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Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm)

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Product Highlights
  • Lightweight, Single-Element Design
  • Increases the Angle of View by 45%
  • Supports Close Focusing
  • Partial Zoom Capabilities
  • Includes 27, 30 & 30.5mm Step-Up Rings

The Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm) features a lightweight, single-element design that affords a substantially wider angle of view without noticeable distortion. It increases the angle of view by 45%, and it supports close focusing, right up to the lens front on many camcorders. When the adapter is attached, it allows zoom capability from wide angle to mid-range when using the camera in auto focus mode. Plus, the adapter includes 27mm, 30mm and 30.5mm step-up rings.

High-quality .55x wide angle adapter increases horizontal angle of view by 45%
Provides a lightweight single-element design that allows users to go substantially wider without noticeable distortion
Nearly doubles the angle of view and it allows close focusing - right up to the lens front - on many camcorders
Partial zoom adapter allows zoom capability from wide angle to mid-range when using the camera in auto focus mode
Rear Thread 37mm
Filter Size 43mm
Focal Length .55x original lens
Aperture No light loss
Horizontal Angle of View 45% wider than original
Zooming Partial zoom
Dimensions Front Diameter: 1.77" (45mm)
Rear Diameter: 1.46" (37mm)
Width: 0.37" (9.4mm)
Weight 4.6 oz (131 g)
Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm)
  • 2 x Lens Caps
  • 3 x Step-Up Rings (27, 30 & 30.5mm)
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Century Precision OpticsDS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm)
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (22)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (16)
    • Improves picture quality (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting outdoors (18)
      • Close up filming (8)
      • Panoramic filming (8)
      • Shooting indoors (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (14), Aspiring film maker (7), Film professional (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      small versatile lens

      for those looking into getting tighter shots than a 0.7x lens, and be carrying the lightest load, this is the lens. its a single lens element so zooming with this lens is not...Read complete review

      for those looking into getting tighter shots than a 0.7x lens, and be carrying the lightest load, this is the lens. its a single lens element so zooming with this lens is not recommended. i have this attached to my canon hf10 and gives a very nice 24mm equivalent field of view. the corners of course have their blur, but its actually very little and the majority of the picture is actually sharp. a cool discovery i stumble upon is that i was able to use this on my canon g9. the lens is actually very small and very lightweight, enough that ive used double sided tape and attached it to the end of the g9's barrel. the pictures turned out amazing. if you are thinking of doing the same, you will need to set your camera to macro mode because of its single element consctruction. but with that, my g9 looks like its got a 20mm lens attached it! the videos on the g9 also looks amazing! im sure it will work with other digicams. also it works awesome with your camera phone! ive found that the very lightweight and small design of this lens, you can actually attach it to anything that has optics to get a very nice wide shot. believe me this lens is small! have fun with it!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      nice lens, when it fits

      I use this item with a Sony hdr CX100 digital video camera for video shoots while skydiving. Since this lens is larger and needs the included step down ring to fit the 30mm lens...Read complete review

      I use this item with a Sony hdr CX100 digital video camera for video shoots while skydiving. Since this lens is larger and needs the included step down ring to fit the 30mm lens opening, the camera and lens barely fit inside the cookie helmet box. the hole needs to be bigger in front ot the mounting hole needs to be moved further forward.

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      5.0

      Great option

      By Big Bindles

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Improves Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

        Use for skydiving video, compact and low profile

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excelent Wde Angle

        By Weaver Weavo

        from Costa Mesa Cal

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Panoramic Filming
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

          Look well over 100 degres wide,and creates a wide enough angle to shoot in the cockpit of a plane or car and you can travel hand held and keep it smooth, small and light. Quality optics.

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By yochanan

          from Eugene, Oregon

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Upgrade

            Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

            Use with a Lensmate on my Canon S95.. Absolutely amazing.
            No vignetting and focuses clearly. Anymore words would waste your time..... buy it.

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            5.0

            Excellent Porduct

            By woppyvac

            from williamsburg, virginia

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                  Used on a Sony CX110 HD Videocamera. Simple to install. All metal and extremely sturdy. The picture quality is not hindered at all and the wider view makes taking those hard to fit vids and photos that much easier!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome low profile lens

                  By Phil

                  from Melbourne, Australia

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Picture Quality
                  • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Close Up Filming
                    • Shooting Outdoors

                    Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                    Lens used for skydiving videography. Great quality and super low profile. Aluminium step up rings are better than the plastic ones by far. Screw cap cover also a plus.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great lens!

                    By doc john

                    from waterloo, iowa

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Picture Quality
                    • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Outdoors

                      Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                      I've been using this on a Sony CX-150, using it for skydiving. Excellent quality. Love it!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Exactly what I was looking for.

                      By Skymarshal

                      from Houston, Texas

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Improves Picture Quality
                      • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Panoramic Filming
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                        Needed a small profile wide angel adapter that was light weight with qood quality, I found it in this lens.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Century .55

                        By Skydiver

                        from Ireland

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                            Cheap ,low profile ,excellent picture quality .
                            An excellent all round lens .

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            nice lens, when it fits

                            By Sage

                            from Newport Beach, CA

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Poor Interface Camcorder

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                            I use this item with a Sony hdr CX100 digital video camera for video shoots while skydiving. Since this lens is larger and needs the included step down ring to fit the 30mm lens opening, the camera and lens barely fit inside the cookie helmet box. the hole needs to be bigger in front ot the mounting hole needs to be moved further forward.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Superior Lens

                            By Matt the Producer

                            from Battle Creek, MI

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Picture Quality
                            • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                            Cons

                            • Not a single one

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                            This is an incredible lens for my Sony CX150 HD Camera. There is no vignetting and the video is crystal clear. I would strongly recommend to anyone looking for the "top of the line" lens at a very reasonable cost.

