I know that the Century wide angle converter has been around for a while now, but I just got one yesterday. When deciding if I should add this option to my camera I surfed around on the internet, but couldn't find anyone sharing their stories about this lens. (I do want to note that I found a few good forums; but I didn't find any posts with exactly what I was looking for.)
So to fill a need that I had; I do hope that someone will find this useful. (If not, then feel free to just move along.) Oh, and if you want to send me an e-mail to add to this article with your experience, that would be cool too.
OK, so the standard lens on my camera, I have been using for years. Even letterboxing in post with a 16x9 mask. Looked pretty good.
I saw the Century Optics .65 Wide Angle Converter at BHPhotovideo.com for $399 large and really wondered if it was worth it. Is there really $399 dollars of value in this lens.
The photos posted here are actual screen grabs from my test. These are my before and after. I ran some tape with the lens off and on. My report is that, yes, I am going to get a lot of use out of this adapter and wish I had bought it sooner. So, those who already have have this lens are saying, welcome to the party.
I was faced with the decision to buy the 16x9 adapter or the .65 Wide Angle Converter. I decided on the .65 Wide Angle converter for three reasons. One, I can always letterbox in post, Two there may be times when I don't want to shoot for letterboxing, and Three it was cheaper than their 16x9 lens.
Last thought. Century has a "bayonet mount" option for most of their lenses. I highly recomend that you seek out the proper lens for your camera and get the "bayonet mount". The lens just slides on and off real easy. So, you don't have to mess around with screw mount threads, that overtime will wear out.
FYI, I bought my lens on Ebay.com, and I didn't pay $399. The Ebay seller was sad to part with his lens but he knew that it was going to a good home.
Here is a 28 second clip of the lens before and after.
Corey places the Century Optics Wide Angle Converter on his video camera.