Canon PowerShot S5/S3 IS

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Introducing the Lensmate Powershot S5/S3 IS 52mm (shown on left) and 58mm lens adapters. Like all our lens adapters, the S5/S3 IS adapter is machined from 6061 aluminum. It's then bead-blasted and anodized to complement the finish of the black Powershot S5/S3 IS.

In addition to allowing the use of filters and conversion lenses, the adapter protects the delicate zoom mechanism and lens from the inevitable bonks of everyday usage, as well as allowing the camera to be left on with a lens cap in place. It also allows the use of a conventional clip-in lens cap, which stays in place until removed.



Having a metal thread, it will never strip or cross thread like a plastic adapter can. You'll also find that the adapter provides a place for your left hand - especially handy when using the viewfinder. Both hands on the camera and the viewfinder to your eye provides the most stable platform for avoiding camera shake.

Those who like the full time protection a lens adapter provides will be glad to know there are no blocking issues common to similar cameras. Because the S5/S3 IS has an electronic viewfinder, the adapter is never visible in the viewfinder - and there's no flash shadow at any focal length either with the built in pop-up flash. See #5 below.

Some may find the 36mm wide end of the S5/S3 IS limiting, but with the quick-change bayonet mount, adding or changing lenses is a snap. In addition to the Canon wide converter WC-DC58A .75X, several non-Canon wide converters can be used with the S5/S3 IS. The Raynox DCR-720, the new Raynox DCR-730, and the Raynox 6600. For non-Canon teleconverters, the Raynox 1540 1.54x performs well. Samples from all of these lenses, as well as macro lenses are included here, see links below.

For further information see FAQ.

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Canon PowerShot S5/S3 IS FAQ

1. What's the length of the Lensmate S5/S3 IS 52mm adapter?
1.625" or 41.28mm.

2. What's the length of the Lensmate S5/S3 IS 58mm adapter?
1.697" or 43.1mm. This is exactly the same length as the Canon LA-DC58E (or LAH-DC20). The Lensmate adapters are designed to be just slightly longer than the cameras lens at full zoom.

3. Why is the 52mm adapter shorter?
The Canon 58mm adapter is designed around their converters. We designed our 52mm adapter to be as short as possible to minimize the potential for vignetting (darkened corners) with wide-angle converters.

4. Can I use the lenscap that came with my S5/S3 IS on either Lensmate adapter?
No, each Lensmate adapter comes with a "end cap", you will still need to purchase a 52mm or 58mm clip in style lenscap. See order page.

5. Can the 52mm adapter itself cause vignetting at the wide angle setting?
No, neither the 52mm nor the 58mm adapter will cause any vignetting at any focal length.

6. Does the adapter itself create a flash shadow?
Not under normal circumstances, but when the flash is used in very close range at the wide angle setting - less than 3' with the 58mm adapter (either the Lensmate 58mm or Canon LA-DC58E, they're dimensionally identical), and less than 1' with the 52mm adapter, a small amount of flash shadow from the edge of the adapter can be seen.

7. Can I use a 52mm adapter with a 52-58 step ring to use a 58mm lens or filter?
Sometimes. If you're stepping up to a filter or lens hood, no problem. If you're stepping up to a wide converter, you might encounter vignetting.

8. Which adapter should I buy?
If you're buying an adapter for protection, only using filters, a sun hood, a macro lens, or any of the 52mm converters tested here get the 52mm adapter. You can combine a hood and one or more filters (put the filter on first) on the 52mm adapter without vignetting. If you're using the 58mm Canon converters or already have 58mm filters or accessories, get the 58mm adapter. When using a polarizer, simply rotate the hood to dial it in.

9. Are there any issues with internal reflections from the inside of the adapter?
We tested the S5/S3/S2 IS for internal reflections, and even when trying, failed to create any internal reflections caused by the adapter. The S5/S3/S2 ISs lens barrel reaches almost to the end of the adapter at full zoom and only retracts about 3mm at full wide.

10. How do I attach the Lensmate adapter to the S5/S3 IS?
You need to remove the trim ring from the cameras lens barrel, see your owners manual. This exposes the bayonet mount, place the adapter over the mount and click into position. To remove the adapter press the release button on the front of the camera.

11. I find it difficult to thread the converter onto the adapter, what am I doing wrong?
You'll find that it's much easier to thread the converter onto the adapter before mounting the assembly onto the camera. It's also a good idea to turn the camera off so the lens retracts before attaching the adapter to avoid the possibility of damaging the zoom lens. If you have more than one converter, you might want to get an adapter for each so they'll always be ready to bayonet onto the camera quickly.

12. Can I use the 52mm adapter with a step-up ring for the Canon WC-DC58A?
No. Besides the possibility of vignetting, the thread on this lens (and the Canon teleconverter) is extra long with an unthreaded portion on the end which eliminates the possibility of threading it into anything but the Canon or Lensmate 58mm adapter.

13. How to I attach the collapsible rubber lens hood when using a filter?
The filter goes onto the adapter first, then the hood. This is opposite what you would normally do with a hood, but the Hakuba wide hood doesn't have a thread on the outside because the metal ring is tapered to prevent vignetting. When using a polarizer, simply rotate the hood to dial it in.

14. What is the difference between a double coated filter and a HMC?
HMC filters are multi-coated with six layers of coatings that minimize reflections at the filter surfaces which reduces flare and ghosting. The multi-coated filter does a better job of suppressing flares than the double-coated. Otherwise, the polarizing effect is practically identical.

15. Why do I need a polarizer? Do I need a linear or a circular polarizer?
A polarizer deepens blue skies and takes the glare off water and glass. For an excellent comparison click here. The S2/S3 works just fine with a linear polarizer, you can use a circular polarizer but the results will be the same. We sell the Hoya Circular Polarizer and HMC for people who want a multi-coated filter ( HMC means the filter has 6 layers of a coating that helps keep glare and reflection from getting back into the camera), the Hoya linear polarizer is only available in double coated.

16. Can I put a polarizer/hood on my teleconverter?
Of all the teleconverters we tested, only the Raynox 1540Pro and the Raynox 2020Pro have front threads. Their sizes are 67mm and 82mm respectively. You can use both a filter and hood simutaneously with either converter.

17. Can I put a polarizer on my wide converter?
Of all the wide converters we tested, only two, the Raynox DCR720, and Raynox 6600 have a front thread.

18. Will adding a conversion lens affect how the panorama (stitch assist) mode works?
No because the LCD shows exactly what the camera is seeing with or without the conversion lens.

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