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Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x)

B&H # PAVWWE08 Mfr # VW-WE08
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Product Highlights
  • Wide Angle Conversion Lens
  • 0.8x Magnification
  • 46mm Rear Thread Mount
  • Multi-Coated
  • Compatible with SDT750, HS700, TM700

Panasonic's VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens is a multi-coated wide angle adapter lens with 0.8x magnification, specifically designed for their HDC-SDT750, HDC-HS700, and HDC-TM700 camcorders. However, the VW-WE08 will work with any camcorder lenses that have a 46mm filter thread. Whether you're shooting a sweeping vista or you want to fit everyone in the group in the shot, the VW-WE08 is designed for your needs with its extra wide 0.8x framing.

0.8x magnification for extra wide angle shots that capture everyone in the frame, as well as sweeping vistas
46mm rear mount diameter - works with camcorder lenses that have a 46mm filter thread
Multi-coated lens for enhanced light transmission, along with flare and glare reduction
Designed specifically for Panasonic's HDC-SDT750, HDC-HS700, and HDC-TM700 camcorders
Magnification 0.8x
Zoom Through No
Rear Mount Diameter 46mm
Front Mount Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Construction, Elements/Groups Not specified by manufacturer
Lens Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Length Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 0.1 lb (55g)
Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x)
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicVW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x)
     
    3.2

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    56%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (5)
      • Panoramic filming (4)
      • Shooting outdoors (4)
      • Close up filming (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (4), Parent (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Quite handy

      Bought for my Panasonic TM700. Works great up to 4x zoom. Will not focus beyond that limit. Very light, well made. I really like that the lens element is held in a...Read complete review

      Bought for my Panasonic TM700. Works great up to 4x zoom. Will not focus beyond that limit. Very light, well made. I really like that the lens element is held in a ring that can be released from the part that screws into the front of the TM700's 46mm accessory threads. This means you can get the 0.8x demag when you need it and then access the full 12x zoom capability in a bit under a second. Nicely priced.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Easy to snap in and take out

      It's easy to snap in when you need wide angle, and eansy to take off when you don't need.
      But don't zoom in, it became blurred.

      It's easy to snap in when you need wide angle, and eansy to take off when you don't need.
      But don't zoom in, it became blurred.

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      5.0

      Just enough ,no distortion.

      By joferr1 and all

      from Arlingtonheights,il

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Close Up Filming

        Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

        Have A panasonic 900m and the lens gives the right amount of wide angle that is missing on its 35mm lens .I Like the quick release from the ring feature.

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        • No

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        2.0

        No lens cap included

        By Bob

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

              It comes in a hard plastic case, but without a basic lens cap. Minor issue? No, bec. I now have bought 3 different lens caps, and none work. (if anyone found a useable one, plese post it here!). The recommended 70mm push on was too small by a couple of mm. A 72 mm snap-on was right size, except since the lens bulges outwards, the lens cap's spring mechanism doesn't let the cap fit on the lens. And the 72mm push on cap is too big!

              Otherwise, I agree with all the previous reviews. The ability to quickly release/attach the lens from the camera is handy. Put the lack of zoom through is not. But price is right, unless you add the time trying to find a lens cap!

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              1.0

              Not enough Width

              By Moto411

              from New York, NY

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

              I returned the lens. It made very little difference seemed more like .9x

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              2.0

              disappointing

              By vrej

              from santa clarita, ca

              About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

              Cons

              • Not wide enough

              Best Uses

              • Panoramic Filming

              Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

              Reasonable cost for this lens but it just barely makes a slight difference in the overall view. Not really worth the effort and added weight. I went with a Raynox 0.66x lens instead. About $160 but you see significant difference.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Does the job, for the price-no complaint

              By irenaVision

              from New York, NY

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

                The wide angle converter works as I had expected. On the plus side, there is no noticeable vignetting or degradation of image quality. On the negative side, you cannot zoom past 4x with the adaptor on without losing focus. However I was aware of this when I purchased it so can't hold it against panasonic. I do wish it was wider, but I know that would come at a hefty price tag. I plan on using it for landscape timelapse type of footage so the loss of zooming power is a non-issue for me.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Not a lot of change

                By Gabriel G

                from Jerusalem, Israel

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Semi-pro Photographer, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy to interchange
                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Picture Quality
                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                Cons

                • expensive

                Best Uses

                • Close Up Filming
                • Panoramic Filming
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

                This is a good conversion lens the quality is very nice... it does what it says. I liked very much the interchange system, you place an adapter to your lens and then you can easily place and remove the conversion lens without the need to screw it.

                The problem is that the change is not that big to the image, and for the price it´s a bit expensive - but hey, it´s original gear, so there´s nothing to do here...

                A great addition to my camera gear, that will certainly pay its price when I actually need it indoor (specially) for a shot.

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                5.0

                Great adapter

                By Juice in Chicago

                from Windy City

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

                  This adapter is fantastic. It works like a charm and at this price you can't go wrong. Pick it up today for those really wide angle shots.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Easy to snap in and take out

                  By Walt the Shoes

                  from Dallas, Texas

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors

                    Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

                    It's easy to snap in when you need wide angle, and eansy to take off when you don't need.
                    But don't zoom in, it became blurred.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Quite handy

                    By Wilkey

                    from Northern Virginia

                    About Me Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Close Up Filming
                      • Panoramic Filming
                      • Shooting Indoors

                      Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

                      Bought for my Panasonic TM700. Works great up to 4x zoom. Will not focus beyond that limit. Very light, well made. I really like that the lens element is held in a ring that can be released from the part that screws into the front of the TM700's 46mm accessory threads. This means you can get the 0.8x demag when you need it and then access the full 12x zoom capability in a bit under a second. Nicely priced.

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Works but limits zoom range

                      By Wilkey

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Parent

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Does not focus beyond 4x
                      • Poor Clarity

                      Best Uses

                      • Panoramic Filming

                      Comments about Panasonic VW-WE08 Wide End Conversion Lens (0.8x):

                      Nowhere in any online documentation does it say that this converter lens does not work above approximately 4x zoom. Only in the in-box documentation does it tell that your cam may not focus on "tele." On a 12X Panasonic TM700, this is a fatal limitation. On the plus side, if you only intend to use it almost completely zoomed out wide, then it's quite acceptable. As for me, I'll be returning this and purchasing the significantly more expensive (and capable) Panasonic VW-W4607. You do get what you pay for.

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