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Chris Dolan
Wide Angle Lens Shade - How to remove it?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 3:29:50 pm

Hey gang!

Has anyone removed the lens shade (or whatever you call it) from the Sony x0.8 wide angle lens? (P/N VCL-EX0877) I noticed there are some very small holes in what appears to be a retainer ring on the front of the lens.

Can it be removed? If so- what is the best method?

Here's a photo for reference:



Chris Dolan


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Don Greening
Re: Wide Angle Lens Shade - How to remove it?
on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:51:33 pm

I think it's glued on. The ring you're referring to is part of the lens that holds the front glass in. I looked at mine when I first bought it and like you, I wanted to use it with a matte box. I decided long ago that it wasn't worth the risk and to leave well enough alone.

- Don

Don Greening
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Chris Dolan
Re: Wide Angle Lens Shade - How to remove it?
on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:08:06 am

Thanks for the reply Don.

Yes, exactly! It interferes with the filters in the matte box, which isn't a huge deal because it can just be kept back, but there's some vignetting from the matte box in that position. I zoom in a bit to avoid this but it defeats the purpose of the wide lens.

Maybe I'll just pry it off or try to cut off the leading edge. Frankly I think it's a useless feature.

Chris Dolan


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Don Greening
Re: Wide Angle Lens Shade - How to remove it?
on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:18:50 am

[Chris Dolan] "Frankly I think it's a useless feature."

When I purchased mine the picture that Sony provided showed the tulip shade mounted on the lens and it was detachable because there was a little chrome thumb screw on the shade itself. But when the w/a adapter showed up the shade was glued on. I was not amused.

- Don

Don Greening
A Vancouver Video Production Company
Reeltime Videoworks
http://www.reeltimevideoworks.com


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