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Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread

B&H # VIV4372W Mfr # VIV-43-72W
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Product Highlights
  • Gives Wide-Angle View .43x of Host Lens
  • For 72mm Filter Thread
  • Steel Barrel Design
  • Uses 82mm Filters
  • Infrared Compatible

The Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread is a wide angle lens attachment that fits on video and still cameras with a 72mm filter thread. It offers a much wider angle of view than the camera's lens capability. The lens attachment uses 82mm filters.

Gives wide-angle view .43x of host lens
This lens attachment fits on all video and digital still cameras with a 72mm filter thread.
Steel barrel design
Uses 82mm filters
Infrared compatible
Type Wide Angle Attachment
Format Video and Digital Still Cameras
Lens Mount 72mm Filter Thread
Zoom Through Yes
Magnification 0.43x
Converted Focal Length Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) Not specified by manufacturer
Filter Size 82mm
Dimensions (LxW) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 9.6 oz
272g
Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Carrying Case
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    Vivitar.43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread
     
    3.6

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          2.0

          not good with Tamron 28-75/2.8

          By Dzmitry

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Ugly vignetting

          Best Uses

          • Lomo-photografy

          Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

          I tried the converter with Tamron 28-75/2.8 and Canon 5D Mark II and returned it immediately. It had two features (flaws) that make this converter useless for my goals.
          The first thing was it made most of the picture blurry with open aperture. Saying "most of the picture", I mean that you may choose if the center of the picture is sharp but farther from center it becomes blurrier in radial fashion and completely out of focus in the corners. You can make sharp a ring shaped area so that center and corners of the picture are out of focus. But you cannot get whole picture sharp.
          The second thing that I didn't like was vignetting. On 28mm, I understood why people said in their reviews that the vignetting was the main reason their returned the converter. The vignetting was ugly - it started very close to the corners and grew very intensely to the point that dark that I don't think it's possible to fix it with software.

          On the bright side:
          The body of the lens looks strong and gives you feeling of heavy glass and metal thing not that plastic stuff.
          I didn't find serious troubles with auto-focus when I used central focusing point. Yes, it was not as simple to focus as it is with lenses that have whole picture sharp but I guess it was ok for this kind of lens. Talking about "this kind of lens", I mean that this converter converted my Tamron 28-75/2.8 into some kind of "lensbaby" with touch of Lomo-photograpy impression. So, I think this converter might be good for those who are looking for such creative effects but my goal was just to extend field of view of my lens without any effects (or defects in other terms).

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          3.0

          Problem using with HPX-250

          By Scubadave

          from New Jersey

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Free case

          Cons

          • Soft focus
          • Vignetting

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

            Attempted to use with a Panasonic HPX-250.

            Purchased to shoot B-Roll of building interiors. The lens is very sharp and I had no problems with it from that perspective. My problem is that when used with the Panasonic HPX-250, there is vignetting in the corners of the screen. If you zoom in to loose the vignetting, you are much tighter than if you just use the standard HPX-250 lens on full wide.

            The image was also soft. I was testing it indoors, with natural light, with an iris at about f4. Vignetting issues aside, this is not a good accessory to use with an HD Video camera.

            Construction was solid and the lens comes with a leatherette case that should protect it well.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Berti

            from Brooklyn NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

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              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

              I used in my sx30is canon powershut , just for wider open , using a step up 67mm to 72mm,it works great but not opening the zoom. The quality is good.

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              4.0

              Good value for money

              By enginiz

              from Istanbul, Turkey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

                I am using Nikon D700. I needed a wide angle lens.
                My only choice was 14-24 f/2,8. First, I decided to go with an auxiliary lens to be added on Nikkor 24-85 f/2,8 if. The.43x Wide Angle Lens worth it's price. The center on the image is near perfect, very little vigneting, but blurry on the corners. It may not match what you expect from a wide angle.
                But if you use the macro side and crop it to the middle the result is not bad at all.
                My final word is "this add-on is by far good value for it's price"

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                2.0

                Not Worth It

                By Tripp

                from Key West, Fl.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

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                      Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

                      [Note: I have a Nikon D5000, which has an ASP-C size sensor of 1.5x crop factor. Throughout this review, I will only be specifying the 35mm format focal lengths.]I didn't expect too too much when buying this, as shortcuts don't generally pay off. But, I figured, if I could turn my 27mm lens into a 12mm lens for this price, I'll put up with the reduced picture quality, chromatic aberration, and lens flares to do it. What I assumed was that they were properly advertising the 0.43x multiplier on the lens.Let's start with the good things: the construction of the piece is actually quite good, and I had no problem getting it to attach to the camera. It comes with a Macro adapter that must be used with the wide angle converter to give usable focal range, but can be used separately to allow for amazingly close-up photographs. At 27mm I got a reproduction ratio of 1:3.6, but at 300mm it was an astounding 1:1.1.The bad news is that the magnification of the lens is closer to .80x (making my 27mm a 21-22mm; not really worth it), has heavy vignetting that can't be corrected without cropping (which pretty much reduces the lens back down to its original focal length), severe chromatic aberration, and distorts strait lines rather much for a normal lens (non-fisheye).I'm not really pleased with this converter[...]It was the first time I had ever tried an auxiliary lens piece and now at least I know to go with a proper lens instead. One good thing about this experience though has been the introduction to macro-photography; I have always wanted to give it a shot, and after getting a chance to photograph objects so closely I think I'll get a macro lens next.

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                      5.0

                      Suprisingly capable

                      By CB

                      from Maryland

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

                        Image quality was great. I was pleasantly surprised, given the low price, how well this worked. Helped me take better interior home images.

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                        4.0

                        Good for the price

                        By Bow hunter

                        from Ellsworth ME

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vivitar .43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 72mm Filter Thread:

                            The lens works good, however I cant use the sunshade on my canon xha1 video camera when using it. [...]. Still a good low cost lens

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