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CanonWD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x)
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (32)
  • Interfaces well with camcorder (24)
  • Improves picture quality (14)
  • Compact (7)
  • Great picture quality (7)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Shooting indoors (24)
  • Panoramic filming (20)
  • Shooting outdoors (19)
  • Close up filming (14)
  • Home movies (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (18), Aspiring film maker (8), Film professional (8), Semi-pro (5), Parent (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

You really need one of these!

Anyone that has purchased the Canon HF S10 or HF S100 camcorders (or similar prosumer level camcorders) quickly comes to realize the irritation of limited wide-angle capability in some situations. I have the...Read complete review

Anyone that has purchased the Canon HF S10 or HF S100 camcorders (or similar prosumer level camcorders) quickly comes to realize the irritation of limited wide-angle capability in some situations. I have the Vixia HF S100, which is a fantastic camera by the way, and has incredible optics at this price level. But for those close-in candid shots of people, or to get a real sense of location in medium or long shots, you definitely crave a few extra few mm of wide angle perspective. And for documentary work, I find the wide-end is generally more useful than extremes of focal length.

I did a quick check and it seems most semi-pro "to-go" zoom video lenses go down to about 30mm (35mm equivalent). The Lens on the Vixia HF S100 / S10 has a minimum focal length of 43.5mm, so x0.7 converts it to around 30.5mm, putting it in good company with many more expensive peers.

Okay, so how is the WD-H58 in use? I have to say I am really very impressed. I have done still photography for some years and played around with various optical systems: Add-on lens converters are often a manufacturer's after-thought and inevitably a crude design compromise, resulting in visible degradation of image quality - resolution, contrast, chromatic fringing etc.

Clearly Canon did their homework on this one, and I would hazard to guess conceived the WD-H58 from ground-up, in conjunction with the built-in Vixia lens. Images are crystal clear. Without the aid of optical tests I would be hard put to know that I actually had a converter on - except that the world is now a bit bigger.

The only apparent artifact is slight barreling at the extreme wide end. This is par for the course for most wide angle lenses, unless you want to pay lots of money. On architectural scenes this might be an issue for some, but will be unnoticeable or irrelevant for most users.

Overall I would highly recommend this accessory. To me it brings the Vixia up a big notch in functionality, and all that glass looks pretty cool too! Basically, the thing is fused permanently to the front of my camera. As a budding documentary maker I can now comfortably frame all my shots, and the results are just stunning.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but super heavy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It very good wide angle converter lens as it allow you to have the best quality of Video and Image. I use it with my Canon HF S21. I think this is the best...Read complete review

It very good wide angle converter lens as it allow you to have the best quality of Video and Image. I use it with my Canon HF S21. I think this is the best quality wide angle converter for my canon camcorder. However it super heavy!!!!! you need the tripod to go with this. If you think by carrying tripod is not possible or you filming just for fun please do not buy this as when you zoom. It will give you an unstable video as the weight of the lens On the other hand with the tripod the weight is not the problem at all ^^ so this thing work very great.

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2.0

Great Lens BUT don't loose the Cap Dust!

By TV STUDIO

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Teacher

Pros

    Cons

    • No Replacement Dust Cap

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

      Agree with everything said! Give 2 stars BECAUSE...

      Canon do not sell the Dust Cap lens to protect the lens. If you lost it, good luck to find a replacement Canon doesn't bother to sell them.
      Working in High school it was a little bit expected even with multiple reminder to pay attention at the Dust Cap.
      Very disappointing from Canon!

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      5.0

      What a difference.

      By Volleyball Coach

      from Iowa City, Iowa

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Panoramic Filming
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

        I used this for taping volleyball matches. The lens allows me to see the entire court without being so far back. It is a heavy lens, so I doubt I can use it on my table top tripod, but am pleased with purchase.

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        4.0

        WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (o.7x)

        By Reddogg

        from New York City

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Close Up Filming

          Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

          I bought this converter for my canon xf100 camera. While it adds a bit of weight to the front end of the camera, it is easily managable. One important thing to note is that you cannot zoom out completely without getting a bit of vignetting. You can still use most of the zoom but at the max - you cannot.

          While I think this is a good converter, I ended up returning it for a wider converter that gave me a .43x angle by another company.

