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Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens

You Pay: $19.95

The Kenko SGW-05 (0.5X wide angle) is designed to work with compact digital and analog camcorders having a 37mm filter thread. It greatly expands the zoom feature of your camera - the wide-angle will double your field of view.

Magnification 0.5x
Zoom Through Yes
Rear Mount Diameter 37mm
Front Mount Diameter No Front Filter Thread
Construction, Elements/Groups 2E/2G
Lens Diameter 1.9" (48mm)
Length 1.26" (32mm)
Weight 2.5 oz (70g)
Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens
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    KenkoSGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (12)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (9)
      • Sports/action (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • General purpose (4)
      • Weddings (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Perfect for budget buy

      I was pretty shocked how good this lens was. i bought it for filming my round the world trip. i needed something that could be stolen, lost, damaged and and not matter at...Read complete review

      I was pretty shocked how good this lens was. i bought it for filming my round the world trip. i needed something that could be stolen, lost, damaged and and not matter at all so price was important!! mounted on my panasonic gs 230 it really works well as a wide angle lens although the edges get a little soft and diffused when completely zoomed out but its a very minor draw back for the price. Apart from the edges it also sharpened the image improving the cameras own lens and also improving the colour slightly as as it lets in alot more light than my onboard lens. well worth the money. perfect for my needs.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Medicore lens

      Didn't have too high expectations given the price for the lens. But I found that it wasn't really usable for me.

      At the lowest zoom, the edges of the lens...Read complete review

      Didn't have too high expectations given the price for the lens. But I found that it wasn't really usable for me.

      At the lowest zoom, the edges of the lens shows up on the video. At the highest zoom, there is just too much blur. I can adjust it to mid zoom, but that would give me the same field of vision as if I didn't use the lens, so what was the point.

      Reviewed by 25 customers

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      3.0

      OK for price!

      By Videonut

      from Cary, NC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

          Placed it on a Canon HV10 camcorder. OK as long as
          you don't have zoom all the way back, then corners
          will be blacked out. Works as well as any lens in this price point.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          The 0.5 capture, a wider view point

          By Pat the Video Guy

          from Joliet,Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

            .Using the 0.5 at a party inside gives you a better wide view angle, in a tight place,or at parades helps to capture the festive mood.
            .The looks of the body of the lens can match the rest of the camera you are using.
            .I don't know too many things NOT so great about it, I had one on my camera for years with out taking it off,just add a lens hood at times

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great little lens

            By TechieM2

            from DuBois, PA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

              I bought this based on the price and on the other reviews posted from people using it on my camcorder (JVC Everio GZ-HM320). It is easy to attach and works well. I have it threaded on to the UV filter I have on the camcorder and I haven't noticed any quality difference in the little testing I've done so far.
              For those interested, I do have a little vid up on YouTube (search for "kenko sgw-05 lens test" and you'll see my video posted recently) showing what my camcorder views with and without this lens.

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              • No

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              5.0

              I use it on my iPhone

              By trinityfxmg.com

              from puerto rico

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                  This lens works perfect for my DIY interchangeable lens mount. I have an iPhone 4s and use it for HD video. I needed a wide lens for it so I made my own lens mount and now its like having a 17mm on my iPhone. Check out my web site to see it in use. trinityfxmg.com

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Not Bad For The Price

                  By AryehChay

                  from New York

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                    B"H

                    I recommend you use it only when neccesery for wide angle, othewise you will loose shrpness at HD Cams.
                    Very good quality for a cheap lens.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works great, with only one weakness

                    By Gully

                    from Eau Claire, WI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                      The construction of this lens is substantial and quality made. The optics in wide to medium zoom are fantastic. The only weakness I have noticed is when you zoom really far in to get a head and shoulders shot the image is somewhat blurry, though not terrible. I assume this is the nature of these lenses though. We use this to broadcast and record high school games and it works great on both SD and HD camcorders.

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                      5.0

                      Does what I need at a good price

                      By Loopshackr

                      from Outer Banks, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                          Using this converter with the same JVC Everio HD camcorder as a previous reviewer, and I echo his comments. This camcorder can't zoom "wide" enough for good results in medium- or smaller-sized rooms, and the converter helps greatly. Looks like it was made for the camcorder when mounted. Seems well-constructed and well-finished.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          When top quality is not of importance

                          By Hendrix Freak

                          from Los Angeles, California

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Less expensive decent

                          Cons

                          • None for me

                          Best Uses

                          • 50 percent more picture
                          • Video

                          Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                          I needed some inexpensive Wide angle lenses for a couple of old Digital 8 Sony camcorders, I still use. I have to video our band from up close, so I needed a way to get more picture onto the video, without a super high cost. These Kenko SGW-05, 37mm did a very good job for the money.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Wide - Angle Lens!

                          By Kenji I.

                          from Albany, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Lens distortion

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                          I use this lens with my Sony HDR-SR11 and it works terrificly! It makes the view much wider. The only complaint is that there is a teeny bit of distortion on the sides of the lens but it is merely unnoticable
                          .

