• 04-12-2011, 11:24 PM
    ChrisSmithWebGuy
    Lens Accessories for your camcorder
    If you are looking to purchase accessories for your camcorder's lens, you might start with lens filters. Lens filters are tiny glass pieces that you place in front of your camcorder's lens. Lens filters are used for a variety of things including changing the color of your image, altering the brightness of your image, or creating a special visual effect. When looking to change the color of your video, there are 2 types of lens' to choose from; solid and gradient. The difference between the two is that solid filters change the color of your whole frame, while gradient filters only change the color of a frame portion. On top of changing brightness and colors, lens filters can also produce a variety of special effects. They can reduce glass or water reflections, add a sparkle to lights, cast a fog, or create multiple images like a kaleidoscope. Depending on which lens filter you purchase, they usually range from $40-$100 in price.

    Also a great lens accessory to have are telephoto and wide angle adapters. These accessories allow you to extend the range of your camcorder lens, allowing you to zoom in on distant subject or make the most of a tight shooting space. Wide angle and telephoto adapters are super easy to use. All you have to do is tighten the adapter onto your lens and voila! The downfall with these lens accessories is that they can be quite expensive, ranging in price from $200 to $300.

    Another camcorder accessory, that many people are unfamiliar with, is the lens controller. The lens controller is a great accessory to have because it allows you to have control over your camcorder without even touching it! Once your controller is attached to your camcorder, simply set up your camcorder and begin recording without even touching it! Camcorder controllers are great for family parties and events because they allow you to record and socialize at the same time. No longer will you have to walk around with a camera attached to your face! While the cost of camcorder controllers is quite variable, they generally cost somewhere between $200 and $500.

    If you own a camcorder and would like to begin experimenting with different camcorder effects, the lens is the place to start. Lens filters are great for changing colors and hues, and adding effects to your videos. Wide angle and telephoto adapters give you the opportunity to shoot wider angles and farther distances. Finally, lens controllers give you the ability to control your camera without even touching it!