Wide Angle Magnetic Camera Lens Review

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams on the Water

Wide Angle Magnetic Camera Lens Review - I'll start off by saying, I'm no expert when it comes to cameras and lenses. I just knew that I wanted to be able to take wide angles of rooms and real estate. I also knew that I didn't want to buy another camera.

My camera is a Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital Elph. I like that it's little and can easily fit in my pocket. I also like that it's easy to use.

Late Friday afternoon I started doing a google search for wide angle magnetic lenses. I found a company called Adorama that sold them online. For those that don't know what a magnetic lens is, it's a lens that attaches with a magnetic ring to the metal lens on your camera. No fancy equipment required.

I took a chance and ordered the large lens. It was $29.95 and shipping was $5.00. It's Tuesday and it arrived this morning by UPS. I thought that was pretty quick considering it was the weekend.

I tried it out today and these are the results. I am standing in the exact same spot with both of the following pictures.

Shot with normal lens

Here is the picture with the wide angle magnetic lens attached.

Shot with wide angle magnetic lens

There is some fuzziness on the bottom right. If needed that could be cropped out and it would still give a wider shot that what I could get without the wide angle magnetic lens. I also tested it inside and was able to get a whole room in the picture. That is going to make real estate photos so much better. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchase.

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Comments (17)

Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I have an Olympus SP350 compact camera and found screw mount lenses available.  I've found it is better than before, but I also have to crop out the corners to avoid some distortion. 

Jan 27, 2010 01:30 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Jen, Looks like this was a great investment, I'll give this a look. Thanks.

Jan 27, 2010 01:32 PM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Jen - That seems a small investment to be able to get so much into your photos.  Looks like you did good!

Jan 27, 2010 01:35 PM
John Queenan
CDPE, Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate - Sandy Hook, CT

Hi Jen,

Good luck with the new wide angle attachment, no doubt we need wide angle in real estate.

Make sure you remember to store the magnet away from your data cards, laptop and hard drives. Magnets are very good at wiping out data fast.

Jan 27, 2010 01:36 PM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Dan, I think the wide angle lens is so important in our photos. I'm glad you found something that works for you.

Wayne, For a small cost I think it makes a big difference.

Susan, I'm actually looking forward to redoing some photos of my listings now.

John, Thanks for the heads up on that. If it's in my purse next to my cell phone can it wipe out the data on my phone?

 

Jan 27, 2010 01:47 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Thanks for the tip, Jen.  Now I don't have to run out and buy an expensive camera.  I don't think you need to worry about your phone.  Many of the cases phones fit into are magnetic :)

Jan 27, 2010 02:04 PM
John Queenan
CDPE, Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate - Sandy Hook, CT

Hi Jen,

Short answer - yes. Keep them separated.

Jan 27, 2010 10:06 PM
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Hi Jen, I am on the lookout for a new camera, but could not decide if I will go with light and easy or more advanced and bulky. Still working on it. Picture looks good :-)

Jan 28, 2010 12:04 AM
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

I just love a wide angle lens for my Re pics, they really capture the room not just a corner...

Jan 28, 2010 09:29 AM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Jane, no new expensive cameras needed. I've seen your pics and it looks like what you use works just fine. You're right, my cell phone case does have a magnet on it.

Thanks John, Just in case I will keep them separated. That's easy enough.

Barbara, my vote is for light and easy. That way you can always have it with you. I take hundreds of pictures a month, probably because it's so easy.

Caron's Gateway, I'm excited about the new lens. It's catches so much more. It's my newest must have tool.

Jan 28, 2010 01:17 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I went and bought one for my Olympus anyway through Amazon.  Price was similar. Adorama didn't have one.

Jan 28, 2010 04:43 PM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

Would like to see some inside pictures.  It does look like the distortion is minimal and could be cropped or maybe skewed to make it better.  I took the liberty of doing a little straightening and some other enhancements.

Jan 30, 2010 01:33 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

I forgot one more thing, when you take a picture with these add ons, carefully take your picture because when you straighten it you will loose parts of it.

Jan 30, 2010 01:36 AM
Randall Sandin
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate

great psot Jen - just bought a new one here and the pictures are 100% better and showing more of the property

Feb 02, 2010 09:28 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

You might also try some stitching software...  You can shoot multiple shots and stitch them together.  I haven't tried this, but here is one... 

Feb 03, 2010 01:42 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

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Feb 07, 2010 06:55 AM
Jean Costanzo
Keller Williams - Central Valley, NY

I am getting a very dark shaddow on the left bottom corner with my magnetic wide angle lense

I put another magnetic band on the camera

i tried another camera   I received the same results

is anyone else having this issue and how did you resove it

Thanks

 

Apr 25, 2010 11:29 AM