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microfreak Jul 1, 2005 5:31 PM


Do you know if this Ambico is good?? Anyone has any comments about this lens brand??

Thanks in advance!

I'm also checking this one's out:

Please tell me your opinions:-)

TechJD Jul 1, 2005 8:55 PM

well Ambico makes Tripods, they do sell a few lenses but they dont make them

and I have read several neg post on Crystal Optics and Titanium

microfreak Jul 1, 2005 10:47 PM

Thanks for the reply TechJD!

UPDATE: I won't buy those lenses thanks to your advice and some receach I've been doing on the side). Instead, I'mcurrently bidding foran original Sony Telephoto 2.0x lens (VCL-R2052). What do you think of this one?A better choice right? :-)


TechJD Jul 2, 2005 12:35 AM

looks like a good lens and good buy
good luck

good thing I just ordered me a new 2X or I just might have bid againt ya :)

not really I'm just not that type of person :)

microfreak Jul 2, 2005 10:45 PM

Hahahahahaha!! Very funny! :?

Hey, what telephoto model did you buy? And for what camera? I'm buying this for my Mavica CD-500. I'mlookingto extend myzoomwith this thing.How does your telephoto 2.0x works?Does it makes a lot of difference? My camera has a 3x (although it has a Smart Zoom system and Iend up with a somewhat 12x zoom in VGA mode, but it gets very rough at 12x so Idon't know if the object is on focus, a little frustrating :cry:)... Soi'll end up with 24x in VGA mode with my new Telephoto 2.0x..mmmm (:roll:thinking...).....that's exciting!:D

lucky2505 Jul 2, 2005 11:55 PM

Judging by the pictures I've seen of the VCL-R2052, it appears to be smaller than the Olympus TCON-17 and MUCH smaller and lighter than the Sony VCL-HGD1758 which probably means it has less elements/groups than either of those teleconverters. It certainly won't be as good as them. Whether or not it will be good enough to satisfy you depends on how critical you are.

TechJD Jul 3, 2005 1:07 AM

I have a Kodak DX6490 (10x optical 3X Digital Zoom)
well I bought a "Merkury 2X Professional Series"
very disapointed, working on getting my money back

Merkury at 50% Zoom {truck is 60ft away}
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Merkury at 60% Zoom
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Merkury at 100% Zoom {tree is 300yds away}
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Tokina 2X ( bought for RCA VHS Camcorder 10 years ago )
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Note: for teleconverters it dont matter what it's made for if you can get an adpater and step rings to make it work :)

lucky2505 Jul 3, 2005 1:43 PM

"Note: for teleconverters it dont matter what it's made for if you can get an adpater and step rings to make it work :)"

I'm afraid that isn't true. Many of the teleconverters that are being marketed for use with digital cameras were originally designed for use with camcorders which have nowhere near the optical resolution of most of today's digital cameras. A teleconverter which works fine on a camcorder may not work well at all on a digital camera. I suspect that's why you are disappointed with the Merkury 2X Professional Series. Of course, this is a generalization. Some, though certainly not most, teleconverters which were developed for camcorders, e.g., the Sony VCL-HGD1758, are high quality and work well on digicams, also.

TechJD Jul 3, 2005 3:02 PM

The "Merkury 2X Professional Series" is supposted to be design for Digital Cameras not Video

for those of us who dont have hundreds of dollars to spend on a Teleconvert
and some some of them they cost more than my camera

I'm just saying that some of the older better made Video Tele Converters are
better than most of the cheap Digital Camera Tele Conveters being sold today

Sony stuff is good, but not all of us can afford Sony
as well as other name brand lenses

there are adpater rings for most any size you want

this Merkury has a 52mm thread mount but the opening for the optics is 30mm
so not much differant than puting a 37mm lens with a 28mm opening
so it still causes virgetting ( how ever it's spelled )

microfreak Jul 3, 2005 11:11 PM

Guys, thanks for the replies...but you know what just happened? I lost the bid!!!!:angry:, Somebody came out of nowhere and won the Teleconverter! Anyways,minutes before I found out that it doesn'thave any front threads for filters and that it is basically a teleconverter for camcorders (dunno which model),my desire to buy it was kind of wearing out. I also found out that it has 3 elements and3 groups.

Can anyone explain to me what does that mean????:?Wild guess, the more the better right? But really what are those???:O


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