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great Product for the price

                          By Nathan Hamler

                          from West Palm Beach, FL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                            Works awesome on my JVC Eviro GZ-HM320....no vignette at all, comes with lens cap, and a great price...quality doesn't suffer much, if any....gets a LITTLE blurry when zoomed in...but let's be honest, you didn't buy this lens to zoom in with...if you needed to zoom in you'd just use the built in zoom, without the wide angle adapter.....this product makes the view wider, which when you cant back up any further, this lens is a life saver...

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Works great, using it with 17mm lens EP1

                            By Miniaznray

                            from New York

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                            It decreases the distance of the lens but expand the width of the surrounding. Exactly what the product mentioned

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                            4.0

                            Good, Low Cost Beginner lens

                            By Goober

                            from Rexburg, Idaho

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                              I have a Canon Vixia HF100 camcorder and one of the only problems that I've found with this lens is that when fully zoomed out, the lens is caught in the corners of the frame. It doesn't appear while filming or taking a picture but when put on the computer it shows up. When fully zoomed in, the picture becomes unclear and a little hazy. Despite the slight drawback, the picture is clear. Looks nice and a great price comparatively.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect W. A. Lens

                              By Fred-01

                              from Mt. Shasta, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Quick Focus
                              • Sharp Focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                              For the price, this is a great lens.I use this lens on a Canon HF20 for action sports filming. Widens up the angle nicely without causing any distortion of the final footage. Crisp and clear picture. All around good lens.

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                              5.0

                              A little widescreen in my life!

                              By A. Sinz

                              from Detroit, MI

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quick Focus
                              • Rugged
                              • Sharp Focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video

                                Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                Just what I needed to fit more in frame! Great for the price!

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                                5.0

                                Excellent for the money

                                By cme4brain

                                from Suffolk, Virginia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Sharp Focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                  I bought this auxilliary lens becauase a prior reviewer rated it highly for his Panasonic PV-GS150, the exact camcorder that I have. Just like his review, this lens is basically distortion free wth no vignetting. I can zoom the full rante and still have sharp video. I would recommend this to anyone.

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                                  4.0

                                  Totally worth the money.

                                  By Chris

                                  from Forest, Virginia

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great packaging
                                  • Great price
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • None really

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                  i own a Canon Vixia HG20 and film just about everything with it.
                                  whether its gymnastics, skateboarding, snowboarding, marching band, etc. i use the lense a ton.
                                  although it does get a LITTLE fuzzy when zooming in more than half.
                                  and it cuts off the teeeeniest bit at the bottom left corner, it doesnt matter after i run it through sony vegas.
                                  i completely recommend this if your looking for a wide angle.
                                  OR [my favorite part]
                                  if you put a filter on first[cpl, uv, etc] then the wide-angle, it gives you a wonderful fish-eye feel.

                                  two lenses for one!

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                                  4.0

                                  Good value for the money

                                  By Steve in PA

                                  from Lancaster PA

                                  About Me Getting started

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                    I'm new to video, especially HD, and this is my first lens purchase for my Canon Vixia HF10 (an excellent camera btw!)I've only spent a little bit of time with this lens and the quality seems to be good, although when viewed in my editing program (Vegas Movie Studio Platinum) both corners on the right side of the image are black and a little "fisheye" effect is visable. I don't see this when viewing on the camera, but only when viewed in my editor. Of course this can easily be cropped out of the picture - but then that defeats the purpose of the wide angle. :-)I do have to say that this was my first purchase from B & H though and I was really impressed [...] I'll definitely be ordering from them again!

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                                    3.0

                                    Medicore lens

                                    By Dave

                                    from NY, NY

                                    About Me Casual user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Blurry Focus

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                      Didn't have too high expectations given the price for the lens. But I found that it wasn't really usable for me.

                                      At the lowest zoom, the edges of the lens shows up on the video. At the highest zoom, there is just too much blur. I can adjust it to mid zoom, but that would give me the same field of vision as if I didn't use the lens, so what was the point.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great

                                      By Oh4sho

                                      from Seattle, Wa

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easily Interchangeable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                        I couldn't have asked for a better lens for the price. It adds enough to the pictures width to really make a difference. As for people who have mentioned the black showing up in the corners I have had no problems like that. I use it with my Canon Optura 40 and it works great and the picture looks great.

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                                        4.0

                                        Must have for camcorders

                                        By chych

                                        from pittsburgh, pa

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Kenko SGW-05 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                                            I'm using this on a Canon HF100 and it makes the zoom range much more reasonable, from a ~40mm field of view (35 mm equiv) to a better ~20 mm, which is getting towards wide angle. The lens looks good on the camcorder, sticks out a bit. It's well built, and comes with lens caps. Optically it's sufficient; significant barrel distortion on the wide end, and a large loss in resolution at maximum telephoto (but it's not bad, just back up a tad and the image is fine again). There is a bit of vignetting when the camcorder is in 'photo' mode, but none in video mode.

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