price and weight. Screwing it onto the front of the HG10 makes it even more top-heavy than the HV20 would be, as the HG10 is a lighter camcorder. I find, however, that if I use my free hand to support the lens, I get steadier shots with the added weight. One hand supports the camcorder body and one hand supports the lens. No problem with that, is there?

If you feel your HG10 isn't giving you wide enough shots - especially if you shoot landscapes and architecture - then this converter lens will be a God-send. The huge price tag is definitely worth paying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
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Video and photography are my two passions. I am not a video professional but have always felt that I should have been. I bought this for one of my B roll cameras, the Canon HV-20, which was a backup to my XH-A1. I read tons of reviews on many, many WA lenses and even purchased one of the other "off brands" that others had stated "worked just fine". I don't know what else to say to them other than "can I have some of what you are smoking?". All kidding aside, this lens was designed by Canon and allows the camera to use the full range of zoom without affecting the cameras ability to focus properly and does a great job without vignetting. Yes, it's pricey and heavy. It's also well designed. Why the 4 Stars then? Because Canon should come up with another type of mounting system for their camcorders if they are going to produce a lens like this for it. This lens throws camera balance way off due to its weight. The threads are not a good way to mount this lens either. I had the lens fall off the camera once because there are so few threads and after traveling with it, it had apparently loosened up and I didn't notice. Fortunately it landed in the grass with lens cap still attached and no harm was done. I now use a small piece of tape to keep it from backing out of the few threads it is attached by.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2008
The Canon HV20 HD Videocamera is really a great camera. But the normal "wide" angle of this camera is not very useful inside a house or close to something you want to tape. The original Canon WD-H43 0.7x Wide Angle converter seemed to be perfect. Cheaper converters always had bad reviews, so there must be a reason for this converter to be a little more expensive than the rest. After the part arrived I attached it to my camera and you see no blurry edges or so. Picture is still HD, crisp clear and when you zoom it stays very good.
Only minus I have to add, just like many other reviewers, the weight is huge compared to the total weight of the camera itself. But I don't care. The pictures is the result I want to see, not a good looking, tiny video camera :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2008
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Optically this is a great lens. Working with this lens on the camera made the camera much more usable for me. I was not particularly happy with the relatively narrow field of view of the zoom lens that is built into the camera.

This lens is as heavy as the camera itself, but the camera and lens together still seem to balance well in my hand.

Coming from the still photography world, I think that it's a bit misleading to refer to this as a wide angle lens. It feels about the same as 35 mm lens on a 35 mm camera. Even with that somewhat negative comment, I would recommend this lens to anyone using the HV20 or HV30.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2008
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I bought this converter knowing it would be heavy, understanding that a well made lens with good glass will always be heavy, so don't be scared by the reviews reading "the lens weighs more than the camera itself," which is true, but what would you expect to weight more,layers of glass or a cmos chip and minimotherboard? In the film industry, the nicer lenses can be so heavy it takes two people to lift them(zoom/telephoto), let's you know you are handling something expensive and precious. I had a hard time finding before and after shots, so here is a simple comparison: from 7 feet away, the camera could see to a car doors edges to the car frame, and with converter you see all the tires. You will never take it off once used.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I sell real estate and recently purchased a Canon HG10 video camera. In producing home videos, it was important to capture a larger viewing image. The WD-H43 Wide Angle Converter worked perfectly. It grabs a significantly larger viewing area so I'm able to capture floor to ceiling shots providing a more professional look to the video. The lens itself is heavy, but it is a testament to the quality of the lens. The size and shape make it useful to hold during video production and I find it provides more stability to the shot. I doubt I will ever take it off.
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46 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2007
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If you have not held this wide angle converter in your hands, you need to be aware of the weight - it is VERY heavy, weighing roughly the same as the entire camcorder (including battery and tape). Putting this big hunk of glass at the front makes it an entirely different camcorder - twice as heavy and very unbalanced with all that weight hanging off the front. It is pretty big also, adding 3-4 inches at the front, but the weight and balance were the killers for me.

I wanted to like it, as this camcorder really could use a wider field (I am tired of backing up so much). It also looks very high quality (and if glass weight = quality, it must be great) but I never even tested it out because to me the camcorder becomes a different (and unusable) device with this on it. If you don't mind the weight (perhaps you only use it on a tripod, where the size and weight don't matter), give it a try, but I wanted to warn you first - heavy and unbalanced make for bad handheld shooting.
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