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Make your Kodak Zi6 or Zi8 (or any flip camera) into a Wide Angle

As I've mentioned in a previous post, the Kodak Zi6 is a great camera with which to capture content.  But like many of its siblings (the Flip cameras, for example), it's not wide angle enough to record many speeches or especially panels, which means it has to be put further away from the subjects to get the whole view.  This makes audio quality suffer.  Today, I fixed that.  Here's how (total install time, under 5 minutes).

First, I bought the Sunpak 0.45 wide angle lens from Amazon.com for $29.95.

Then, I installed the adhesive ring on the front of the Kodak camera.  Amazingly, it fit perfectly!  The wide angle lens now snaps right on magnetically to the ring I installed. Here are some pics of the setup.

As I've mentioned in a previous post, the Kodak Zi6 is a great camera with which to capture content.  But like many of its siblings (the Flip cameras, for example), it's not wide angle enough to record many speeches or especially panels, which means it has to be put further away from the subjects to get the whole view.  This makes audio quality suffer.  Today, I fixed that.  Here's how (total install time, under 5 minutes). First, I bought the Sunpak 0.45 wide angle lens from Amazon.com for $29.95. Then, I installed the adhesive ring on the front of the Kodak camera.  Amazingly, it fit perfectly!  The wide angle lens now snaps right on magnetically to the ring I installed. Here are some pics of the setup. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

How to Build the Smallest World Class Camera System

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I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.

It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.

I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.

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