18th March 2004, 01:18 PM
3rd party teleconverter
Can someone recomend me a 52mm 2x teleconverter? Which brand is good? Cost how much?
18th March 2004, 01:40 PM
Most 2x teleconverters (front-mounted ones for digicams) are meant for video cameras and would degrade the image quality so much that you would not want to use it. They also perform less than 2x (usually 1.3x).
Anyway, you don't need 52mm ones as step up rings are cheap and allow you to use larger ones. A good one is Olympus TCON17 1.7x tele which costs ~$140.
18th March 2004, 01:53 PM
Agree that those cheap (around $80) 2X telecon sux big time. Tested in shops, looks like only 1.2 to 1.3X. TCON17 is a pretty good one. Wow AP quoted me $165 for that. Phew lucky didn'y buy. Any other recommendation for telecons?
18th March 2004, 02:03 PM
So, is this for 55mm??
Originally Posted by renegade
Since we are in the topic of converter, may I ask about Wide Angle converter too? as in which type and brand is good and also the price if possible
FYI: I'm using S5000
18th March 2004, 02:16 PM
TCON17 is 55mm threaded. For wide-angle converter, can consider the Olympus WCON07 0.7x which costs ~$180. But do try out first and look for any dark corners when the camera is not zoomed..
19th March 2004, 02:10 PM
19th March 2004, 02:23 PM
Check out my first post on the topic where I mentioned "front-mounted ones for digicams". Olympus has also some for their fixed lens SLR.
Originally Posted by sumball
These differ from those used in changeable lens SLRs where you fit them between the body and lens and result in loss of light.
chatswood's use of "52mm" indicates the "digicam" type of teleconvertors. SLR converters generally do not have "mm" specs, except for screw mount ones.
Another difference is that front-mounted ones may not lose light or lose less light compared to SLR equivalent. e.g. Olympus B300, a 1.7x front mounted tele, lose less than 1/2 stop of light when used with Fujifilm S602Z based on my own testing. Smaller ones like Olympus C-180 lose more than one stop.
Besides front-mounted teleconverters, there're also wide-angle converters that could increase the field of view.
Last edited by mpenza; 19th March 2004 at 02:26 PM.
19th March 2004, 02:54 PM