Summary: The lens was as advertised. Increases the ability to take close wide shots using the TG5V and TG1 handycams, (fits both). Easy to snap on and remove. Slides in the grove just behind the built in lens housing. Camera does not stay in focus when you zoom out more than 50%+- so you have to plan to only shoot close while the lens is on. But for close-ups. it is a must have for these cameras. This should really be included with the camera if you ask me.
Summary: This is one of the best quality converters I've used. There's very little barrel distortion and no discernible increase in chromatic aberration. The inability to zoom in very far with the lens on doesn't bother me as I'm always at wide angle anyway. My only wish is that it could be more permanently attached to the camera.
Summary: While it is very nice to have a wider angle, the biggest limitation is that the design of this lens makes it incompatible with the flash. The lens sits right in front of the flash, which of course reflects back into the camera giving a snowed out image. This would not be such a bad thing except the camera does not autosense when the lens is on.
You Want This If You Are Considering The Sony HDR-TG5V
Russell Kintner, Amazon
28 August 2009
Summary: I bought this at the same time I bought the Sony HDR-TG5V video camera. All video camera manufacturers seem fixated on zoom range and pay no attention to the performance at the wide end where I'll wager 75% of family moments are captured. I expected the same with the TG5V and boy was I right. It's field of view is narrower than some larger cameras. If you want to take shots indoors of say a kids birthday party in a 15 x 18 ft dining room, you'll want this lens.
Summary: I have the TG1 and my only real complaint was the lack of a wide angle attachment. I was excited about the announcement of this lens, but it's actually for the TG5/TG7 and I wasn't sure if it would fit the TG1. Then I ran across Techmoan's blog and he confirmed that it does fit. I just received it and I'm really impressed. It looks great! It just slides on, but it's a very snug fit. You don't have to worry about it falling off accidentally.