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          4.0

          Great addition to any 58mm lens

          By Danny Boy

          from Woodbridge, Va

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • No Threads On End Of Adap

          Best Uses

          • Panoramic Filming

          Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

          While this works well on the Canon Vixia camcorders, it also works pretty well as a cheap adapter, turning a 58mm lens into a wide angle lens. 58mm is a standard width on a standard lens (50mm focal length). I have used this on a 58mm width lens and gotten pretty good results. It is a whole lot lighter then a wide angle zoom lens too!

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          5.0

          Five Stars Purchase

          By champersnova

          from istanbul

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

            The product is everything I was expecting. Quality angle for an adaptor. Purchased it with the best price I could find BY FAR. Thanks B&H!

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Wow

            By CJW

            from Stamford, CT

            About Me Film Professional

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors

              Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

              I'm surprised at how much this lens added to frame and look of the video. It just looks more professional to my eye, which is the main purpose of a lens.

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              4.0

              Great tool to have on hand.

              By RetroEdge Media

              from Springfield, MO

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Panoramic Filming
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                This lens has a quality build. Helps you get everything into the frame without much distortion. It does tend to soften the image a little though, at least when shooting under lower light conditions. I didn't notice any softness outdoors during the day.

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                5.0

                Really see all of the big picture

                By The cadet's Major

                from Gary, IN

                About Me Tech Savvy, Videography Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adds A Pro Look To Camera
                • Improves Picture Quality
                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                Cons

                • No Filter Threads On Lens

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Wedding Videography

                Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                The fine piece of metal and glass is amazing. The WD-H58 really widens the image dramatically. The cost is steep, unless you catch it on special, as I did at B&H. I wanted this to compliment my Canon Vixia HF S200 and it's a perfect fit. I previously tried an inexpensive W/A converter and the image was horrible at the edges soft and color abberation. This will be used for taping church services and weddings where many people wouldn't normally fit into the frame and in cramped places. This lens is heavy and feels very substantive in the hands. It helps improve image contrast and with it's full multi coated green and purple lens it cuts harsh light glare. This item does it job and looks professional on the camcorder too.

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                5.0

                Get the whole picture

                By The Major

                from Gary, Indiana

                About Me Tech Savvy, Video Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • All Business Look
                • Improves Picture Quality
                • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                Cons

                • No Outside Filter Threads

                Best Uses

                • Panoramic Filming
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Wedding And Choir Setting

                Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                The Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter is the perfect compliment to my Canon Vixia HF S200. This fine piece of metal and glass widens the image from my video camera considerably. The full multi coated lens, with it's deep green and purple hue really blocks stray light and adds contrast to the images. This instrument is heavy and feels substantial in the hands. Almost bought the Raynox HD Pro 6600. I'am glad I went with my camera manufacturer Canon because their lens would be a perfect match to their equipment. Also B&H photo service is great and professional too

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                5.0

                Awesome! WD-H58

                By Mark from LA

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Film Professional

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                  A huge investment. Get closer and intimate. Get spacious. Whatever. A true quality piece of gear. Now admittedly, it is bulk, a bit heavy, etc., but for what it does (and does well), it is necessary. I dismiss cons that are self-obvious such as - adding weight to the front. Any good optic adds weight and shifts balance. And as a general rule, wider POV is often necessary and there are only a couple of pieces of gear that simply do this well.

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                  4.0

                  As good as, if not better than expected

                  By Kevin

                  from Canberra, Australia

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Interfaces Well With Camcorder
                  • Quality And Usefullness

                  Cons

                  • Bulky Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Close Up Filming
                  • Shooting Indoors

                  Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                  Using this lens for tripod video use indoors. Made the small room problem go away. Taking footage of operating historic printing machinery which are large and this lens made it happen beautifully.

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                  5.0

                  The Best invesment for my camera!

                  By Jeff the Jedi Master

                  from Chicago, IL., Mill Valley, CA

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Best Wide Angle Lens
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Picture Quality
                  • Increased Range
                  • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                  Cons

                  • A Tad Heavybut Worth It

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                  I have been doing some filming lately with my Canon HFS21 and have found myself needing more range. So I did some research and found a few wide angle options for my camera. I chose this Canon lens due to the fact that it has little to no distortion and did not diminish quality at all. As a matter of fact it appears to have improved the optical quality on my camera. My videos tend to appear sharper than they do without it. It is a very well made, high quality lens that I highly recommend for anyone who has a camera with a 58mm filter diameter. I just absolutely love this lens, this is THE wide angle to buy!

