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Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens

You Pay: $180.48
Product Highlights
  • Works with Several Canon Camcorders

The Canon WD-H43 Wide-Angle Adapter Lens screws into the front of your Canon camcorder's zoom lens to provide an even wider angle of coverage (0.7x) for those times when you are shooting in a confined space or for shooting scenery. The wide-converter is useful indoors as well, since you'll be able to fit more of your subject into the picture frame.

Compatibility VIXIA HF M40
VIXIA HF M400
VIXIA HF M41
VIXIA HF M50
VIXIA HF M500
VIXIA HF M52
VIXIA HG10
VIXIA HV20
VIXIA HV30
VIXIA HV40
May work with other models as well
Magnification 0.7x
Zoom Through Yes
Rear Mount Diameter 43mm
Front Mount Diameter No Front Filter Thread
Construction, Elements/Groups 3E/3G
Lens Diameter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    CanonWD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 85 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (48)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (46)
    • Durable (34)
    • Easily interchangeable (31)
    • Consistent output (29)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy (33)
    • Heavy / bulky (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Video (24)
    • Low light (21)
    • Weddings (17)
    • Shooting indoors (16)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        83% 

        (5 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (17), Tech savvy (17), Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent and necessary for HDV cameras

    This product is necessary (in my opinion) for any owner of an HDV camera. The reason is that the CMOS/CCD chips on these cameras force the camera's lens to all be telephoto...Read complete review

    This product is necessary (in my opinion) for any owner of an HDV camera. The reason is that the CMOS/CCD chips on these cameras force the camera's lens to all be telephoto lenses, which is really annoying for me since I only want to shoot wide angle. The only way to get a standard wide angle (not even a super wide angle) on these cameras is to use a wide angle converter lens. I originally bought a low cost wide angle converter lens from an non-"Name Brand" manufacturer that was very wide angle (0.5x) and when I tried it on my Canon HV30 not only did I notice the overall image not being very good, but the lens created a "fisheye" effect which distorted the image significantly. It is possible that I will use this lens in the future for a creative effect, but it is not usable for everyday shooting. I buckled down and bought the rather expensive Canon wide angle converter lens, and immediately upon receiving it from B+H I could tell it was a totally different animal from what I had used before and was of very high quality. It has some significant weight to it, which is excellent because it makes stable shooting with the super light weight HV30 much easier. Plus, it's actually something you can hold onto which makes holding the HV30 easier. You can also tell both by looking at it and looking through it that it is made of very high quality glass. In use with my camera I was delighted to discover that while this converter gave me a usable wide angle that I so desperately wanted, unlike the cheap converter I had used it did not distort or degrade the image. The Canon adapter is now permanently attached to my HV30 and I have no reason to take it off. The quality of the lens is so high that even if I want a telephoto shot (which I can still do with this converter on the camera), I just do it with the converter attached. So basically this converter is, in my opinion, completely necessary for an owner of the HV30 or similar camera if you have any interest in shooting a subject that is closer than 15 feet, and that is not an exaggeration.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Heavy and not wide enough

    While this is a high quality lens, I find the 0.7x magnification factor too high. I use it for my Canon HV-20, and find that it's still a little too narrow for...Read complete review

    While this is a high quality lens, I find the 0.7x magnification factor too high. I use it for my Canon HV-20, and find that it's still a little too narrow for indoors shooting. Something like 0.5x would have been excellent. It's also quite heavy, although since I only use it indoors, I don't consider that too much of a problem. After all, it's a high quality lens.

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    5.0

    Very pleased

    By Toninwa

    from Montesano, Wa

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

      Used with Canon Hv40 camcorder. Pleased with the quality as well as ease of mounting. Quality of video better than expected.

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      5.0

      Expensive, Large, Heavy, Works Very Well

      By Semi-Pro Landscape Videographer

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Makes Camera Bigger
      • No filter threads

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

      I shoot landscape video semi-professionally. The Canon M500 camcorder is a great unit because of its Pro Sensor but has a 50mm-500mm zoom lens. The 50mm setting is just too tight. With the WD-43, I can get a 35mm setting which is wide enough.I like the fact that I can also slightly zoom and still get a good image, though I only do do up to ~50mm (I mean, what's the point if the native lens goes 50mm-500mm). With other lens converters, the image quickly becomes blurry. On the other hand, the WD-H43 is somewhat large and heavy since the M500 is so small. Also, it does not have a threads to screw on a UV filter to protect it - scratch it and you are out ~$[$] for another lens. Canon should provide some means to protect the lens from scratching.I wish that Canon's M500 camcorder and higher-featured models had a wider field of view. Because they don't, I had to buy a ~$ WD-H43 to get what I needed on a ~$ camera. That's a 40% price bump that I could have done without though I suspected I would have to do it when I ordered the M500 - I just had to try to get along without it and it didn't work. But, the combination does work though it was more expensive, larger, and heavier that what I really had hoped for.

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      3.0

      Does the job.

      By Vixter

      from Newfoundland, Canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult to Clean

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

      I own a very similar Canon lens, but it is for a 37mm lens filter (eg. Canon HF-10). I'd been using the 37mm lens on a 43mm mount (Canon HF M400), but finally purchased this, the proper-fitting lens for this camera.
      To be honest, I feel the 37mm Canon wide adapter is nicer. It seems clearer and is easier to keep free of smudges/fog, etc. For some reason, this lens (which, unlike the 37mm lens adapter, has a flat front element) seems more difficult to keep "clean". Not that my lenses are exposed or abused, but the 43mm adapter just seems to require more fussing over to ensure no fog impedes its performance.
      Having said that, I'm pretty happy with it. And, it eliminates the vignetting I was getting when using the smaller adapter.

