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Bower VLMWF 0.45x Wide Angle Magnetic Lens for Flip Cameras (Black)

by Bower

Price: CDN$ 44.92
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  • Increase your field of view by .45x.
  • Simple to use, east to attach.
  • Sturdy magnetic design stays put.
  • Designed for all Flip video cameras.
  • Made in Japan


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 0.2 x 1.9 cm ; 68 g
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Item model number: VLMWF
  • ASIN: B0041LXANI
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 11 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,674 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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262 of 265 people found the following review helpful
Video Review March 18 2011
By BeachBrights - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this product!! I just wish I had known about it earlier :)

1. Easy to apply
2. East to use
3. Gives you much needed wide angle shots
4. Magnetic strips work well
5. Even comes with lens covers and a small bag

XOXO
126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Bower VLMWF Wide angle lens for Flip Ultra Dec 20 2010
By Tandemguy - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchased this add-on wide angle lens to use in filming interior of real estate properties. The lens attachment, a steel ring that adheres to the front of the Flip Ultra lens area with self-stick adhesive, does not detract from the appearance of the camera. The lens appears to stay on well, though I haven't tried to jar the camera with the wide angle lens held on magnetically. In "normal" use, I don't think there would be any problem with it coming off.

My greatest disappointment was with the quality of the picture when using the lens. Without the lens, the Flip Ultra (3rd generation)Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL takes wonderfully sharp HD video. With the wide-angle lens, the picture seems a bit blurred, a bit like filming through a bit of haze. The picture, though encompassing a wider view, is just a bit fuzzier, not as sharp. Though for my purposes the image is not unusable, it is still disappointing to have an HD picture that isn't sharp.

If you need a wider field of view, and if a loss of sharpness isn't a huge concern, this lens will do the job. But if you are only satisfied with perfectly sharp video, you may be a little disappointed with the results using this lens.
208 of 218 people found the following review helpful
Improves Composition of Close and Distant Shots Feb. 16 2011
By M. G. DuPont - Published on Amazon.com
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The Flip camera delivers HD video at a consumer-level price, but up till now, there have been no lenses available for the Flip. Enter the Bower 0.45x Wide Angle Magnetic Lens for Flip Cameras. It attaches magnetically to the Flip, and as you'll see in this video, it really improves the composition of shots, both at close range (2 to 3 feet from your subject), and at a distance.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Necessary! A Must-Buy! Oct. 26 2011
By L. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are even thinking about getting this lens, I tell you now that it is worth every penny.

To my estimation, this is a quality lens built with the customer's needs in mind. This item comes with the .45x wide angle magnetic lens, which is crystal clear and greatly improves the amount of information the camera is able to capture. It also comes with two lens covers--one for the front of the lens and one for the back of it when not in use,--a leash which can be used to keep the lens attached to the flip camera even when not in use, a carrying pouch, and 3 adhesive rings (meaning you could share the lens between 3 cameras if you wanted to). However, the most unexpected addition to this fantastic little bundle is that the lens, which is actually composed of two lenses working together, can be unscrewed so that just the smaller of the two lenses is in use. The best part about this is that the smaller lens is itself a macro lens, which enables you to shoot objects very close to the lens in very high detail. It's absolutely amazing! So with just this lens, you can shoot even more of the objects which are far away, and you can shoot objects much closer than otherwise possible and in great detail. Really, what more could you want?

This is really such a fantastic product. The application was very easy (I used tweezers to delicately place, and then nudge, the magnetic metal ring to the perfect placement, since my fingers were too big and clumsy). I can't recommend this product enough. This one lens has turned a good video camera into the perfect video camera. According to the packaging, this fits the Ultra, Ultra HD, Mino, Mino HD, and Slide HD video cameras. I have the Mino HD and it fits perfectly.

I know that other people have mentioned that it's not the most secure setup, having the lens attach magnetically. Sure, if you jerked the camera forcefully it would fall off, but I think that the lens would be perfectly secure as long as you didn't, say, strap the camera to your helmet and film yourself skiing down a mountain or off-road dirt biking. For those extreme situations, I'd recommend taking the lens off, or at the very least making sure that the leash is attached so that, if it does fall off, it won't be lost to nature.

The video was recorded by me, and it shows all the components included and the difference between the .45x lens, the macro lens, and no lens.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Everything it claims to be Oct. 25 2010
By L.W. - Published on Amazon.com
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This lens is everything advertised. It just "looks" bigger in the picture. It is a wide angle, so gives you a larger scope. I would like another lens that improves the macro. I LOVE the Flip. I carry it with me all the time. This item improves an already great item.

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