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                            5.0

                            A Fine Product

                            By RH Hobo

                            from Ukiah, Ca.

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Interfaces Well With Camcorder
                            • Lowest profile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Close Up Filming
                              • Panoramic Filming
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                              I purchased this adapter to use on my HD mini camcorder inside the underwater housing I use in the ocean. The low profile of the adapter allows the clearance necessary from the front port. The optical quality is good and the adapter provides the wide angle I needed without the rim of the port encroaching into the field of view. I use a cheaper lightweight housing that doesn't support a wide angle port so this was the perfect solution. I had to bypass the controls on the housing and use the remote in a waterproof bag as the camcorder when plugged into the control cord of the housing would not allow focus with the adapter even wih the camcorder set for WA conversion. Using on-cam filters changes the focal distance to the adapter so a set of filters for the adapter may be necessary.

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                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By SV

                              from FRANCE

                              About Me Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder
                              • Keep image quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Panoramic Filming
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                I already had a wide angle lens, but the image was blurred all around. That's why I decided to buy this product, more compact and giving a perfect image.

                                The only point, I knew before buying this lens, is that it does not allow to zoom. I have a Sony HDR-CX520 and it allows to zoom may be one third of the maximum before it becomes blurred.

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                                4.0

                                ds-55wa-37 with Sony cx105

                                By Petri

                                from Tamperd, Finland

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                Cons

                                • No zoom-through

                                Best Uses

                                • Close Up Filming
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                Using this wide angle lens with Sony cx105 hd video camera provides good enough quality optics to record hd-level material with wide enough field of view to record properly tandem skydives from training to jump itself to landing. The thinness and lightness of the lens does not add extra weight to the camera setup.
                                Only drawback is that due to the 1-ens configuration the zoom-through functionality is lost.

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                                4.0

                                Century Optics Rates...

                                By Superfletch

                                from Mount Vernon, MO

                                About Me Film Professional, Freefall Videographer, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Picture Quality
                                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                Cons

                                • Can't Zoom through

                                Best Uses

                                • Close Up Filming
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                First off, I use this lens in a pretty harsh environment. I'm a skydiving videographer and I mount this lens to a Sony CX100 HD camcorder. The picture quality from this lens is superb. I was having a fogging issue from a Raynox lens before this one and after getting this one... no more fog. Also the Raynox was much bigger and heavier. The low profile aspect of this lens is a huge plus in my line of work. It's lighter, smaller and slimmer.

                                The only thing I wish it did was allow me to zoom through it and this it does not do. That's ok however because in freefall I don't use the zoom much anyway. :P Thank you Century Optics for creating a quality product in such a small package.

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                                5.0

                                Happy to use this Lense

                                By Irey77

                                from Maldives

                                About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Picture Quality
                                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                Cons

                                • Screw type

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                This is a great lens which covers a pretty good wide angle range. only a little concern for me is that its screw type and i don't like screw type..
                                BUT YOU KNOW YOU"L LOVE THIS..

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                                5.0

                                Great product if used correctly

                                By Dron

                                from Toronto, ON

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Does not fog
                                • Great HD quality
                                • Light weight

                                Cons

                                • Can not be used with zoom

                                Best Uses

                                • Active sports filming
                                • Panoramic Filming
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                I bought this adapter for use with Sony CX 100 camcorder in skydiving and other outdoors activities.

                                Unlike some other wide angle adapters (e.g.Raynox 3030) it is single element which has its pluses and minuses.
                                Pluses: very light weight, small, does not fog in wet environments. Weight and size are critical for me as it reduces snag hazard and impact on my neck (camcorder is mounted on the helmet)
                                Minuses: it can not be used with zoom function on camcorder

                                This adapter provides great HD quality and is reasonably priced.

                                I highly recommend it as long as you do not expect it to do things that it is not designed to do.

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                                4.0

                                Great lense for the price

                                By peisen

                                from pomona, Ca

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                Cons

                                • No Increase In Performance

                                Best Uses

                                • Close Up Filming
                                • Shooting Indoors

                                Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                I'm mainly using this lense on my HF200 for indoor shots and some outdoor, it really makes the field of view much wider. It has a low profile design with a single element. However you can't zoom with it. Has some distortion.

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                                5.0

                                How did I live with out it!

                                By The Dharma Warrior

                                from Lake Worth, FL

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Close Up Filming
                                  • Panoramic Filming
                                  • Shooting Indoors

                                  Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                  It literally transforms your camcorder into one 1000x more useful!

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                                  4.0

                                  Low profile, wide view.

                                  By Sunshine

                                  from Oakland, MD

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Picture Quality
                                  • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Close Up Filming
                                    • Shooting Outdoors

                                    Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                    I use this lens to film snowboarding and skateboarding. Its low profile design keeps the bulk off of my camcorder and the screw-on metal caps are a plus too. It could be a little wider, but you should never have to see the lens in your shot. Highly recommended.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very Sharp Wide Angle Lens

                                    By G McLoughlin

                                    from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                                    About Me Film Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Picture Quality
                                    • Very sharp
                                    • Very Wide Lens

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Panoramic Filming
                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors

                                      Comments about Century Precision Optics DS-55WA-37 0.55x Wide Angle Adapter (37mm):

                                      This lens is tiny, almost the size of a filter, but does a great job. Very wide, and very sharp.

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