Summary: Not too impressed with this lens but again your only paying $12 at its current price I also get vignetting witch causes me to zoom in meaning you loose a lot of the "wide angle" from this lens.
Sometimes what you get is better than what you expected!
14 January 2012
Summary: I ordered this Zeikos ZE-WA37S 37mm .45 Wide Angle Lens without much expectations, I mean it was dirt cheap, you know you get what you pay for and all... In any case. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this little cheap ass lens! After I received the lens (Came black by the way) I quickly put it on my Camcorder and went outside to shoot some video. Shot some video with it on and some without it.
Summary: I bought 2 piece of it for my 2 GS-330. When I got them the lenses were other types. I got 2 Zeikos 52mm Lens, that costs more than this ones :D I got costly ones and paid this lens cost :D I bought Lens Adaptors and they were costed 6$. got the lenses cheaper and better :) and now I am buying big lenses with adapters.
Summary: To me, this lens is kind of a joke. I have set it up on my Canon s95, and like the other reviewers have stated, you will see the circular edges of the lens when fully zoomed out. So you have to zoom in slightly to make those edges disappear. Well, now you've zoomed in, and defeated the purpose of the wide angle lens. There is also a lot of distortion of vertical and horizontal lines near the edge of the frame.
Summary: Wonderful value but when fully zoomed out for wide angle (which is what it was needed for) the black circle of the lens rim shows up. You have to zoom back in a bit to rid this, which brings me back to close to what my camera (Canon Vixia HF M31) can do naturally. And as others have said if you leave it on for everyday use, it is blurry when you zoom more than a moderate amount, and creates a shadow if you take a photo using a flash.
Summary: This is amazingly worth your money for a first lens or any lens. it does great also because it has a second lens that provides your camera with REALLY CLOSE macro. i love this lens, BUY THIS ITEM.
Summary: The lens is good. It provides a wider visual picture (hence the name - duh) without distortion for me. I'm not an expert or a video snoot, just the normal person who wants more options than the standard camera offers.
Summary: I was weary about getting this after looking at other reviews and seeing sample videos on YouTube, but for the price, I figured it would be worth the risk. It was. I'm so glad that I decided to purchase this. I have a Canon Vixia HF100, and it works very well on it (though, keep in mind, other cameras might have different results). I don't lose any picture quality, and I am able to see the whole image (you can't see the outline of the lens as some people have said).
Summary: I'm disappointed with it, feels like cheated by the description, it's not really a 0.45x 37mm lens. With the macro on, the factor is effectively >0.7x, I compared to my 0.7x lens, it's even narrower than that, that's how I know the effective ratio is >0.7x. There is just no way to use the 0.45x lens without the macro, the lens itself has a female thread of something like ~40mm, only the macro has a male 37mm thread to put it on your 37mm camcorder/camera.