16x9 Inc. has introduced EX Super Fisheye, its premier lens accessory for the Panasonic HVX200 and other compact HD camcorders. A favorite of skateboarders and extreme sports photographers, fisheyes expand the view of the lens, providing a wide-eyed perspective that pulls the eye close to the center of the action. Images appear convex with exaggerated angles and extreme barrel distortion.
With a whopping .45X magnification, the new EX Super Fisheye is the widest single-element fisheye adapter on the market. Added to the HVX200 lens, it delivers a 115-degree horizontal and 135-degree diagonal field of view. The EX Super Fisheye Weighs 13.75 oz. (390g) and has a front diameter of 120mm. It comes outfitted with a 72:82mm step-up ring for attachment to the HVX200.
Anchored by a single set screw, the ring is mounted to the back of the adapter. With the ring removed, the Super Fisheye's 72mm rear thread fits neatly to the front of the Sony HVR-Z1U, Canon XH A1, XH G1, or Panasonic DVX100B lens. For mounting to the Sony HVR-V1U/HDR-FX7, an optional 72-62mm step-down ring is available.
Engineered and built in Japan for optimum optical performance, 16x9 Inc.'s HD-quality EX lens add-ons are meticulously crafted of the finest grade materials and feature a innovative, technically advanced design. Suggested U.S. price for the EX Super Fisheye is $695.