Canon WD-H43 v.s. Raynox 6600 Wide Angle Lens

Posted on 7/10/2010 6:09:00 PM

I have been asked many times which wide angle lens work better for HV30/HV40. Each of them has it's own pros and cons. Let me list them out.


 Canon WD-H43Raynox 6600
LookSilver/grey body doesn't match the black camera body of HV30/HV40.Black body making the rig look so sexy!
Image QualityExcellentGood
Zoom Through100% zoom through with minimal image distortionImage get soft after zooming in 50%
Barrel DistortionAbout the sameAbout the same
Weight11.6oz (causing camera front heavy, but great for steadicam)6.27 oz

So it really comes down to
   Do you need to zoom through
   Do you mind the silver+black body color combination
   Car you afford the price difference



Posted by drapeama on 7/10/2010 7:42:00 PM Nice thing you've done here Taky!
It'll help people for sure!
Posted by Tom blizzard on 7/10/2010 7:50:00 PM Yep.... sure helped me.
thanks Taky...
Hummmmmm wonder if I can wrap the HD with gaffer's tape ??? :)
Posted by Tom B. on 7/14/2010 7:55:00 AM Got my HD-43 and I can tell you that there is no reason at all to worry about the color. I thought from some of the pictures that it was a bright silver color. NO SO, darker finish. Iit's more of a silver gray color. With Taky's lens hood it looks very nice on the HV 40. It reminds me of the high $$$ Canon BIG white lens that you see on black Canon DSLR cams at sporting events on TV.....

Replied by LA Color Pros The setup with the WD-H43 actually looks quite okay with the lens hood too! I choose WD-H43 over Raynox because of the zoom through capability.
Posted by Per Lichtman on 8/5/2010 8:28:00 PM I haven't tried the Raynox, but I have tried the WD-H43 as well as the 43mm 0.65x by Century Optics/Schneider Optics and the Digital Concepts 43 mm wide angle/macro.
Based on what you said about the Raynox 6600 (which I'd been curious about) is sounds like cosmetic concerns are really the only reason someone would go with the Raynox 6600, given the price difference.
If someone really can't afford the WD-H43 and sacrifice some image quality, they could go with the Digital Concepts (though it's noticeably narrower than the WD-H43) for $30-50, but I can't see someone choosing to "save" $30 between the WD-H43 and Raynox 6600.
Then again, the 0.65x Century Optics is even wider angle but a pretty big jump in price... though it seemed to perform well throughout the whole zoom range in my limited A/B testing between it, the WD-H43 and Digital Concepts (as well as without any converter lens).

Are the Raynox 6600 and WD-H43 really equivalent in their magnification or is their a noticeable difference?

Replied by LA Color Pros There is also one aspect between the Canon WD-H43 and Raynox 6600 is the weight. Canon is a lot heavier than the Raynox thus making the setup front heavy. So that's something to consider too.
Posted by Jeff on 1/9/2012 2:56:00 PM A bit late to the party, but thanks for doing this review, as there are still people trying to decide between these two lenses.
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