Add-On and Converter Lenses


Add-on and converter lenses are camera accessories that often get lost in the shuffle. It’s easy to identify the need for an extra memory card, a camera case, an extra battery, a dedicated flash or in the case of an SLR, an additional lens or three as add-on options for your camera.

Converter lenses for point and shoots generally attach to a bayonet or screw mount around the camera’s lens. Often your camera manufacturer will provide an optional adapter to facilitate their use. Refer to your user manual to see if your model is compatible. They can also be used with many compact video cameras that feature a filter thread on the lens.

Adapters for SLR systems in the form of teleconverters and extension tubes, attach in between your camera and its lens. If you’ve ever changed the lens on your camera, you’ll have no troubles figuring out how to use them. With that in mind let’s take a look at some fun and possibly, to some of you, unfamiliar accessories.

Wide-Angle and Fisheye Adapters

If you’d like to expand your field of view, consider a wide-angle adapter for your camera. How much wider you can get depends on the magnification factor. If you’ve got a camera that has a 28mm lens, sort of on the wide side, adding a 0.5x adapter will convert that to the field of view of a 14mm lens!

You’ve got a lot of different options to widen your camera’s horizons. You can consider Kenko’s SGW-05,  a 0.5x adapter lens that can attach via a 37mm filter thread. If you want to go even wider, and don’t mind the distorted fisheye effect, consider Vivitar’s VIV-21-37MM, which creates a 0.21x magnification factor, sports multi-coated glass and also attaches via a 37mm thread.

Raynox’s HD-6600 is a 0.66x conversion lens that attaches via 43mm filter thread. While it won’t offer as dramatic an effect as a 0.5x or fisheye add-on lens, it will certainly be a boon for anyone who would like to go a little bit wider in their images. It is also available with a 52mm thread, the size commonly found on DSLR kit lenses. Raynox also offers a 0.7x version—the HD-7000—with a 58mm filter thread, compatible via adapter with the Canon G10, G11 and G12 when used with the optional FA-DC58B adapter.

Vivitar makes a 0.43x wide angle attachment lens, available in 52mm and 58mm threaded versions. The adapter can features a steel barrel for enhanced durability, and you have the option of attaching a 62mm filter to its front thread, perfect for adding ND filters or a circular polarizer.

If fisheye is what you crave, consider one of two adapters from Zeikos. Its 0.18x fisheye lens can attach to a 52mm or 58mm lens. Constructed from durable steel, the lens creates a stunning circular fisheye effect. Its glass lens is multicoated for superior image quality and flare resistance.

For a more subtle fisheye effect, consider Zeikos’s 0.40x fisheye adapter lens. It can attach via 46mm, 49mm, 52mm and 58mm threads thanks to the included step-up rings. The lens barrel is constructed of steel and the lens itself is multicoated glass.

Telephoto and  Macro Adapters

If your’e looking to get a little more reach from your camera, consider a telephoto adapter. Vivitar makes a 2.2x telephoto attachment that mounts on 58mm threads. It allows you to bring distant subjects much closer, photographically, and features a 62mm front thread for filters or a hood.

While many compact cameras have pretty amazing macro capabilities these days, sometimes you just want to focus on something that is extremely close to the front of your lens. SLR users who are starting out with the standard kit zoom may find themselves limited by its lack of macro-focusing capability. This is where the Raynox DCR-250 can come in handy. It’s a 2.5x macro adapter with a snap-on design—making it compatible with lenses that accept filters between 52mm and 67mm in size. When used with a zoom lens, make sure it is set to its telephoto extreme for maximum effect.

SLR Extension Tubes

Extension tubes can be used to add close-focusing capability to any SLR lens. They work by adding distance between the rear of the lens and the camera’s sensor (or film, for the three of us who still use 35mm). This allows the lens to focus much closer than it normally can, but you will lose the ability to focus on objects that are far away, making these an extremely specialized solution for close-focus photography. You will lose some light depending on the length of the extension tube and the size of the exit pupil of your lens you. For best results and fewest headaches, we recommend you use a digital SLR, or a 35mm SLR that supports TTL metering.

