Sunpak .5x Wide-Angle - Economy Wide Angle Work Around

Sunpak .5x Wide-Angle - Economy Wide Angle Work Around

Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor Lens Ok, so you want a wide angle lens to go along with your 18-55mm kit lens, but you can't justify a $500 to $1200 price tag just to shoot an occasional wide angle photo. This $49.95 lens is not the perfect solution, although it's better than emptying your wallet for a lens your probably. won't use that often and the pictures are not all that bad. If your using the Nikon 18-55 kit lens, it just screws on to the 52mm filter threads.

Plus there's a handy pinch release similar to a lens pinch cap, allowing you to quickly return to normal. Mounted on the 18-55, serious vignetting occurs at anything below 12mm, so by setting the zoom at 24mm, the effective angle of view becomes 12mm (6mm better than 18mm). so the lens acts like a 12-55mm zoom. It works great on the Nikon 55-200mm lens also, effectively turning it into a 27.5-200mm lens, which in many situations allows you to only have to mount one lens by using the quick release .5x conversion lens. Using this conversion just might keep a lot of dust off your mirror

Take a look at the following images shot with the 18-55mm lens at 18mm, at 24mm with the .5x lens and the 55-200mm lens at 55mm and 55mm lens using the .5x lens. These were all shot standing in the exact same spot

18-55mm at 24mm focal length with .5x adapter, effective 12mm focal length. Notice the edge distortion which could be cropped out
18-55mm focal length at 18mm
55-200mm lens with .5x lens, effective focal length 27.5mm, again you'll see some edge distortion
55-200mm lens at 55mm


.5 x wide angle
Screws to 46mm, 49m, and 52mm filter threads
Quick release for normal shooting
3 lens elements in 3 groups

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Lens style Wide-Angle Conversion Lens
Max Format Size 35mm  
Lens focal length.5x  
Camera mount Screw-in - 46mm plus adapter rings
Angle of view .5x  
Total Elements 3  
Number of Groups 3  
Coatings / special elements    
Overall weight4.99oz. (141.46g.)  
Lens diameter 67.59mm  
Overall length 44.34mm  
Construction materials Plastic  
class="label">Lens ColorBlack  
Filter thread size None  
Adapter rings 49mm and 52mm  
Lens hood included No  

Lens Includes

Soft Carry Pouch
Lens Cover
49mm Adapter
52mm Adapter


Nikon 20mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor Lens

See also