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Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x)

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  • Designed for Flip Video
  • Attaches Easily with Magnetic Design
  • Tether Included

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Bower's .45x Wide Angle Magnetic Lens is designed for use with your Flip Video camera. This magnetic lens easily attaches to the Ultra, Mino, UltraHD, MinoHD, and SlideHD, and stays put thanks to the included tether and metal adapter rings. Capture more of the scene in your videos with this sturdy and affordable accessory for the popular Flip line of video cameras.

Designed for Flip Video camcorders: Ultra, Mino, UltraHD, MinoHD, SlideHD
Provides .45x magnification for your Flip video capture
Attaches to Flip Video camcorders magnetically, with ease
Included tether keeps lens attached to the camera, even when it's not in use
UPC: 636980410869
Magnification .45x
Zoom Through No
Rear Mount Diameter Magnetic diameter 0.8" (2.1cm)
Front Mount Diameter N/A
Construction, Elements/Groups Not specified by manufacturer
Lens Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Length Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 3.6 x 0.8"
Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x)
  • Tether
  • Pouch
  • Adapter Rings
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    BowerWide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x)
     
    4.3

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (24)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (10)
    • Compact (7)
    • Great picture quality (7)
    • Improves picture quality (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Close up filming (10)
    • Home movies (9)
    • Shooting indoors (9)
    • HD shooting (6)
    • Panoramic filming (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (6), Tech savvy (6), Enthusiast (4), Film professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy to Install and use

    I love the Flip Cam Ultra HD and often viewed online tutorials on how to modify the camera for wide angle lens. This does the job by affixing a magnetic hoop to the rim...Read complete review

    I love the Flip Cam Ultra HD and often viewed online tutorials on how to modify the camera for wide angle lens. This does the job by affixing a magnetic hoop to the rim of the lens. The lens sets to the camera with the magnet and it can be easily put on or removed. Comes with a strap to hang it on the camera and a cloth carrying case. You can achieve wide angle shots on the Flip without voiding your warranty.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works as advertised......BUT

    I have used the lens on a Flip during a couple of trips and around the house. The lens does improve the quality of your movies, but there is a big downside while...Read complete review

    I have used the lens on a Flip during a couple of trips and around the house. The lens does improve the quality of your movies, but there is a big downside while travelling. The magnet is not as strong as I would like, which means that you must be very careful when handling the camera. The lens can easily be detached from the camera because of the weak magnet. The "safety" cord that comes with lens is basically useless in terms of offering protection because the O-ring is not a tight fit on the lens. Finally, to safely carry the camera, while sightseeing, I detach and then reattached when you want to take a clip. What a pain, but I don't want to drop or lose the lens. However, I would recommend this lens if you are not on the go when taking clips. The lens does significantly improve picture quality.

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    4.0

    Like it so far...works well

    By BUZZ

    from Minneapolis. MN

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Close Up Filming

      Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

      Great for preventing the chopped off look when using a FLIP video. I buy these FLIPS on [*] for use by Boy Scouts in my troop. We produce videos after campouts to view at courts of honor. Parents love em.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Wide Angle Lens

      By Jon the Museum PR Guy

      from Columbus, GA

      About Me PR Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adds Versatility
      • Easy To Use
      • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Close Up Filming
        • Shooting Indoors

        Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

        I was warned by other reviews that the picture would not be hugely different, and that is the case.

        However, this lens does give you a good option for close shots or shots where you can't back up further to widen the field of view.

        Installation was simple as can be, and overall, I'm quite impressed. I tad wider picture would be nice, but let's face it, we're talking about an add-on lens for a tiny camera - well done.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Much needed improvement!

        By Traveler D

        from Colorado

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Close Up Filming
          • Shooting Indoors

          Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

          Installs quickly and easily. Provides the wider viewing angle with clarity and makes the Flip camera much more usable IMO.

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          • No

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          4.0

          It is fine but a bit awkward to use

          By ggp

          from Keyport, NJ and NYC, NY

          About Me Artist videographer, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to carry around
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Awkward connection

          Best Uses

          • For wide angle shots

          Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

          A bit awkward to put on and connect it to the Flip Mino so it doesn't fall off.
          I use it to make videos - and this enables me to have a bit of a wide-angle.
          I think it makes the images a bit less crisp.

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          • No

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          4.0

          a little misleading...

          By DavidLMM

          from Nashville TN

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Lens caps hard to remove

          Best Uses

          • Close Up Filming
          • Shooting Indoors

          Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

          I have six Flip MiniHDs that I set up in various locations to record ongoing tasks. The idea of a magnetically mounted WA lens was appealing, as I could move it around as needed. Calling this magnetically mounted is a bit of a misnomer - it's mounted onto the camera by an adhesive ring, to which the lens is affixed. Fortunately for me, three adhesive rings are included, so I'll still be able to swap this lens from camera to camera. Surprised no one else has pointed this out in the many comments.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent lens!