Kenko offers a set of three extension tubes: 12mm, 20mm and 36mm in length, available for Nikon and Canon cameras. The tubes feature circuitry which makes it possible for the camera to communicate with the lens for focusing and metering functionality, although it’s probably best to focus manually. You can stack the tubes if you choose, if an individual extension tube does not provide enough magnification to suit your needs.

Zeikos also offers a set of extension tubes: 13mm, 21mm and 31mm, for use with Nikon or Canon cameras. Similar in functionality to the Kenko set, the Zeikos extension tubes are great for hobbyists on a budget. They are more modestly priced than their Kenko counterparts.

SLR Teleconverters

If you’d like to get a bit more reach from your favorite telephoto lens, consider adding a teleconverter to your SLR. Both Kenko and Zeikos feature a 1.4x converter, compatible with Nikon and Canon cameras, in their lineup. The 1.4x converter sits between your lens and the camera, extending its focal length by 140%. Adding the teleconverter to your 70-200mm makes it a 98-280mm! Bear in mind that there is also light loss when you use a teleconverter. An f/2.8 lens with a teleconverter can only capture about as much light as an f/4 lens without one. Autofocus and metering functions work with both of these teleconverters, but keep in mind that most cameras can only autofocus at apertures of f/5.6 or larger, so don’t try to attach it to a lens that already has a maximum aperture of f/5.6.

And There’s More

If you don’t see what you’re looking for detailed here, fear not! B&H carries a wide range of auxiliary lenses, extension tubes, and teleconverters to suit your specific needs.


can a 2.2x telephoto adapter work with my canon nifty fifty (50mm) f1.8 lens.

There is the Vivitar 52mm 2.2x Telephoto Attachment Lens B&H # VIV52T which will fit the original EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, if that is the version of the lens you own.

My 10x video camera lens has a 46mm thread on the lens w/o lens hood and a 72mm thread on the lens hood. Which spot should I use for a 2x telephoto converter?

Also, will a 52 mm 2x telephoto converter with a 46mm to 52mm stepup ring work for my camera 46mm lens? Will the larger diameter help eliminate vignetting and soft edges?

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Would a converter wide angle lens be benefical on a Nikon P900?  If so, what would be the best one in your opinion?  I'm assuming an adapter would be needed.  Thanks

Any 67mm rear mount lens could be used on the P900 without need of an adapter. While you would be able to get a bit wider angle of view, autofocus may not function properly 100% of the time. The Vivitar 0.43x Wide Angle Lens Attachment for 67mm Filter Thread would be the correct size recommended for your camera. 


Do you know where I can get a list of cameras that are in a category of 58mm diameter lens? I am also looking for cameras with other lens sizes so knowing if there is such a resources would be nice. Thanks.


I have a Minolta Vivitar 75-205mm 1:3.8 telephoto lens, and I am wondering if there is something I can get that to attach it to my Canon Rebel T2i camera? What would I need to be able to use this lens on my camera? Thank you!

Unfortunately there are currently no Minolta MD adapters that would be compatible with the EF-S Mount Canon cameras. 

I have a NIKON D5300 with a 52mm wide angle macro lens but I don't know how to put it on the camera I tried it on the 18-55mm lens that didn't work do I need to try it on the 55-200mm lens or do I need an adapter and which adapter do I need.

If it’s a conversion lens with a 52mm filter thread, then you should be able to simply screw it onto the front filter thread of your lenses.  If this isn’t working, you might check to see if there are any adapter rings on the lens that need to be taken off, or if there were adapter rings provided in the box.  Sometimes conversion lenses come with adapter rings for various thread sizes.  If this isn’t the case, I would suggest sending us an email.  You might attach a photo or two of the conversion lens, and also let us know if you are using any other filers on your 18-55mm.  We could then try to trouble shoot what might be going on.

I have a Canon 6D body with a 24-70mm lens. I am wanting a wide angle adapter so I can take 1 lens while traveling for landscapes. What Would you recommend?

