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Old Dec 26, 2013, 8:10 PM   #1
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I picked up an old "Vivitar Macro Focusing Teleconverter" to go on a Canon mount several months ago and then forgot about it. I just set it in my camera (and a tripod) and my grandfather's old nifty fifty and frankly was pretty surprised by the results. I'm certainly no expert and don't have a the Olympus 60 (for example) to compare, but for my purposes I was amazed. I thought those teleconverters were supposed to be no good.

I might have gotten it even better with some better planning and lighting when I took the shot, but I was really just taking it to show people my Christmas gift.
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Old Dec 26, 2013, 8:27 PM   #2
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Everything I've read about them is similar to this..


I would imagine how good or bad they work depends to some extent on how good the lens is you use with them, and most 50mm lenses are excellent.

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Old Dec 26, 2013, 8:55 PM   #3
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Interesting. Sounds like the same thing I have, yeah (except that mine's for a Canon mount. I guess they're designed to be used with the 50s specifically.

I've never used it as just a teleconverter, because honestly the whole rig (lens+TCon+adapter) is pretty large and bulky and I've never gotten around to it. The teleconverter is wider and heavier than the lens itself.

One way or the other anyone interested in experimenting can find these converters on shopgoodwill.com almost all the time. I think I was the only bidder on mine and paid about 5 bucks.

Anyhow, thanks for the link. I shot this one at about 1:4 on the Teleconverter (or about 1:7 on the blue dial), and I'll have to use the suggestion of changing focus on the lens/moving camera instead.

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Old Dec 27, 2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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Looks good to me Sam.
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Old Dec 27, 2013, 9:48 PM   #5
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It looks like a winning combination to me also.
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