Making Flip cams do more

WidelensWe’ve written here in the past about traditional TV journalists finding Flip cams useful for certain types of newsgathering.  The lack of an external mic creates challenges, but the video quaility is quite high.  However, the camera was not designed for getting sweeping, panoramic wide shots by any means.

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention and photographer Russ Roca say he needs to have wide angle options on his cameras.  So, he modified the Flip.

I bought a cheapie wide-angle lens adapter kit made for more sophisticated camcorders (the one I bought was made by Sunpak). The wide angle lens kit I bought came with a series of step-down rings. I took one of the rings and roughed it up with sandpaper (from a patch kit) and super glued it to the front of the Flip (be sure to glue it so you can still remove the battery cover!). This gave the front element some threads so I could screw on the wide angle lens!   

Roca says the set up has the added benefit of mitigating the small camera shake as well.  Check out the story he shot with his souped up Flip and thanks to Jeff Cutler for tipping us to this idea.


2 comments for “Making Flip cams do more

  1. September 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Better still is the Kodak Zi8. 1080p, image stabilization, a tripod mount— and an external mic port! All for $179.

  2. Deb Wenger
    September 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I just bought one – haven’t checked it out, but do you have a story posted somewhere that you shot using it? I’d love to see what you and others are doing.

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