Available options would depend on which version of the 24-70mm lens you have.  Canon has made several versions with varying filter threads.  There likely won’t be many options, and there would be no guarantee that they wouldn’t vignette, especially on a full frame camera.  I don’t know if the quality you could achieve with an add-on lens with that set-up would be worth it.  Though, if you would like to find out what options you have, I would suggest sending us an email letting us know the exact model of your lens.  An agent would then be able to make a recommendation or two.

I have an Opteka 43mm fisheye lens that I would like to use with my Nikon D3300 camera but can't seem to find a way to use it?  What would I need to be able to use the lens with my camera?

Hi Ray  

The Opteka acccessory lens is designed to fit the front of a lens with a 43mm front thread.  it cannot be fitted directly to the body of your camera.  


I have a Nikon Coolpix P530, and possibly want to attach a lens. The one I'm looking at is the 55-200mm Nikon brand lens, and I wanted to know what lens ring adapter I would need to purchase to accomodate that particular lens?

Unfortunately, there isn’t an adapter that would enable you to use a Nikon DSLR lens on one of the Nikon point and shoot cameras, such as the P530.  The P530 has a built-in lens and is not designed to use interchangeable lenses.

Hi! I have a SONY HX400V with a focal thread of 55mm. My concern is that, I have read and watched other videos on Google and Youtube upon using wide angle adapters they complain or mentioned about the vignetting(which is actually the front metal part of the adapter). I wanted to buy one of these adapter just for making videos porpuses  but I don't want to worry about that vignetting issue. What size of adapter's rear and front thread should I buy to eliminate and avoid this kind of vignetting while filming. Thanks so much :)

While you could try using an auxiliary lens that has a larger rear filter thread and then a step-up ring, there would be no guarantee this would avoid vignetting.  With the range of this lens and its design, it really doesn’t lend itself to using an auxiliary lens.  Though, you could always try.  B&H has a fairly lenient return policy.

Can you recommend a wide angle converter for Canon G7x mark II?

Hi Someet -

As this camera has no front-of-lens filter threading, it cannot accommodate any front-of-lens accessories.

Hi I have a cannon G10 and would like to know what lense adaptor I would need in order to attach my old SLR Lense to it? Thank you

Unfortunately, B&H does not carry an adapter that would enable you to use SLR lenses on the G10, nor am I aware of one on the market.


I have a Nikon d3100 with an 18-55mm lense as well as a 70-200 lense. What type of wide angle attachment should I get?

Hi: I just bought a Micro Nikkor lense for my Nikon D7100 from you. Can you recommend attachments (I saw one above) for extreme magnification?


To increase the magnification you achieve from your lens, there are a couple options.  If your macro lens is a telephoto lens, your best option would likely be to use close-up lenses/filters.  In which case, I would need to know which lens you are using, or the filter thread, to make specific recommendations.  If you have one of the wider angle macro lenses, your best option would likely be extension tubes (close-up lenses have less of an effect on wide angle lenses).  

Hi Christina: Thanks for responding. I have a Nikkor AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED lens, and the kit lens that came with the Nikon D7100: AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED. As you are aware, Nikon's lenses thread in reverse to others' I would like to be able to magnify to capture detail beyond the capabilities of the first lens, though I love them both.

For the AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED lens, I would likely go with extension tubes.  Close-up filters will have a minimal effect on lenses with a shorter focal length than 80mm, and 60mm is still in the normal range (not very telephoto).  You might look at the Vello Auto Extension Tube Set for Nikon.  You could use them with the kit lens as well. 

These are the lens I have already to add on to my comment above AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR II and AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm VR Lens.

