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16x9 Inc. 169-HDWC8X-72 EXII 0.8x Wide Angle Converter

B&H # 169HDWC8X72 Mfr # 169-HDWC8X-72
You Pay: $530.00
Product Highlights
  • Compatible with 72mm Lens Cameras
  • 0.8x Wide Angle Conversion
  • Multi-Coated
  • Full Zoom Through
  • Thread Mount

The 16x9 Inc. 169-HDWC8X-72 EXII 0.8x Wide Angle Converter is an 0.8x add-on conversion lens designed specifically for cameras with 72mm diameter filter threads. The lens has a full zoom-through and provides additional wide-angle capability. Featuring two multi-coated glass elements, the 169-HDWC8X-72 can be used in virtually any shooting environment while preserving the highest quality images with exceptional sharpness.

Higher Quality, Lower Price
With the introduction of the EXII 0.8X Wide Converter, 16x9 Inc. offers a superior, HD-quality lens converter at an even lower price than the original EX. The move is part of an aggressive pricing structure 16x9 Inc. has put into place across the entire EXII line of lenses.
Wider Coverage & Full Zoom Thru
Featuring a two-element design, the compact, lightweight EXII 0.8X Wide Converter increases wide-angle coverage by 20% over the stock lens with minimal barrel distortion. Better yet, the EXII 0.8X is full zoom-thru.
Compact and Lightweight Design
Weighing only 17 oz. (482g) the EXII 0.8X Wide Converter has been elegantly engineered and crafted with no sacrifice in quality.
Mattebox Compatible
The EXII 0.8X is fully compatible with popular mattebox systems such as those from Chrosziel. For a neat shading solution, 16x9 offers an optional lightweight Rubber Lens Shade.
Type Wide Angle Conversion
Lens Mount Thread
Magnification 0.8x
Zoom Through Yes
Elements 2
Filter Size 105mm Round Filter--Requires Rubber Lens Shade (Not Included)
Length 1.42" (3.6cm)
Weight 17 oz (482g)
16x9 Inc. 169-HDWC8X-72 EXII 0.8x Wide Angle Converter
  • Pouch
  • 2 x Lens Caps
  • Adapter Ring
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    5.0

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    By Czar Steve

    from Brier, WA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Home Movies
      • In The Studio

      Comments about 16x9 Inc. 169-HDWC8X-72 EXII 0.8x Wide Angle Converter:

      Simply screw the lens on the front of your camcorder and shot. Just what I wanted to get into those tighter spaces. Simple, crystal clear, wider angle video.

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      5.0

      Good glass and good company

      By Scubadave

      from New Jersey

      About Me Business Owner, Video Professional

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good customer support
      • Professional Quality
      • Very little distortion

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • In The Studio
        • Real Estate Video interio

        Comments about 16x9 Inc. 169-HDWC8X-72 EXII 0.8x Wide Angle Converter:

        This is the third Wide Angle Converter I bought to use with my Panasonic HPX250. I returned the first two because they didn't work right for me. This was purchased specifically for shooting Real Estate Interiors.

        A problem with wide angles lenses in small rooms is that on the edges, walls get distorted with a fisheye like effect. The more extreme the angle, the more extreme the effect.

        At 0.8x, this lens is one of the less extreme WA adapters out there. You sacrifice more width to get less distortion. I purchased a .43X adapter and a .6X adapter and returned them both because they were just too much fisheye for what I needed to do.

        The 16x9 brand lens is very solidly built, and comes with a nice leatherette case. On the Panasonic HPX250, you must remove the lens shade to use the 16x9, which could be a concern if you're working outdoors and need a lens shade.

        This is not a flimsy lens adapter, I'd guess it weighs almost a pound. The glass is good and there was no noticeable image deterioration. I estimate it "eats" about one f-stop, so if you want to use it in low light situations, you'll have to consider adding light or kicking up the gain on your video camera.

        On the Panasonic HPX250, there is no vignetting at any zoom position. I found it a little tricky to line up the threads on the Panasonic lens to the WA adapter. I don't know if that's operator issues or has something to do with the threads themselves. Once aligned, it does fit securely and removes with no problems.

        A quick note, before purchasing the lens, I contacted 16x9 by email at 7AM NY time to ask a few pre-sales questions and got a response fro their sales director within a few minutes (they're in California, which would have been 3 hours behind, or 4AM) I don't know why they're checking eMail at 4Am, but that quick customer service definitly left me a very positive impression of the company.

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