Summary: Purchased this lense to be used with my videocamera. The lense is great and I am happy with it. The only thing I wish it had would be somekind of cover lense to be used in sandy or misty locations, because it would be easier to keep the lense clean and not have to worry about scrathing it. Truth is I haven't found anything that could be used to cover it without using duct tape. Otherwise a great lense.
Summary: I previously bought a cheaper 2 element Sony lens for my Canon Vixia HF10 HD camcorder but it was fuzzy around the edges and had barrel distortion. This lens gives superb results and the 0.7 wide angle is enough to use indoors without distortion. When will the camcorder makers, especially HD which is formatted for wide angle scenic viewing realize we don't care about 480X zoom and want to be able to fit a normal room in our screen? In the meantime this lens is great.
Summary: I did several test with this product, and although it is wider than the standard lens, customers should not expect huge wide angle shots like in the movie the Shining. You just get a little bit more. If anyone know anyone knows a wider angle lens that would work for the Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 please let me know. In a positive the packaging was great and it came with a firm fitting lid for both sides.
Summary: I have a Sony HDR-HC7 and really needed a wider angle of view. Really I wish that camcorder designers would make their standard lenses wider, but that is not the point. This adapter is just what you'd expect. You screw it on and get a wider view. My only complaint is that it really doesn't go as wide as I would have liked. Be warned, it is a bit heavy cumbersome.
Summary: I also have a Sony HDR SR12 Camcorder. Got this lens for it and it is working great. Of course you can't drop it and expect it not to be damaged (see P. White review). The lens has a rubber ring around it and I had no problem holding on to it. It is a great lens and I am happy with it (I agree with AC Clarke "Sony did a fine job").
Summary: This lens works perfect. Finally I can get the whole group in the frame! The craftsmanship is top quality. It secures to the camera just fine. If you are investing in a high definition camera why would you pair it with anything but the best wide angle lens you can get for it? Don't risk compromising the capabilities of your HD camera.
Summary: Like the previous high-grade 30mm wide-angle lens from Sony for it's 30mm camcorders, this 37mm model is very high quality. Yes, it's a little delicate, so you'll need to take care when installing it and removing it. It works best if you hold (or mount the camcorder on a tripod) vertically in order to thread the lens onto the camera, but you shouldn't avoid this lens just because P. White is clumsy. If you have a thumb, you should be fine.