As far as getting closer to your subject goes, there are two types of products I would recommend.  The first is a screw-on set of close up filters, which come in a set of 3 and have different strengths and could be mixed and matched to give you the desired effect.  The come in specific sizes for each lens, or you could purchase one for the largest filter size you own and use a step-up adapter ring to adapt them to the smaller size.  Click here to see those options:

The second option for doing macro/close up work is a type of devices that can be used with either lens, and in some situations autofocus is possible (sometimes it allows one to get so close that the AF on the camera gets confused, in which case manual focus is the solution) and since they do not have any optics involved they do not affect the image quality.  They are called extension tubes, and also come in a set of 3 which can again be mixed and matched to attain the desired macro distance/effect.  I personally prefer these since they don’t have the optics and can be used with any lens. Click here to view this option:

As far as your wide angle shots go, 18mm on your 18-55mm lens is considered to be a wide/very wide focal to work with.  There are screw-on adapter type lenses which could cause it to be wider but they typically can degrade the image quality, and as you zoom out they tend to vignette.  A better way to get wider is simply to purchase a wider angled lens than 18mm but that can get more costly.  See the following links for a wide angle adapter option and a recommended wider angle lens option to consider:,  and also:

I am a make up artist and I have a Nikon d5500 I wass told to get a wide angle lens and Marco adaptor to get close up on my clients but I am not sure which one I need do you have a suggestion? I was told the I should get a 72mm because it gets closer but from reading on your site that is just the thread size.

i have a panasonic fz70 it has 55mm thread i am looking for an adapter so i can use either a cannon or a nikon lens on it . any ideas? thank you

Unfortunately there is no such adapter.  Nikon and Canon SLR lenses each have their own respective specific camera mount, neither of which are "screw-on" such as the lenses discussed in this article are.  They are not able to be mounted onto a pre-existing lens, only their own respective camera bodies. 

Hi, I have a Canon Xc10 and I'm wanting to add a little addition zoom for far away objects. Can you make a recommendation?

Below are links to compatible options, however its worth noting that these types of lenses have not really been designed or made to use on cameras capturing resolution as high as 4k.  These types of lenses are best used on standard point and shoot type bridge cameras and other smaller resolution camcorders etc.  Theres a good chance you will notice the image quality on the Canon XC-10 camera degrading when using these types of adapter/screw-on type lens adapters.

Hi Yossi O,

Is this valid also for wide angle? For example do you think the Raynox 7000 pro wide angle adapter - or the Canon xc10HD 58mm converter - could deteriorate the image quality of Canon XC10?

many thanks

Yes, the information generally speaking is also valid for wide angle conversion lenses.  The Raynox 7000 pro wide angle lens is relatively well reviewed by users, however I was not able to find any comments from users who have worked with it on a 4k camera.  As far as the Canon model you mentioned goes, I was not able to find any mention of this filter to comment on its details.  If you purchase either of these and are not happy with their performance for your purposes, you would be able to return them within 30 days of the original purchase date. 

Hello, thanks for this helpful comments about converter lenses

       I have a new Nikon 18-35G lens with 77mm filter threat on a Nikon D750. Could it be useful when I buy a 0.45X wide angle lens converter ?

Thank you.

I would not recommend that combination.  Taking a lens which already has a wide angle and coupling it with a wide auxilairy lens adapter will cause extreme vignetting on the wide angle aspect, and as you zoom through the focal range you're only duplicating the original width that the lens had without any adapter.  Further, I was not able to find any 0.45x wide angle lenses which come in a 77mm size.

I have a Nikon D80 with a 55-200 AF LD Quantaray lens. F1.4-5.6. I also have a Nikkor AF-S 18-135 F1.3.52-5.6 ED.  I shoot Birds/Butterflies and want to get closer.  I tried a 200-500mm Tamron lens but found it too slow.  Can I add a Teleconvertor or Telephoto adatper to either lens?  If so what would I then have?

Please let me know your thoughts.



Unfortunately, there isn't a teleconverter that can be used with an 18-135mm lens.  Lenses that have a wide angle have a lens construction where the rear element sticks out far more than lenses that have a 50mm or longer focal length.  For this reason, lenses that have focal lengths wider than 50mm are not typically compatible with teleconverters.  Even if you could fit one on the back of the lens, you would risk seriously damaging the rear element of the lens and the teleconverter itself.

You could likely use a teleconverter with the 55-200mm lens, though you will lose autofocus.  So the lens would need to be manually focused on your camera.  So, this combination wouldn't be faster than the Tamron 200-500mm lens.  Teleconverters will also have a negative impact on the image quality you are used to getting from your lenses.  You could look at the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon F Mount.  It's a solid option for a super telephoto zoom lens, and with it's HSM focus motor, it should be faster than the Tamron 200-500mm lens.

