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Old Mar 3, 2007, 12:18 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I have been reading some of the older messages in the group about the Olympus Tcon-17 lens and the older kodak cameras. I got a good deal on one off of ebay so I picked it up for use with my Z612, talk about a zoom monster now.

My question is what are the best settings to use with this lens? I have tried it with auto and had okay results. So, what manual settings do those who are experienced with this lens use, as I want to use it for shooting some sports and autoracing mostly in the day but some at night at a well light track. Also, some animal shots and plans flying over. I actually got a good shot of a plane flying over today, I was able to see the prop and read the numbers on the plan. Pretty cool.

Also, any other information you want to pass on would be greatly appreciated. Any filters that might work well with it? Camera settings that may give the best results, so on...

Thank you in advance...

Andrew

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Old Mar 4, 2007, 12:11 AM   #2
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The Tcon-17 is a good one and I highly recomend it. I shoot most times in Program mode with the Tcon and adjust either the ISO setting or the Exposure compensation setting to get my shots. If you are shooting the moon then here are a couple of shots of the moon and the EXIF data.

Photo #1 Full optical and full digital Zoom with the DX6490 Kodak camera and the TCON-17 lens.


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Old Mar 4, 2007, 12:13 AM   #3
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The EXIF Data for the above photo

[Camera]
Exposure Time = 1/60"
F Number = F3.7
Exposure Program = Manual
Exif Version = Version 2.2
Date Time Original = 2006-09-03 19:27:08
Date Time Digitized = 2006-09-03 19:27:08
Components Configuration = YCbcr
Shutter Speed Value = 6 TV
Aperture Value = 3.8 AV
Exposure Bias Value = ±0EV
Max Aperture Value = F3.73
Metering Mode = Spot
Light Source = unknown
Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length = 63mm
Maker Note = 1300 Byte
Flashpix Version = Version 1.0
Color Space = sRGB
Exif Image Width = 0
Exif Image Height = 0
Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 2404
Exposure Index = 80
Sensing Method = One-chip color area sensor
File Source = DSC
Scene Type = A directly photographed image
Custom Rendered = Normal process
Exposure Mode = Manual exposure
White Balance = Auto white balance
Digital Zoom Ratio = 3x
Focal Length In 35mm Film = 380mm
Scene Capture Type = Normal
Gain Control = None
Contrast = Normal
Saturation = Normal
Sharpness = Normal
Subject Distance Range = unknown

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Old Mar 4, 2007, 12:14 AM   #4
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Photo #2 Full Optical zoom with the TCON-17 and the DX6490 Kodak camera.

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EXIF Data for the above photo!

[Camera]
Exposure Time = 1/45"
F Number = F3.7
Exposure Program = Manual
Exif Version = Version 2.2
Date Time Original = 2006-09-03 19:28:05
Date Time Digitized = 2006-09-03 19:28:05
Components Configuration = YCbcr
Shutter Speed Value = 5.5 TV
Aperture Value = 3.8 AV
Exposure Bias Value = ±0EV
Max Aperture Value = F3.73
Metering Mode = Spot
Light Source = unknown
Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length = 63mm
Maker Note = 1300 Byte
Flashpix Version = Version 1.0
Color Space = sRGB
Exif Image Width = 0
Exif Image Height = 0
Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 2404
Exposure Index = 80
Sensing Method = One-chip color area sensor
File Source = DSC
Scene Type = A directly photographed image
Custom Rendered = Normal process
Exposure Mode = Manual exposure
White Balance = Auto white balance
Digital Zoom Ratio =
Focal Length In 35mm Film = 380mm
Scene Capture Type = Normal
Gain Control = None
Contrast = Normal
Saturation = Normal
Sharpness = Normal
Subject Distance Range = unknown

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Old Mar 4, 2007, 12:47 AM   #6
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Another TCON-17 aided photo. This shot was from about 40 to 50 feet away!




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You can go here for more!
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=18
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Andrew, if you have an accessory lens setting, use it . Don't use landscape mode with the tcon, it'll throw off the af

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Old Mar 4, 2007, 2:17 PM   #9
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Big Dawg,



You are awesome. Thank you for the info. I guess my biggest problem is I never used the manual modes. I try to do everythin through the auto modes and that has been my problem in learning with the TCON. I have to admit though I do not know what all the settings are yet. I am still trying to learn the different things to adjust let's say to get the squirrel photo, how fast to set the shutter speed, and then what to set the iso at or the f mode at to get that shot. Which is wonderful. That and I discovered I have to either adjust my tri-pod or get a new one, because with the tcon on it my camera wants to spin around from the weight. Not fun



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Old Mar 4, 2007, 2:32 PM   #10
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Big Dawg ,can you tell me EXIF reader you`re using.

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