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Jun042008

Sony HDR-TG3 with a Wide Angle Lens

TG3 With Lens Attached

I briefly owned a Sanyo HD1000 camcorder. This camera has a particularly narrow field of vision so I also bought a wide angle lens attachment for it. It turns out that the lens was dreadful as objects off to the sides were totally out of focus. This was my first taste of separate lenses as I've always bought cameras that don't accommodate lenses. (No SLR's, DSLRs in my history). Despite the poor results this experience made me more aware of the potential of lenses and how they can be very useful under the correct circumstances.



When I recently bought the Sony TG3 I was aware that due to it's design this camera couldn't accommodate any lens accessories - but that's a small price to pay for a beautiful tiny camera with a built in lens cap (unlike the HD1000). The field of vision of the TG3 is considerably better than the HD1000 and pretty much on a par with all the other compact camcorders.

However, inspired by my experiences I made it my mission to seek out a way of getting a wide angle lens to fit the Sony TG3. I only intend to use this when absolutely necessary, when there is no other way to get the shot I desire. I have this niggling concern that on my holiday I will be stood in front of the colosseum in Rome and my camera will only manage to get two or three pillars in shot at once and I'll have no option but to pan left and right to give an impression of the majesty of the thing.

I only want to use a wide angle lens on very very rare occasions, just the odd shot here and there. The main reason for getting a TG3 was pocketability and I don't want to compromise this.

Anyway, I managed to find a 0.45x wide angle lens that is supposed to attach magnetically to a digital compact stills camera. It arrived today. Its not exactly professional quality - but it's good enough. The Lens comes in a small bag, and has two lens caps, one for each sides of the lens (these fall off a bit too easy) and a lanyard to attach it to your camera or camera strap. Also in the bag are two self adhesive magnetic hoops and the rear portion of the lens itself is magnetic. The idea is that you stick a magnetic loop to the lens on a camera and then magnetically attach the lens to this loop when required.



The LensSize Comparison

The first problem I encountered is that the area surrounding the lens on the Sony is slightly recessed from the front. The base of the lens was just a couple of mm too wide to fit in the recess and therefore would be unable to touch the magnetic loop. I solved this by stacking both loops on top of each other so that they were now level with the front of the camera.



Magnetic Loops 1Stacked loops

The only other problem is that the camera shows slightly less on the LCD screen than what is actually recorded. So when recording I can't see any lens infringement on the corners of the image - but when it comes to editing the vignetting is quite apparent in the corners if the lens isn't lined up absolutely perfectly. The solution is to zoom in a bit when using the lens .

The operation of the camera is un-infringed by the magnetic metal loop and the flash bulb is still visible (although it gets blocked if the lens is attached). I believe that the camera's aesthetics remain pretty much intact and the extra flexibility afforded by this modification is worth the slight disruption in the neat design. It is completely reversible too, the metal loop can be peeled off and the camera restored to it's normal state.

Attached 1Lens Front View

I wouldn't call it a 100% success due to the lens being visible in the corners of the image unless extra special care is taken. However I do think it's as near as I can get given the limited space available to mount a lens. It'll be good enough for me for the handful of times I'll need to use it.

TG3 Without Wide Angle Lens

TG3 Without

TG3 With Wide Angle Lens

TG3 With Wide Angle Lens

HD1000 With & Without Wide Angle Lens (for comparison)

HD1000 Wide HD1000 Normal

Click to Download a Sony HDR-TG3 Video Of Pachinko/Pachislo Machines With & Without the Lens Attached

Click to Download a Sony HDR-TG3 video of Wigan Park with and without the lens attached

(I slightly cropped this video in iMovie08 to get rid of the visible lens in the right hand corner- this was very easy to do).

I've now uploaded this to youtube and have embedded this below - but I suggest you double click on it then select the 'Watch In High Quality' button on Youtube to get a better image.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UVX42OVszc]

So now when I am off on my trip I can pop the lens in a pocket and if the situation requires it attach it on the camera to take in a wider vista. I'll probably also take a panning shot of the same scene without the lens and then decide which clip I prefer when I get back and start editing the footage together.

The lens was bought via Ebay and cost about £22 (a number of sellers have them at various prices). The lens is an M-Power Wide Lens 0.45x"

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Reader Comments (34)

About wide angle lens of HDR-TG3

Hello,

Where can this be bought?
Please tell me the webshop site that can be bought.
Please give the information to my E-mail address.

I would be grateful for your help.
Thank you in advance.

June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChao

Well I got mine from a chap in Poland on Ebay. Search Ebay.co.uk for item number 330248397329

June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan, Thank you very much!
Also it was possible to find it by "EBay.com".
But I live in Tokyo in Japan.
Therefore, whether it is possible to send it to Japan is uncertain. I don't know it...;-(

July 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChao

I don't think that you should have any trouble finding it it Japan.
Check out http://www.toda-seikoh.jp/products_digitalcamera_magnet.html

July 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

I had found the lens on the Yahoo store before seeing your message.
http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/keitai/290-804-l.html
It was a product of Toda-Seiko by chance.
Size of magnet ring. Inside diameter:23mm and Outside diameter:27mm
I think whether this lens can be worn to "TG-3".
Thank you anyway! :-)

July 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChao

Hi - How well does the magnetic attachment of the lens work - can it get knocked off easily and is there a possibility of the magnetic field affecting the electronics of the camera- I am so pleased there is a solution to getting a wide angle lens for this amazing camera- I also travel to Poland a lot - do you have details of the supplier or retail outlet for this lens other than the ebay details you have given

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDick

I haven't really got anything to add about the online seller - other than recommending you get one delivered rather than trying to find the chap in Poland, after all he's just getting them from China anyway.

The lens holds to the camera well - but I generally only use it for the odd shot here or there so it's only attached for a few mins at a time.

I can't 100% say that it won't damage your camera - but everything on mine is functioning as normal. After all, these magnetic rings are designed to attach to the front of compact cameras without affecting them.

The only thing I'd add is that that the magnetic ring does partially cover the flash - so if you intend taking lots of flash shots you might want to think twice about doing this mod.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

hi, I tried searching on ebay for "M-Power Wide Lens 0.45x", but can't find any :-(

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzbjsy

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