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      5.0

      Use this all the time

      By Bearden

      from Dawsonville, Ga

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

        We use this lense all the time. It is great for basketball and football games.

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        4.0

        Big, heavy and very good

        By Trekguy1951

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good in low light
        • Sharp Image
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Tight group shots
        • Video

        Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

        This lens has solved the problem of not being able to get close to subjects with my Canon Vixia HF M41 camcorder (an excellent camcorder except for that significant drawback). I just shot several minutes of video under low-light conditions with great results. Be warned that this lens has a bigger diameter than the camcorder and weighs more, as well. Fortunately I use a camera bag, because the combined unit won't slip into anybody's pocket.

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        4.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Race Director

        from Willemstad, Curacao

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

        Home use and it's very good product.

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        4.0

        Quality Glass

        By rhinotherunt

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

            It is high quality glass, but not that much more additional coverage for the price.

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            5.0

            Well Made Lens

            By Jim Crowley

            from Connecticut

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

              I got this for my new Canon HFM500. Im used to using an AG DVX100B camcorder. and although the Canon M500 shoots beautiful video and people rave about how small it is. I don't like having a small looking camcorder.I feel it doesnt excite people and doesn't look as professional. So that said the lens is a high quality lens and heavy. But come on. How hard is it to hold on to the bottom of the lens and your camcorder at the same time to balance it.I love the way it looks sitting attached to the camcorder also. Makes it look a lot better and the most important reason to use the lens. The picture looks great. And it really allows a lot more in the picture. Love the way I can line up a better shot allowing more objects to be a part of the shot.Should you buy another cheaper wide angle. Ofcourse not..I thought about it but even to look at the thing on the camcorder with all the glass.Its looks like high quality and professional.At least you can build the smaller camcorders to look like people are getting their moneys worth when filming a wedding or someothing else.I had to get this lens before filming a documentary in Brazil with this lens.

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              5.0

              Great addition to my camcorder gear

              By H007

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                Great addition to my Canon HV40! Makes it easier to record in a confined space!

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                5.0

                Excellent Prosumer Lens

                By SecondhandBuddah

                from South Africa

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                I use the WD-H43 on my Canon HV40 cameras. The WD-H43 has the build quality one has come to expect from Canon. Compared to other wide angle lenses in the prosumer range, this is a fairly large and heavy lens, but this is actually just indication of the lens quality. The WD-H43 produces a consistent and clear wide angle image, even when fully zoomed in. It was certainly worth paying the premium for the lenses.

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                5.0

                Great glass worth the money

                By LI photo guy

                from Wantagh NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video

                Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                Little on the heavy side but worth the quality.

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                5.0

                Essential Upgrade!

                By Troy in Kailua

                from Kailua, Hi

                About Me Casual Photographer

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                I use this because I do much of my filming indoors. My kids have a habit of getting really close to me when filming, and this lens allows me to keep them in the scene even when close up. I like how it attaches easily, gives a great widescreen view and protects the camcorders lens.

                My only complaint is the lens does seem to weigh as much as the camcorder and makes it very front heavy. Not a deal breaker, just something to be aware of.

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                5.0

                High Quality Construction

                By danhowl

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                  I don't know what I was surprised that the add-on wide angle converter lens arrived as a high quality, well manufactured lens that easily screwed on to the front of my Canon camcorder. It must use the same engineering and manufacturing as their professional equipment. Very happy with purchase.

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                  4.0

                  Great quality

                  By Jenpen6

                  from Adelaide, SA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                    great lens. Is a bit heavy tho, but great size and no quality loss.

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                    4.0

                    Heavy as heck...but..so far so good.

                    By eightyeightkeys

                    from Toronto, Ontario

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                      Very heavy...could also work as a boat anchor...I wish it was much, much lighter. I had to buy a wide strap for my HV30 because, with the old stock strap, the weight with the new lens started to cut into my neck.
                      But, as my Dad always use to say, "it's heavy...it must be good !" And, so far, I agree. It does the job very well. Oh ! and no sun shade will fit this lens ! It's too big...I'll have to make one...just to protect the lens a bit.

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                      5.0

                      Love this lens.

                      By Pam

                      from Owls Head, ME

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                        This may soon become my "regular" lens. It is a great quality and is a great way for providing me flexibility with my shooting.

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                        5.0

                        does it's job and durable. ok price.

                        By Rey

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                          for my 43mm thread panasonic HMC70 it worked perfectly. i was undecided between pearstone, canon, or panasonic. so i got the middle of the 2 extreme prices.

                          it's solid, there;s a slight fishheye, but not noticiable, unless it's a horizontal line across the street. in closed rooms, there's no fisheye effect.

                          i don't notice any light loss. i used it in a wedding and was able to capture entire dance floor within frame.

                          slight vignetting only on top corners, not bottom.

                          when screwed in it's not loose or wobbly.

                          feels like solid glass. slightly heavy is ok.

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                          5.0

                          WD-H43 43mm Converter Lens for HV20 Cano

                          By WorldTraveller

                          from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                            I use it in my Canon Vixia HV30 camcorder. Extremely useful for indoor takes, when there is not much space available. The job is done perfectly.
                            Furthermore, its weight provides better stability to the camcorder.
                            Great product!
                            I recommend it.

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                            4.0

                            Good For the whole Room

                            By antoniseb

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                            The Canon Vixia HFM41 that I bought is a fine camera, but it really didn't give me the ability record wide enough angles for my applications, i.e. whole room shots from the corner.

                            The Wide Angle lens fixed that problem.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens!!

                            By Film One

                            from Los Angeles , Ca

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Canon WD-H43 43mm 0.7x Wide Angle Converter Lens:

                            Amazing lens super sharp image love it a must have!!

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