What to Consider When Buying Camcorder Wide Angle Lenses
Camcorder wide angle lenses are a valuable tool that all serious filmmakers should have. When you're working with low budgets, you're going to be shooting in locations instead of studios. Because of this, you're going to find yourself in situations where the room you're shooting in is small and the only way to get the shot you want is with a wide angle lens. Here's what you should consider when buying one.
Will It Fit?
The average consumer camcorder can support a wide angle lens by having it screw over the permanent fixed one. Camcorders come in all different sizes so you need to select a wide angle lens that will fit on your camera. Check your instruction book for the specific size you need before you go to the store.
Does It Distort the Image?
Wide angle lenses have a tendency to distort the image while making it wide. If you're buying a wide angle lens that's manufactured by the same people that made your camcorder, then this probably won't be an issue, but if you're looking at a third party wide angle lens, use caution. Read online reviews to see what others have said and take your camcorder to the store to see if you can try it on before buying it. Also, make sure that you can return the lens if you're not satisfied with it.