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Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens

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Product Highlights
  • 0.8x Magnification
  • 30 and 37mm Adapters

The Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens helps you capture even more in every shot with 0.8x magnification. This lens fits onto any 30mm or 37mm lens thanks to the included adapters. When you're not using the conversion lens an included carrying case keeps it protected.

High Definition
Certified high definition image capture
Wide-End
Ideal for any situation where you want to get more in the frame
Protection
Includes a protective carrying case to protect your lens from dust and scratches
Magnification 0.8x
Zoom Through Not specified by manufacturer
Rear Mount Diameter 30mm adapter ring
37mm adapter ring
Front Mount Diameter N/A
Construction, Elements/Groups 1 group/1 element
Lens Diameter 2.4" (60mm)
Length 0.65" (16.5mm)
Weight 1.4 oz (38g)
Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens
  • 30mm Adapter Ring
  • 37mm Adapter Ring
  • Protective Carrying Case
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    SonyVCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens
     
    3.8

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (11)
    • Lightweight (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Weddings (6)
      • Low light (5)
      • Video (5)
      • Sports/action (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      For Late Model Sony Camcorders

      I purchased the VCL-HGE08B to use with my HDRcx560v. My model comes with the G Wide lens from the factory, however I wanted something to fit the family at the dining table or car...Read complete review

      I purchased the VCL-HGE08B to use with my HDRcx560v. My model comes with the G Wide lens from the factory, however I wanted something to fit the family at the dining table or car without having to pan around and something quick and easy to install. This lens fits that bill perfectly. This lens is 37mm, and screws onto a Sony engineered adapter supplied (also supports 30mm, included). Quick on, quick off, includes a very nice Sony lens carry case for when the lens is not needed. I also purchased a 55mm Sony Lens cap so that while the new lens is off camera (most of the time), I am protecting the newly installed adapter insert. Looks sharp! (smart looking lens cap: order Sony part #ALCF55G or plain jane Sony part #ALCF55A) With the lens installed, and the optional Battery part # FV70, camera is balanced in my hand (I also use optional Sony Grip part # GP-AVT1). Please take note of the following: In actual tests I just conducted in my vast home studios:I am converting a already wide lens by a factor of .80 Meaning that, the frame is full, but sharp from edge to edge from beginning of ZOOM, to about 55% of full ZOOM where the camera loses focus. The included instructions from the Sony engineers states that manual focus is available there after, HOWEVER, for my purposes, 1/2 of zoom, is way more than I'll ever require and did not attempt. Meaning, i can walk into the living room, stand in the middle of the room, and fit half the room in frame, in focus, with very very sharp detail. enough for me! Also note, camcorder will disable photo features (flash), night shot,infra-remote while adapter is on camera for safety purposes. All in all, I am very pleased and the camera looks as if it came from the factory as modified. May be the best [$] (plus cap) accessory Sony offers, value wise!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Does the job - needs a Lens Cap

      I use this on a Sony Camcorder as a backup camera for behind the scenes work during my still photo shoots The wide angle is almost mandatory in tight spaces as the camera's built in...Read complete review

      I use this on a Sony Camcorder as a backup camera for behind the scenes work during my still photo shoots The wide angle is almost mandatory in tight spaces as the camera's built in lens is not wide at all.The lens works as advertised as long as you don't zoom to a telephoto setting with the camera. If you do - the lens has a near impossible time with auto focus. This shouldn't be a problem since you generally purchase a wide angle adapter to show more area and not zoom in.It is a sizable front element that comes with a case but NO lens caps. This is definitely a cheap way out for Sony - offering optical glass with no caps - only a zippered case.

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      3.0

      If you need it buy it.

      By Seco

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

        I am using it for indoor video recoding.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Does the job - needs a Lens Cap

        By Joe Edelman

        from Allentown, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • No lens cap

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

        I use this on a Sony Camcorder as a backup camera for behind the scenes work during my still photo shoots The wide angle is almost mandatory in tight spaces as the camera's built in lens is not wide at all.The lens works as advertised as long as you don't zoom to a telephoto setting with the camera. If you do - the lens has a near impossible time with auto focus. This shouldn't be a problem since you generally purchase a wide angle adapter to show more area and not zoom in.It is a sizable front element that comes with a case but NO lens caps. This is definitely a cheap way out for Sony - offering optical glass with no caps - only a zippered case.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        A little expensive but excellent product

        By Sierra1

        from Birmingham, Alabama

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

        Kind of expensive but it is nice. I can now get more in the frame using this product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent product!

        By djclem

        from indiana

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

          This lens is a perfect fit for my Sony camcorder! Has crystal clear HD without any distortion at all!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Wide angle Sony HD video lens.

          By Micheal

          from Calgary, Alberta

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

            Good addition to a compact HD camcorder, allowing broader recording area. Thanks to past reviews I will be cautious past the half zoom, due to blur. Great for indoor Christmas recording, and cheap!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Ok Wide Lens but blurry at points

            By Rich from Northeast

            from New York City

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

            I tried to use this lens to capture more within small rooms. When zoomed all the way out it works ok. there is definitely more in the frame. The downside to this is that the picture becomes extremely blurry after zooming at about half way and on.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            For Late Model Sony Camcorders

            By Kevbo

            from Simi Valley, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

              I purchased the VCL-HGE08B to use with my HDRcx560v. My model comes with the G Wide lens from the factory, however I wanted something to fit the family at the dining table or car without having to pan around and something quick and easy to install. This lens fits that bill perfectly. This lens is 37mm, and screws onto a Sony engineered adapter supplied (also supports 30mm, included). Quick on, quick off, includes a very nice Sony lens carry case for when the lens is not needed. I also purchased a 55mm Sony Lens cap so that while the new lens is off camera (most of the time), I am protecting the newly installed adapter insert. Looks sharp! (smart looking lens cap: order Sony part #ALCF55G or plain jane Sony part #ALCF55A) With the lens installed, and the optional Battery part # FV70, camera is balanced in my hand (I also use optional Sony Grip part # GP-AVT1). Please take note of the following: In actual tests I just conducted in my vast home studios:I am converting a already wide lens by a factor of .80 Meaning that, the frame is full, but sharp from edge to edge from beginning of ZOOM, to about 55% of full ZOOM where the camera loses focus. The included instructions from the Sony engineers states that manual focus is available there after, HOWEVER, for my purposes, 1/2 of zoom, is way more than I'll ever require and did not attempt. Meaning, i can walk into the living room, stand in the middle of the room, and fit half the room in frame, in focus, with very very sharp detail. enough for me! Also note, camcorder will disable photo features (flash), night shot,infra-remote while adapter is on camera for safety purposes. All in all, I am very pleased and the camera looks as if it came from the factory as modified. May be the best [$] (plus cap) accessory Sony offers, value wise!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              great add-on

              By crossbotn

              from crossville, tn

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

                on-stage group shooting

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                A litlle accesorie but practice

                By Alejo Alarcas

                from San Cristobal Chis Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

                  Easy and good to use with my handycam

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By weetwo

                  from Richmond Va

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

                    Great price. I used it this past weekend in Annapolis MD while out on the bay! Allowed me to get more of the bridge than without.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for those with a tight budget

                    By digitalpoodle2000

                    from Seattle, Wa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony VCL-HGE08B 30mm/37mm Wide-End Conversion Lens:

                      I use this when i shoot indoors. It is not as great as the more expensive optics and with a x25 optical zoom, i only get a little over half of my usable zoom before it blurs out, but it gets the job done.

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