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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:12 pm 

After a not very successful purchase of a Panasonic TZ7 I have decided to keep my current camera and try to improve it. I currently have an Xacti HD1010 which I love, but the only thing that could improve it is a wider field of view. Currently its lens spec is the 35mm equivilent of 38-380 mm ... 4MP-Photos

I know that wide angle lenses are available, but the two that I have found are described as either 2X TELEPHOTO & 0.45X WIDE ANGLE W/ MACRO or 0.5X Wide Angle & MACRO lens I wasn't sure if I was allowed to post links to an auction, so I didn't. I can if anyone needs more information.

I undestand when something is described as 25mm that it is very wide and, but I don't undestand the 0.45 x or 0.50 x. Which is the better lens? I am not bothered by the macro ability, I simply want to get a wider angle.

What would either of thoses lenses give me in 35mm terms please? Also, would I still be able to use my full 10x zoom without any distortion?

Many thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:29 pm 
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The wideangle lens will multiply your reach by 0.45x, so if your previous coverage was 38-380, your coverage with the wideangle adapter will be 17-171 mm (35 mm equivalent).

Beware though that such a lens can add distortion, vignetting, loss of sharpness, and in the worst case you even lose infinity focus (fairly important imho). If they aren't too expensive you could give it a shot, but the least expensive models will probably also be the worst lenses.

Your call. Distorted wideangle is better than no wideangle at all, I guess.

I take pictures so quickly, my highschool was "Continuous High".

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:44 pm 
Thank you for your reply. Below is a description from the sellers Ad:

0.45X Professional Wide Angle w/ Macro Lens Black
Back Thread 52mm Straight
62mm Front Threads For Filter
High Definition Digital Lens
Professional High Speed Auto Focus
High Quality Crystal Optics
Auto Focus
Infrared Compatible
High Resolution Precision Optics, Day or Night
Great for Every Type of Photographic Situation
10 Year Warranty

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