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Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x High Grade Telephoto Converter Lens

B&H # SOVCLHG1737C Mfr # VCLHG1737C
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The VCL-HG1737C High Grade Telephoto Converter Lens brings distant subjects closer. The 1.7X Telephoto extends the focal length of camcorder or digital camera lenses 1.7 times, bringing things twice as close, throughout the zoom range. This moderate converter allows you to double the optical range of your camera, and keeps you out of the digital telephoto range where pictures begin to lose resolution and pixelate.

Magnification 1.7x
Zoom Through Yes
Rear Mount Diameter 37mm
Front Mount Diameter No Front Filter Thread
Construction, Elements/Groups 5E/3G
Lens Diameter 2.6" (66.2mm)
Length 1.9" (46.5mm)
Weight 7.5 oz (212g)
Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x High Grade Telephoto Converter Lens
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front and Rear Lens Cover
  • Flare-Prevention Hood
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyVCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
    • Easily interchangeable (23)
    • Strong construction (22)
    • Durable (16)
    • Rugged (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Tough to attach (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (20)
    • Wildlife (14)
    • Wildlife photos (13)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Video (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-professional (6), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Tele-extender

    Before purchasing this tele-extender I tried the less expensive Sony extender. My images were soft so I returned that one and bought this one from B&H. The additional elements brought back much...Read complete review

    Before purchasing this tele-extender I tried the less expensive Sony extender. My images were soft so I returned that one and bought this one from B&H. The additional elements brought back much sharper images than the cheap extender. This one is a keeper. The extra quality comes at the expense of added weight and bulk. Added to my small HD camcorder the extender shifts the balance a bit but when you need the range optical extension beats digital enlargement by a long shot.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good but Beware of Vignetting!!

    The good: exceptional clarity, no degradation compared to the built in lens on my hvr-a1u.

    The bad: unless you are using the lens at about 75-100% zoom capacity, you...Read complete review

    The good: exceptional clarity, no degradation compared to the built in lens on my hvr-a1u.

    The bad: unless you are using the lens at about 75-100% zoom capacity, you will have black vignetting on your image!! This is similar to the effect seen on tv when they are trying to suggest you are looking through a telescope. What's worse is the vignetting effect did NOT show on the LCD screen during shooting and it ruined a shoot for a high school football game.

    If you can keep your zoom at 75% or greater, it's a great lens. But for any action sport where the subject is constantly moving, this is NOT acceptable.

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    4.0

    It vignetts when you zoom out.

    By John Pirtle

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sharp enough

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Extra Magnification

      Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

      The lens looks sharp enough, but I noticed that you can't really zoom through it. When you zoom out (wide), you get the black ring of the lens mount.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nice upgrade to standard lens

      By VPB

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

        Perfect addition to Sony video camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excelent

        By Greg Weaver

        from Costa Mesa Cal

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

          Converts my Sony PJ260 from(35mm equivlant)890mm to 1520mm the image is sharp, with a little cromatic abborasion , excellent super tele with enough zoom to make it really a functional lens, built very rugged.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Tele for the NX70U

          By Juni

          from Elkton, MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

            This Tele converter is clear as you have heard in most comments. It works on the NX70U quite well. As expected for converters of this type, it vignettes at about 75% zoom when steady shot is off or set to standard, but it is uesful from about 55% from wide to tele on the W----T scale when steady shot is set to active. Great for nature shots, sports or other events. It is very well made with a decent price for what you get. It does not affect auto focus and has a light fall off of about 1 f stop.

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            • No

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            3.0

            VCL-HG1737C Converter Lens For Handycam

            By Edilberto

            from Puerto Rico

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Reduced wide angle range
            • Slow Focus
            • Tough To Attach

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Only good after half zoom
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

            At halfway wide angle it forms a shadow circle around composition because the lens mounting size is smaller than the camera. To install it you have to use the reducer adapter that came with the camera, 52mm down to 37mm

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            4.0

            Good Enhancement for the HVR-HD1000U

            By George the Video Guy

            from Florence, Alabama

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Distant shots

            Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

            The greatest weekness for the Sony HVR-HD1000U is the 10 X zoom. The telephoto converter just screws over the normal lense and now you have a 17 X zoom.

            The lense does have one flaw: you must stay between 9X and 17 X zoom. Any closer and you will get dark rounded corners.

