This page is an attempt to list the various wide angle lenses that are available for the Olympus C-2100UZ camera (and presumably other cameras that have filter threads near to the size of the C-2100UZ (49mm). I have listed the manufacturer's suggested adapter for 49mm threads as well. Please send any mail regarding these pages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a few other pages people might be interested in:
One problem with some of the tele-extender lenses out there is that they were designed for video cameras, which tend to not have the resolution requirements of the still cameras. This means that a lens that produces acceptable quality video might not produce an acceptable shot for a still camera.
As a disclaimer, I did not own a wide angle tele-extender for my C-2100UZ when I wrote this list originally, so I can't make any pronouncement about the quality of the tele-extender lens. I am providing this page in an attempt to help others who are looking at wide angle lenses. All of this information was compiled from the Olympus Forum of dpreview.com. Please consider supporting that site.
Since I wrote this FAQ, I bought a Tiffen wide angle lens from Circuit City, but it did not say Megaplus on the packaging. I don't know if this is the same lens as the lens described below, but it has the same specs (0.75x magnification, 43mm rear thread, 67mm front thread). I am unhappy with this lens, considering the positive reviews I had read, particularly in comparisons against the Raynox lenses. My lens has softness around the edges at full wide angle (but it doesn't appear to vignette, even with the 49->43mm step down ring). However, as soon as you zoom in, the distortion around the edges becomes more pronounced and larger, until the whole picture is obscured. Another note, none of the camera stores in my area carried 49-43mm step down rings, so you will need to order it from the internet from places like: The Filter Connection.
Hunts Camera store in Melrose, MA. had their annual sale recently, and I went in, and they had Kenko KNW-075 wide angle tele-extenders available for 20% off. I brought in my camera to try it in the store after having a bad experience with the Tiffen, and this lens is much better. You can use most of the zoom of the camera, which allows for better framing without having to chop off pixels afterwards. Also, the lens claims to be a rectilinear lens, in that it doesn't have the barrel effect you see in other wide angle lenses.
Here is a simple album that compares the two wide angle lenses.
One option that can be used instead of buying a wide angle tele-extender is to take several shots at the same exposure level, and stitch them together as a panorama, either using the Olympus smartmedia cards and the Camedia software, or some other program. Also note that 28mm is a typical minimum focal length for external flashes, so care might be needed to use a flash if you are using a tele-extender with a lower magnification than 0.75x.
My general home page is at http://www.the-meissners.org, my Renaissance Faire links are at http://www.the-meissners.org/ren.html, and my digital camera links are at http://www.the-meissners.org/camera.html.
Two vendors that have a broad range of stock include B & H Photo-Video-Pro Audio, or Adorama - The Photography People.
The one minor complaint I have about B & H is that they will not mail to places like Mailboxes, etc. due to being the targets of fraud. I on the other hand live on a private road that did not get mail delivery until very recently, and also have had problems with the local delivery people's creative attempts at delivering packages when people aren't home, and prefer to have all deliveries go to Mailboxes, etc.
|Olympus America||WCON-07 (#200864)||0.7x||55mm||none||SUR4955||B&H||Adorama||none|
|Olympus America||WCON-08E B-28 (#200549)||0.8x||55mm||none||SUR4955||B&H||Adorama||none|
|Olympus America||WCON-08B (#200693)||0.8x||62mm||102mm||N/A||B&H||Adorama||Made for E10/E20|
|Olympus America||A-28 (#103870)||0.8x||49mm||none||none||B&H||N/A||This is discontinued and hard to find|
|Raynox||DCR-5000||0.5x||52mm||none||RA5249||N/A||N/A||Designed to be used in "macro" mode.|
|Raynox||HD-6600PRO 49||0.66x||49mm||72mm||none||B&H||Adorama||Designed for high end camcorders|
|Raynox||HD-6600PRO 52||0.66x||52mm||72mm||RA5249||B&H||Adorama||Designed for high end camcorders|
|Raynox||DCR-770||0.77x||52mm||62mm||RA5249||N/A||Adorama||Built-in lens hood|
|Tiffen||43 Megawide||0.75x||43mm||67mm||4943AD||B&H||Adorma||Step down ring might vignette at widest angle|
|Canon USA||WC-DC52||0.7x||52mm||none||???||B&H||Adorama||Made for the Canon Powershot A10, and A20 cameras.|
|Canon USA||WC-DC58||0.8x||58mm||none||???||B&H||Adorama||Made for the Canon Powershot G1, G2, and Pro90 cameras.|
|Fujifilm||WL-FX9||0.79x||55mm||none||???||B&H||Adorama||Made for the Fujifilm 4900, 6900, and S602 cameras.|
|Sony||VCL-MHG07A||0.7x||58mm||none||???||B&H||N/A||Made for the Sony 707 camera. Need to be in "macro" mode.|
|Promaster||8396||0.77x||52mm||62mm||???||N/A||N/A||Has a builtin lens shade.|
|Kenko||KNW-075||0.75x||52mm||67mm||???||B&H||Adorama||Rectilinear lens (no barrel effect)|
Ray Cooper and Darrell Spreen created a web page that compares some wide angle lenses on the C-2100UZ. The winner was the Tiffen Megaplus lens, which had no vignetting at full wide angle even though it needed a step-down adapter, was sharp corner to corner, and added no significant chromatic aberrations, color fringing, or barrel distortion. The new line of Raynox lenses were not compared in this test. The web page is:
Here is a page that shows pictures from the Raynox HD-6600PRO lens: