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Wide angle adapter lens

I want to get some close up wide angle shots of cars etc. with my Panasonic NV-GS200. which wide angle adapter lens would go on a 37mm handicam?

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The wide angle aspect of video lenses seems to have been overlooked (perhaps disregarded) by the camera makers. Most rave on about how many times optical and digital ZOOM they have, forgetting entirely that the wide angle end is just as valuable. A trip through the speccies of most new cameras reveal the widest setting to be around 40 degrees - the same as the unaided eye. For those familiar with 35mm stills terminology, about a 50mm equivalent. Yet there are soooooooo many things that can be done with a decent (or half decent) wide angle. It would be fantastic if they could give us (in 35mm terms) something like a 28 to 200 which was a standard purchase, or as Canon did ten years ago, a 35 to 300mm zoom. Until then, I guess we will just have to shop around for wide angle converters. I use a Sony (made by Carl Zeiss) one for my Sony DV handicam. It cost about $120 and is worth its weight in gold. I use this more than the "normal" lens, and get some stunning results. The mount thread is 39mm, and gives me a 28mm equivalent. When I was growing up with 35mm, I bought some fisheye converters, and they really were cheap and nasty.. proving that you gets what you pays for. The only caveat with a W/A converter is to be very careful of stray light and dust on the lens, as the depth of field will go from the lens surface to infinity in sunlight, and any dirt will 'flare'. Have a check of the various ads in the mag and manufacturer websites for the converters. Oh and treat them like they are made of eggshell, as the multi coating on the lenses is very delicate.

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