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Old Mar 29, 2004, 11:45 PM   #1
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Based on my limited use of the camera so far I think I need to get a telephoto lens. Anyone have any suggestions? I know Minolta makes a 1.5X tele and I've seen them as high as 3X. Found this auction on Ebay too. Any info would be appreciated.

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Old Mar 30, 2004, 3:25 AM   #2
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Based on my limited use of the camera so far I think I need to get a telephoto lens. Anyone have any suggestions? I know Minolta makes a 1.5X tele and I've seen them as high as 3X. Found this auction on Ebay too. Any info would be appreciated.
The Minolta 1.5X is not yet available. as far as I know. The Kenko 3X is worth your investment because its image quality is below average. Meanwhile you have a number of choices:. See here: http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=17608 and http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=18167

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Thanks for those links, I had seen that post before but couldn't remember where I had seen it. Looks like the Olympus TCON-17 may be the way to go. Especially since it's much less expensive than the 14b.
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I've looked into this too and I think the TCON-17 is about the highest mag you can get. The convertors that go above this are all for smaller aperture cameras and will vignette horribly. The Minolta convertor is available from April. It's 150 here (so I guess that means about $150 in the US) and it also comes with a firmware upgrade to allow the menu selection of the correct focal length. This adjusts the cameras lens elements and keeps the photographic information correct. It'll be better than the Olympus, but maybe 340mm is more attractive to you than 300mm.
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Actually, I like the idea of using a Minolta lens better and I think 300mm would be enough.
You raised another question for me, how would the firmware be installed? Is it on a card that just plugs into the camera?
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FYI

The Minolta tele adapter comes with a firmware update... It shows up as an option in the menu that one must select to enable the A2 to better match the new focal lenght (may be the anti-shake as well)!

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I doubt if it has any effect on the anti-shake - that's the advantage of putting the function in the body instead of the lens - but I guess putting a tele-convertor on the Panasonic FZ10 might interfere with its IS. Don't know how the upgrade is delivered. Maybe via the USB and the internet, with some security mechanism if Minolta are determined to charge for it (why?).

It's a pity that they can't come up with a 2X convertor, even if it loses some aperture. The AS can cope with it. I personally think I'll get the TCON-17 because it's half the price and a bit longer. 150 for a 1.5X tele is taking the mickey.
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I doubt if it has any effect on the anti-shake - that's the advantage of putting the function in the body instead of the lens - but I guess putting a tele-convertor on the Panasonic FZ10 might interfere with its IS. Don't know how the upgrade is delivered. Maybe via the USB and the internet, with some security mechanism if Minolta are determined to charge for it (why?).
The converters come with a CD with the upgrades for all the Dimages including the D7i... If you search carefully on the dpReview forum, you'll realize the included firmware also adjusts for the slight vignetting at corners with the WA adapter!
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The converters come with a CD with the upgrades for all the Dimages including the D7i... If you search carefully on the dpReview forum, you'll realize the included firmware also adjusts for the slight vignetting at corners with the WA adapter!
When you say all the Dimages, does that include the Z1?

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Do thoses converters fit the Z series? ... kind of big and heavy for that camera isn't it? (I don't know!)
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