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                  5.0

                  why did I not get this sooner ?

                  By Greyghost

                  from anywhere outdoors

                  About Me Film Professional, Wildlife Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great clarity
                  • Interfaces Well With Camcorder
                  • No Vignette

                  Cons

                  • No Lens Shade

                  Best Uses

                  • Close Up Filming
                  • In Ground Blinds
                  • Panoramic Filming
                  • Shooting Indoors

                  Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                  I mostly do outdoor wildlife video and now use ground blinds that are easy to video out of but without this lens they are difficult to video inside of. The ability get interior shots now is a great asset to completing a video and the lens is as true in color and has no vignette. I know it will be great indoors as well.

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                  5.0

                  Works Great! Low Distortion

                  By Jeffaok

                  from Sequim, Wa

                  About Me Semi-Pro Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Panoramic Filming
                    • Shooting interviews

                    Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                    Shooting trade shows, tech seminars, weddings, memorial services and 90+year old birthday parties.

                    Fits camera very well
                    Adds stabilizing mass
                    Aids in getting whole group in picture in small rooms.
                    Adds a professional look to the camera
                    Very low distortion, adds flexibility to shooting

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                    5.0

                    Best addition ever to my camcorder!!

                    By Dan the man

                    from Madison Heights, MI

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    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 Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                      All I can say is WOW! The build quality of this lens is top notch! Shooting indoors is so awesome now. I can fit more people in the frame at a closer distance. Outside is awesome too. I own the Canon Vixia HF S20. The auto-focus works perfectly through this lens. I can use the full zoom range with no problems. I plan to pretty much leave this lens on my camcorder all the time. As some others have said, the lens cap is very hard to remove. This is not the case for me. It is tight enough so it won't come off in my camera bag. My video kinda looks sharper with this lens. Very pleased!

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                      5.0

                      Stunning Panoramas, Life Saver Indoors

                      By Smilin' Jim

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Panoramic Filming
                        • Shooting Indoors

                        Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                        My raison detre for getting into video was to better capture panoramic landscapes. This lens mounted on the S30 knocks it out of the park. One sweep and you have captured the scene as well as the audio background that gives the place it's ambiance.

                        I've been photographing weddings, parties, family dinners and other family gatherings for decades and have learned to love the wide-angle lens and its ability to shrink the room. Indoors this lens does everything my SLR lenses do but do it in a much more compact way.

                        The lens weighs as much as the camera I use with it. That comes with the territory when you try to bend light as any SLR photographer knows. Yet, oddly, the lens does not alter the balance perceptively. Perhaps I have a more robust wrist than those who have noted some difficulty. I also find that the extra mass enhances the stability of the camera.

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                        5.0

                        MUST HAVE ACCESSORY

                        By JMitre

                        from El Paso, TX

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                          This thing is expensive, BUT.... it will add a very professional look to your film projects so in the end it will pay for itself. I found a Cavision lens hood 77mm that you can use with this lens if you just patiently sand the plastic interior ring of the lens hood, but don't do this if you're not good with do it yourself type of things......

                          If you can, I would recommend buying the teleconverter lens as well, have both for virtually unlimited shooting possibilities.

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                          4.0

                          I would buy this product again.

                          By Dennis

                          from Michigan

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Works well in many ways

                              Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                              Excellent Lense. Does exactly what it is designed to do.

                              Keep in mind that this lense is heavy. Do not plan on using this lense with a light weight cheap tripod.

                              I would definetly buy it again

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Adapter!!

                              By Lead[*]

                              from Oak Harbor, WA 98277

                              About Me Parent

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Indoor Use
                              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder
                              • Must have accessory

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Anytime
                              • Anywhere
                              • Close Up Filming
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                              I think I will keep it on all the time. Works great for indoor use where space is limited.

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                              5.0

                              Great Lens

                              By TechnoDad

                              from St. Louis

                              About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                              Cons

                              • Bulky Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon WD-H58 Wide Converter Lens (0.7x):

                                I'm just a working Dad who shoots for hobby and mostly shoot my kids in whatever activity they are in and vacations.

                                Does what it claims, no artifacts added to image.

                                Adds a lot of weight to the front of the camera making it difficult to shoot from hand. Recommend using a tripod when using this lens.

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