16x9 Inc has announced a new optical solution for getting wider angles with Sony's HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1 HDV camcorders. The new 16x9 Inc 0.7X Wide Angle Converter threads on to add 30% wider angle of view, while maintaining full zoom capability. With its addition, the original 4.5-54mm lens becomes a 3.2-38.5mm. Three multi-coated optical glass elements are designed to yield clean, high-definition pictures.
The new Wide Angle Converter weighs 22.9 oz. (650g) and measures 45mm in length. Its standard 72mm rear thread guarantees compatibility with other camcorders like the Panasonic DVX100/A and Canon XL series, according to 16x9. Featuring a 95mm front thread, the 0.7X facilitates direct mounting of glass filters. In addition, the Converter integrates with mattebox systems such as those from Alfred Chrosziel.
Suggested U.S. price for the 16x9 Inc 0.7X Wide Angle Converter is $707.