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Old Sep 20, 2006, 9:19 AM   #1
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I have a Canon A85 camera and am looking to purchase a telephoto lens. My boys play sports and would like to get closeup pictures from the sidelines and bleaches. I've looked on Amazon at Opteka 3.2 lens and Opteka 2.2. I'm not sure if I need to purchase the adapter with these and if they are manual or automaticand I've also looked at the Canon recommended lens which is more expensive and is a 2.4. I'm such a novice!!! Any suggestions will be helpful!!! Sorry wrong forum, oops.
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Old Sep 20, 2006, 2:59 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with those but I think you should steer clear of them. Go to www.lensmateonline.com and do some research there. It's a very reputable company to deal with. Good luck.



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Old Sep 21, 2006, 8:33 AM   #3
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Thank you Mike. I did go to lensmateonline. I didnt see on their website any telephoto lens for the A85. I did, however,email their sales dept. Thanks again for your help!!

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Old Sep 21, 2006, 8:42 AM   #4
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http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsit...Aseries_1.html
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I did see that link before I emailed sales and saw that they have the telephoto lens for the A80/A95 but nothing for the A85. The one that might have been for the A85 has been discontinued by the manufacturer. And seeing as how they were real specific in mentioning that the converter lens for the A85 is different than the A80/A95 although it looks the same,I don't want to take the chance and order the wrong lens. Thanks again for your continued help. If youhave anymoreideas, suggestions please don't hesistate to send themmy way!

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Old Oct 16, 2006, 2:02 PM   #6
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I have the A85 with Telephoto and Wide Angle attachment lenses.

The camera also requires a lens adaptor which I think is LA52C

I can give you more info if you still need it.

Sample photo with telephoto lens attached



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Old Oct 16, 2006, 2:22 PM   #7
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The lens adaptor is LA-DC52

The Telephoto Lens is TC-DC52

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Old Oct 16, 2006, 2:28 PM   #8
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Go to eBay and put a search for DC52

It will come up with the adaptor, telephoto and wide angle lens.

Remember you must have the adaptor LA-DC52 before you can fix the lenses.

The camera then works as normal for zooming etc.



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Old Oct 17, 2006, 4:57 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info!! What is your opinion about adding such a big lens on a little camera. Does it block the flash or infra-red sensor? Are you satisfied with the results?



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I am far from being a professional photographer.

I am quite satisfied with the results I have had considering it is only a 4 megapixel camera.

To get any action shots you need to be a bit of a magician, not because of any lens faults but because things seem to move faster than you can keep up with.

As for the flash and the redeye light it wont cause a problem because at the ranges you will be working at with the telephoto lens you are out of their effective range anyway.

Hand held action shots with the telephoto are difficult, the bst way would be to use a tripod and wait for the action to come to you rather than try to follow it.

The shot I had of the two soccer players looking up at the ball was in all honesty sheer luck. I tried to get other shots but failed miserably.

In my opinion the best way to get sports shots is with regular film camera with say a 400ASA film loaded in.

The Canon A85 has I think 3.5 x Optical zoom and then anothe 8 x digital zoom. I don't use thye digital zoom (you can bar that via the menu) as a PC will do the same thing using Paintshop Pro or Photoshop.

Don't know if I have been much help ... but I have tried.

Would I buy the lens again ? I doubt it, if I neded closeups I would get myself an 8 or 10Mpixel camera. Also, in my humble opinion, digital cameras have their limits, a standard "old fashioned" film camera will knock spots off them for quality, especially if you want qualty enlargements .

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