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Old Aug 26, 2002, 10:21 PM   #11
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Amy - thanks for the comparisons - answered my immediate question: which teleconverter is the best for my 2100? From your comparison shots it looks like the A200 has most useable zoom. Little less X factor, but I want max zoom range. Have you looked or heard anything about the TCON 14 or 14B and how they compare?
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Old Aug 26, 2002, 10:36 PM   #12
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Have you looked or heard anything about the TCON 14 or 14B and how they compare?
Are you asking about a comparison of the TCON-14 versus TCON-14B or both these and the A200?

The TCON-14 is a clip on, small 1.45x which was originally made for the early Olympus digicams prior to in the 1.5 megapixel resolution range. The TCON-14B 1.45x was made for the Olympus E-10 four megapixel camera and also works with the E-20 five megapixel camera.

The TCON-14 B is very large with a 63mm ocular and an 86mm objective. It has the highest quality optics available from Olympus. The TCON-14 works with the two megapixel Olympus cameras, but has much less sharpness and less light gathering capabilities than the TCON-14B. Side by side image comparisons show notable differences between the two in sharpness across the board.

The A200 is an intermediate between these two - optically about the same quality as the TCON-14 and noticably less sharp than the TCON-14B. It's a good bit larger than the TCON-14 and a good bit smaller than the TCON-14B.

The advantage of the A200 is that it direct connects without a step ring to the C2100UZ and E-100RS and other Olympus models with the same objective size. It's significantly lighter than the TCON-14B and screws on instead of clipping on like the TCON-14.

For best optical quality get the TCON-14B. For best compromise get the A200. The TCON-14 works better with the C700 than with the C2100UZ or E-100RS.

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Old Aug 27, 2002, 11:24 AM   #13
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WoW!! great definitive answer Lin - thanks. Netting it out, sounds like the 14B is the cadilac, the B300 the ferrari, and the A200 the taurus. Think I'll start with the A200, and see what happens. Again looking for max zoom range, which it appears to have.
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Old Sep 3, 2002, 2:35 PM   #14
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Well put, db. I guess that would make the 14, the Pinto!
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Old Sep 4, 2002, 1:10 PM   #15
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Lil,
Thank You , guess I have 2 iron horses and a glass pony (pinto) due to dumb mistake long ago, but I hane never taken it out of its "stable".
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Old Sep 7, 2002, 11:47 PM   #17
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Nice summary Lin, save that one for future discussions.

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