          By Bob

          from Panama City, FL

          About Me Parent, Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Occasionally do not use

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

          I use this lens 90+ percent of the time for capturing action in a limited area short of a fish eye lens. Does an excellent job and is a must have.

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          4.0

          great add on

          By flipped

          from arizona

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors

            Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

            adds a bit of area to your indoors shooting.
            Not great but dirt cheap and works OK

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            • No

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            5.0

            Magical!

            By Lucía

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Film Professional, Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

              It's amazing how this little lens can improve the picture quality...

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              • No

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              2.0

              Needs to be wider

              By Al

              from Frederick, MD

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

              Cons

              • Not nearly wide enough

              Best Uses

              • Panoramic Filming

              Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

              It was easy to set up, but I was unable to tell much difference between the scene with this lens on and with it off. It was a little wider, but not enough. In the car, the Flip at its widest setting showed the car radio from the driver's seat. With it installed, it showed part of the steering wheel and the car radio. I was hoping for a lot wider.

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              5.0

              You need this!

              By jkarczmit

              from East Brunswick, NJ

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Picture Quality
              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder
              • Makes the Flip a nice cam

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Close Up Filming
                • Panoramic Filming
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                The main reason my Flip has been sitting on a shelf for the past year is because the lens is just not wide enough. OK, I can move back 30 feet every time I want to shoot something. That doesn't really fly indoors. It really is the biggest let down of owning a Flip. Image stabilization would be nice, but the lens is the real deal breaker. Looking at the Flip, you would never imagine that anything could really be done to fix the problem. Bower has figured out a darned good solution. You stick a magnetic ring around the lens area (they provide 3 or 4 of them) and the wide angle adaptor just snaps on magnetically. Stays on even on a roller coaster (plus it's tethered, so you can't lose it). Image quality is really quite good. It's tough to say if I can notice any softening of the image at all. If you don't line it up right, you may get a tiny bit of vignetting, but just nudge the lens and you are OK. If you own a Flip, for the price, you really have to buy one of these. You will love it and use the Flip again!

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                5.0

                very nice addition to my video.

                By Kai

                from San Diego Ca.

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                  easy to use, nice addition

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Not what I expected but still satisfied

                  By aldrin

                  from royersford, pa

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear lens
                  • Improves Picture Quality

                  Cons

                  • Requires a stick-on metal

                  Best Uses

                  • Close Up Filming
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                  The lens is very good and very clear. However, I was expecting something that could utilize the built in ring around the flip's lens. Still very satisfied.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By bg2somalts

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                    I use my new wide angle lens with both my digital camera and my FlipCamera. It works well with both, but having a wide angle lens for the Flip is the greatest difference in your field of view.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Easy, effective

                    By Pauly D

                    from NYC

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                      A must have for the Flip...

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Wide Angle Magnetic Lens f/Flip

                      By birdies1

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                        Well...I haven't had a chance to use it much yet, but so far, I haven't noticed much of a change in the width of the picture. Just used it out of window. Leaving for vacation and will have a better chance to play with it. It attaches OK, but needs some play to eliminate a ring.

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                        1.0

                        Not worth the $

                        By DVP

                        from Gilbert, AZ

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • None

                        Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                        Bought this lens for my Flip Ultra and it did provide a "slightly" wider field of view. If you are thinking about buying this, keep your expectations low and remember that it is a .45x lens.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Just what I needed!

                        By Travis Period

                        from Santa Ana, CA

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                          This lens gave my Flip exactly the viewing area I needed. The Flip is a great camera, but has a very small viewing area. I love the new recording area with the new lens.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Anyone with a Flip needs to Buy one now.

                          By LensFlare

                          from Wisconsin

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies

                            Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                            Great proudct very simple (a four old could use it)Hand strap incorporates into your Flip hand strap so that your lens is always right there and ready to use. No negatives for this product.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Works as advertised......BUT

                            By Doug

                            from Albany, NY

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                            • Easily detached

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting

                            Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                            I have used the lens on a Flip during a couple of trips and around the house. The lens does improve the quality of your movies, but there is a big downside while travelling. The magnet is not as strong as I would like, which means that you must be very careful when handling the camera. The lens can easily be detached from the camera because of the weak magnet. The "safety" cord that comes with lens is basically useless in terms of offering protection because the O-ring is not a tight fit on the lens. Finally, to safely carry the camera, while sightseeing, I detach and then reattached when you want to take a clip. What a pain, but I don't want to drop or lose the lens. However, I would recommend this lens if you are not on the go when taking clips. The lens does significantly improve picture quality.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great add on the the flip camera

                            By dklove

                            from N.J.

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Movies/Short Films

                              Comments about Bower Wide Angle Magnetic Lens (.45x):

                              The lens worked better than expected.I really like the simplicity of the Flip and once I had a look at the w/a lens I knew I must have it.It's design is genius in it's ease of use and versatility.

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