A good filter/lens size to adopt


Status
Not open for further replies.

steely

New Member
Feb 5, 2004
124
0
0
East of SG
#1
Hi,
there are so many Diameter sizes of filters/lenses, I'm thinking the more common sizes will be cheaper and more widely available becos of the higher usage.

I'm using a C-3020Z - with either 41-43mm or 41-52mm adaptors available, I guess the appropriate sizes would be 43mm, 46mm, 49mm , 52mm.

Which would be a good size to take up?

Appreciate all advice, Cheers!
 

steely

New Member
Feb 5, 2004
124
0
0
East of SG
#2
steely said:
Hi,
there are so many Diameter sizes of filters/lenses, I'm thinking the more common sizes will be cheaper and more widely available becos of the higher usage.

I'm using a C-3020Z - with either 41-43mm or 41-52mm adaptors available, I guess the appropriate sizes would be 43mm, 46mm, 49mm , 52mm.

Which would be a good size to take up?

Appreciate all advice, Cheers!

no advice?
sigh....... :(
 

stk

New Member
Jan 29, 2002
527
0
0
AMK, Singapore
Visit site
#3
I would go for 52mm as my first choice as it is widely available. Do note however that the bigger the filter, the more it would block the built-in flash. :)

To add on, if you're just thinking of fixing a UV or Skylight filter to protect the lens, then 43mm would do fine. But if you'd like to buy and stack filters, go for 52mm. U should also consider if you wanna buy an add-on tele or wide converter, it would be best if the thread size of these works well with you filter/adapter ring size.
 

steely

New Member
Feb 5, 2004
124
0
0
East of SG
#4
thanks stk, will look into that thread size! :)

Just hv to live with the flash-shadow i guess; the lack of a shoe on this older camera bites....won't hv the luxury of using flash for tele/macro then

cheers!
 

stk

New Member
Jan 29, 2002
527
0
0
AMK, Singapore
Visit site
#5
Just recalled something.. the 41-43mm adaptor is Olympus CLA-1 and the 41-52mm adaptor is third party right? I'll advise to go for the CLA-1 and then get a step-up ring to 52mm for filters. The length of the third party adaptor may not work as well with your camera. Do read the following article...

http://dpfwiw.com/c-2000z/lens_cap/index.htm

Btw.. the C-3020 is a very decent camera.. I used to have one for a year before switching to my current cam... :)
 

steely

New Member
Feb 5, 2004
124
0
0
East of SG
#6
I got mine for about 2 yrs but only recently tried to wean myself off the AF mode and pick up some basic photography :)

presently I got a 52mm with a UV and no lens crashes, lucky....I would have to get the CLA-1 and some rings if another thread size is more widely available... thanks for your advice again :D

Now all i gotta do is do the rounds and explore some 52mm threaded tele-convs
cheers!

PS
BTW, if anyone's interested , an enlightening site about filters
http://medfmt.8k.com/bronfiltersp.html#protect
 

stk

New Member
Jan 29, 2002
527
0
0
AMK, Singapore
Visit site
#7
I would recommend u to consider the TCON-17 as it should work very well with the C-3020. I've tried the TCON-14b and while the quality is good, the 1.4x magnification is a bit too small for me. I've also tried the C-210 and while the magnification is good, there is some vignetting and distortion at the edges.. U may be interested to see some test shots I've done with the C-3020 and C-210...

http://www.pbase.com/tkseah/c210_test
 

steely

New Member
Feb 5, 2004
124
0
0
East of SG
#8
Stk,
C-210 has vignetting even at full zoom? But not the TCON-17?
the fullzoom at 190mm - looks about 20% of the image needed to cropped away.
hmmmm....I'm thinking does peripheral imagery really matters and affects the overall construction of a zoomed shot? If it doesn't, the C-210 looks good. Of course the TCONs might have other better qualities that I don't know about and hv not considered.

BTW, exceptionally like these pics ;)
http://www.pbase.com/image/14246215/medium
http://www.pbase.com/image/14246407/medium
http://www.pbase.com/image/14246381/medium
http://www.pbase.com/image/9184640/medium
 

stk

New Member
Jan 29, 2002
527
0
0
AMK, Singapore
Visit site
#9
Thanks for liking the pics.. they were all taken with the C-3020 early last year.. :)

Yes, the C-210 has vignetting even at full zoom with the C-3020. I used the C-210 with the CLA-1 and a 43-52mm stepup ring so doubt u can do much about the vigenetting. I've seen my friend's TCON-17 and it has a relatively larger rear lens element so should work much better. But I've not tried it with the C-3020 bcos the cam has already been sold off at that time. Having said that, I find it a bit troublesome to attach and detach tele/wide converters so didn't use them much after the initial thrill..
 

steely

New Member
Feb 5, 2004
124
0
0
East of SG
#10
Was down at CP lunchtime, tried some 3rd party 52mm 2x teleconv (looked like kenkos). The gain was not exactly 2x but probably close to it, vignette-clear from maybe 70% ( judging from the W-T indicator only ) to full zoom.
Seems ok, not the T-CON17 but < half the price.

PC ( diagonally opp ) quoted me another 2X 3rd party brand, at nearly 3X the price...... :sweat:

Screwing the lenses on is bothersome thats true, took me some time to do comparision shots LOL! :p

I hvn't bought any yet, but it seems whatever potential cost diff will be taken up by the expenses of doing the rounds. hehe, but the walkabouts are half the fun anyway :)
 

Status
Not open for further replies.
Top Bottom