I am considering the Samsung NX1 and 50-150 S lens, but need a longer focal times.  As no one makes a 2x teleconverter to attach to the camera, I am considering a lens mounted 2x 72mm attachment fo the lens.  I so NOT want to totally destroy the capabilities of the 50-150.  Any advise?

Normally I would discourage use of an add-on type auxiliary lens on a DSLR lens, especially one as high quality as the Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 lens.  Most of the options we have could at some point cause vignetting on the wider side and degradation of quality is always a possibility.  The best I could advise is to give one a try, and if it does not suit your quality level or general needs you can opt to return it to us.  Below is a link to a recommended 72mm 2x add-on converter lens to consider on our website.

Hi All,

I have an old Zenith camera which has a screw thread connection for the lenses, i have a telephoto lens with a screw thread connection. I am trying to find out if there is an adaptor which will convert my screw thread lens to fit my new camera which is an Olympus E450 wich is bayonet connection.

I am hoping i will be able to use my existing lenses on my new camera.

Any advice on if thsi type of adaptor is available would be greatfully received.



Unfortunately there are not any adapters made which we carry (nor that I have seen elsewhere) which would adapt a Zenit lens to an Olymypus full 4/3rds mount or to any of the current DSLR mounts being used by the various manufacturers producing cameras today.

I am going to a concert in a few weeks and I am only allowed to bring my Nikon dslr with a lens 3" or less...and that puts me in quite a pickle. I was hoping you could give me the best advice on what I should get to help zoom into my photos. Thank you so much!!

Concert Photography is what we would call any photographers “worst case scenario “due to so many negative factors.  A) Most people do not have great vantage points as members of the Press may have B) It’s dark  C) Musicians are not stationary. D) Most consumer grade cameras/lenses while having professional quality or attributes in many ways, are not ideal for the task.

I feel I should start by advising you that using an add-on lens will only make the shoot at a concert worse.  These types of lenses are most beneficial for outdoor usage or in venues where there is an extreme amount of light.  Even the best add-on lenses will encounter light loss and cause the image quality to degrade when used in poor lighting conditions, further, they may cause the lens to “hunt” for its subject (hunting is a situation where the autofocus sensors are not able to determine the subject or come to proper focus upon the subject).

The best images you will get a concert will come from setting your ISO to the highest setting (so as to be as low-light sensitive as possible) and disabling the flash.  (the flash would only be useful if you were on stage with no obstructions between you and the subject…at concerts a flash will only annoy those around you , and leave you with images of the backs of people’s heads in focus. 

Since you didn’t mention your specific camera model, or what lenses you work with, it’s a bit tough for me to make meaningful recommendations here.  My best advice would be to send an email to us at, with this request again, and mention what specific model camera and lenses you have, and our agents there can advise you a bit more specifically on getting the best performance from your camera.

I use a Fuji XE2 and have a Fuji 55-200 telephoto zoom.  I am interested in trying a Teleconvertor add on lens to increase the reach if this can be done without excessive image degredation.  If there is such an add on to go between the camera body and the lens with a pass through ability that would maintain all the functions and image stabilization that would be perfect.  If not, then is there an add on that would fit on the front 62mm thread of my Fuji 55-200?  If so, what is the highest quality such add on?  Since it is front mounted am I correct in thinking that the features of the Fuji lens, including image stabilization, auto focus etc will be maintained?  Thanks.  Ed

Unfortunately there are not any teleconverter options offered for the Fuji X mount system to go between the camera and the lens.  As far as add on lenses go, there are not many for this lens which has a 62mm sized thread.  There are not any teleconverter versions with a 62mm mount.  The closest we have is 58mm and comes with a step-down adapter ring (could cause vignetting).  The optical quality of this option will likely cause some image degredation.  I am sorry there are not more options for telephoto lenses for this system at the current time.  See the link below for details on this add-on lens option:

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