Summary: I bought this lens to give my canon hv30 a wider view. I had read some good things about it and was in between this lens and the canon brand lens. Im glad i ordered this lens. It is wonderful. The black lens matches my hv30 beautifully. At the widest zoom length the lens works great. I do not see any noticable distortion on the edges what so ever. When zooming in at its furthest zoom, ghosting is very visible, but why buy a wide angle lens if you plan to zoom in so much.
Pros: Black body, Strong Construction, Threaded to add filters
Summary: I use this lens with a step-up adapter on my hv30. Increases the field of view significantly. There is some barrel distortion, but amazingly no vignetting or blurriness around the edges. Also, I've noticed no discernable light loss when using this lens, focus does not appear soft either. However, this IS NOT a zoom-thru lens, so if that is important to you, I would consider another product.
Summary: My Canon HV 30 is a great little camcorder but it just doesn't cut it in the wide angle category being about 48mm (normal focal length in 35mm terminology) at the widest point in the zoom. I wanted the Canon but it was not available at what I considered a decent price (now it is) so I went with this Raynox which took me to about 34mm. What can I say - it's not a piece of junk but it's not a $1000 zoom like I have on my still camera.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Sharp enough, Strong Construction
Summary: I bought the Raynox HD-6600PRO52mm 0.66x Wide Angle Lens (with step-up ring as part of the pack) to use with my Canon Vixia HV30 camcorder. I bought the Raynox instead of the wide-angle lens offered by Canon (WD-H43 I think) after doing A LOT of research. My gosh, I am so satisfied with my decision. All I can say is that the Raynox is simply superb. The image quality is absolutely crystal: PERFECT at all levels of focus.
Summary: I use the HD-6600pro52 on a Canon HV30, they also used it with a Nikkor 35mm/f2 and I am surprised with the exceptional results. I'm very happy with the results so far. The product is really very good. I recommend it in your bag, especially if your camera or camcorder did not prove much of an angle of vision. I did not like much of the back cover, I think should have a bevel to facilitate the docking and have a better sealing against dust.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Eassy to clean, Easy to use, NICE, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: First class build quality and optical performance is incredible. Never thought a '3rd party' wide attachment could be this good. Every serious HD camcorder user (or any camcorder user) should add one to his gadget bag. Get this one instead of the model made for smaller diameter. Forget about the plastic junks from 'brand names'.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I bought this and a 52 mm adapter for my Canon G6. It issuperior over Canon's wide angle solution. It has verylittle barrel distortion and a wider field of view. And yes, the 52 mm adapter works just fine (Canon sells a 58mm adapter for this camera).The optics I rate a 5. The only con is that the lenshousing is plastic, that's why I rated features a 4.
Summary: I use the 52mm version of the HD-6600 on a Canon S2 IS, andI'm quite happy with the results so far. (I have also usedthis lens to good effect on the S3 IS, which as far as I cantell uses identical optics.) I've found that it's MUCHeasier to keep my each of my S2 add-on lenses permanentlymounted on individual lens-tube adapters for quickswitching, although this takes up more space in the camera bag.