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            5.0

            Good investment on VCL-HG1737C Lens

            By Leon's Production Sound's & Video

            from El Paso, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

              We made a good investment on VCL-HG1737C Lens.
              In the past, we used different camcorders we could not get that perfect image at night on the big screen that is why we decided to purchase this camcorder. We bought this camcorder because of specs and what it can do specially the minimum illumination and option to change the lens and memory card.
              We were a little skeptical about the purchase. Yet this past Saturday, March 3, 2012 was the first time we have used it with a live performance. We have two giant double vision screens 11x15 on each side of the stage. The view of the color, zoom, and projection was unbelievably clear. We were very happy we purchased this camcorder. We got a lot of compliments on the picture quality that it was very clear. We were recording 60ft away from the stage using the VCL-HG1737c lens, bought at B&H, too. It was worth the money spent on this camcorder and lens.

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              4.0

              No surprises

              By hippop

              from Asheville NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                The image is clean and crisp and for my 10x standard lens this gives the reach needed to stay out of digital zoom. As noted the effective usable range is limited to the last 1/2 of the zoom range or you get tunnel vision.. for example if your standard lens gives you good shots form 1 yard to 50 yards adding this Telephoto lens will give you good shots from 40 yards to 90 yards but is unusable in that 0 to 40 range.. So you will have to give some thought to where your subject is going to be. Like any tool you have to know how to use it, to get any use out of it.

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                5.0

                Would not hesitate to purchase again

                By Kevin

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                  Can be used at various focal lengths, but must be careful about vignetting. I plan to use it while videotaping wild life, so I will keep in the max focal length. Very sharp focus.

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                  5.0

                  Works for Me!

                  By Allen

                  from Toronto, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Sharpness

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Hood
                  • Heavy
                  • Not useful at wide angle

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                    I expected and received Sony quality for my portable video camera. Nicely rendered colour, crisp and sharp lines from mid to full zoom.

                    Rubber lens hood could be a little stiffer as it flattens & gets out of shape in the case.

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                    5.0

                    A DEFINATE PLUS

                    By VIDEO ENTHUSIAST

                    from BLAIR, NE

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • HAVENT FOUND ANY

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                    THIS COMPLIMENTS MY PJ10 WONDERFULLY! THE HANDYCAM IS NICE WITHOUT IT BUT WHEN VIDEOING WILDLIFE OR CHILDREN ETC THIS MAKES CATCHING ALL THE DETAILS SO EASY AND YOU CANT BEAT THE COST HERE ON B & H, I COMPARED PRICES FROM MANY ONLINE RETAILERS AND THIS WAS THE CHEAPEST I COULD FIND IT AND THE RETURN POLICY MAKES YOU EVEN MORE COMFORTABLE WITH ORDERING ONLINE!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto

                    By Matey

                    from Upper Coomera, Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                    I can only say this is a fantastic telephoto for filming close ups if you can't get as close to the action as you would like to. I have used this for wildlife and sporting events. Does add to extra wieght and use it with a tripod for steadier results

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                    5.0

                    Way better than I exspected

                    By george

                    from bowmanville ontario

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                    Used it for my granddaughters tryathalon .we live with a great view of the water and marsh good for wild life pictures.
                    It is an excellent lens for the money easy to install.Makes the camera a little heavy

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good quality

                    By Kel

                    from canberra australia

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                      Exceptional lens that fits nicely onto my Sony HD 550 handycam

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A must for all videographers!

                      By aloha jane

                      from honolulu, hawaii

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • No cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                      I film my sons when they surf. We live in Hawaii. Some breaks very far away and even though the zoom on my camcorder would handle the distance, with this telephoto converter the quality of my video is so much higher, than without it. Plus it makes it easier to see them.
                      These telephoto lenses can be used on many different models. I bought one ten years ago for my older camcorder, when I upgraded my camcorder I had this and the battery with me and I used it on 3 different camcorders.

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                      5.0

                      nice, very nice! it did his job!

                      By gibavideo

                      from Paraná, Brasil

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                            i use for video and he gives me good options for shooting when tele is needed. And it is sharp, no blur on the edges. I use it on a hvr 1000u from sony, and works fine!

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                            5.0

                            Great Addition to Gear Bag

                            By Eternity Outdoors

                            from Little Rock, AR

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Lens Creep
                            • Poor in Low Light
                            • Slow Focus
                            • Tough To Attach

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                              I needed something to get my view a little closer, and this did the trick. The only problem I have with it is that it takes a while to get it installed on the camera. I would like it if there was a quicker way to attach the lens.

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                              1.0

                              not enough for me

                              By Scott

                              from Madison, CT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

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                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                                    I don't even see the point to own this. It did nothing to add to my existing zoom capability.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Lens

                                    By ed

                                    from calgary

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                                      Clear images

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                                      5.0

                                      Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens by Sony

                                      By Skyhawk

                                      from Vancouver

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • None really

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Sony VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens:

                                      Just work as expected i would definitely recommend it. Can't think of any thing that isn't great about the product.

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