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    if i'm not wrong, a teleconverter acts as a magnifier rite? is that all it can do? how much will one cost? how do i choose a good one to suit my needs?

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    Originally posted by shuy
    if i'm not wrong, a teleconverter acts as a magnifier rite? is that all it can do? how much will one cost? how do i choose a good one to suit my needs?
    It depends on the camera you're going to use the Teleconverter with, and what lenses. Cost wise Teleconverters run from under 50-60 bucks for digicams to well over $1000 for specialist units for long lenses.

    The best method of choosing a TC is to try it out, shoot a test roll and ensure it doesn't vignette the corners if your using fast lenses and that it's sharp across the image. Also doing some research on the net to find reviews for TC's for your particular camera and lens combination will help, however, don't place a great deal of creedence on reviews, as the authors are often biased etc.
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    Originally posted by shuy
    if i'm not wrong, a teleconverter acts as a magnifier rite? is that all it can do? how much will one cost? how do i choose a good one to suit my needs?
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    any recommendations for a student with 100 bucks trying to take nature shots?

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    Originally posted by shuy
    any recommendations for a student with 100 bucks trying to take nature shots?
    What body are you using? From your avatar, I assume it's a P+S type DC?

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    yup, an epson 3100z. i still need a lens adaptor rite?

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    Originally posted by shuy
    any recommendations for a student with 100 bucks trying to take nature shots?
    If you're referring to a teleconverter lens, then just do a search here on ClubSNAP and on the Web for posts about teleconverter lens models like the Olympus B-300, Olympus A-200, Olympus C-210, Olympus C-180, Canon TL-55 and Canon TL-46. These are the ones that I can think of off-hand that are generally considered to be of good optical quality; there are lots of other cheap teleconverter lenses out there with high purported magnification factors, but these are generally not worth your money if image quality is a concern in your photography.

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    One thing to note. Even a 2X teleconvertor will not really help much for a camera with 3xZoom(35-105mm=>70-210mm).

    210mm isn't really enough for nature photography. Perhaps good for macros with closeup filters but still insufficient reach for birds and wildlife.

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    I'm confused... for Olympus Digital Camera Accessories, I only saw the TCON-14 which is 1.45x which fits 46mm thread. But don't see any info about B300 and A200.. how do these compare and how do they fit in??

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    sheesh........ didn't know photography could cost so much

    maybe i'll just stick to a closeup filter till i get enuff $$

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    Originally posted by stk
    I'm confused... for Olympus Digital Camera Accessories, I only saw the TCON-14 which is 1.45x which fits 46mm thread. But don't see any info about B300 and A200.. how do these compare and how do they fit in??
    The TCON-14B is a special teleconverter Olympus made for its E-series DZLR cams. Its attaching thread is 62mm (not 46mm). I believe the B300 has a smaller thread than the TCON-14B's, but the quality of both are at par with each other.

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    Last edited by Que Lynn; 11th October 2002 at 07:40 AM.

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    Originally posted by shuy
    sheesh........ didn't know photography could cost so much
    Welcome to the world of photography....

    But seriously, although there are plenty of tools out there that can greatly assist you in getting the kind of photos you want, it's silly to jump on the bandwagon and buy stuff that you might not even understand how to use, let alone utilise fully to achieve what you want. Contrary to popular belief, it's perfectly all right to stick with simple equipment and master that first... and once you've grown more experienced and discovered the limitations that prevent you from taking the photos you want, only then is it time to consider getting more equipment to overcome these limitations. Don't be like the stereotypical "equipment collector" who has lots of lenses/bodies/tripod heads/etc to show off but who never actually uses these resources.

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    Originally posted by Que Lynn


    The TCON-14B is a special teleconverter Olympus made for its E-series DZLR cams. Its attaching thread is 62mm (not 46mm). I believe the B300 has a smaller thread than the TCON-14B's, but the quality of both are at par with each other.
    Actually i found some info liao... the TCON-14B u mentioned is really 62mm.. but there is also a TCON-14 (no 'B') which is 46mm and is meant for the C-x0x0 series of digicams.. the TCON-14 quality is reported to be 'good glass' too..

    http://www.cliffshade.com/dpfwiw/c-2...ex.htm#tcon-14

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    Which one? 1.4x or 2x for a Nikon AF 70-30mm ED 4-5.6 lens?

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