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Old Oct 17, 2005, 1:29 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone knows when Kodak will release their Telephoto lens for the p850? I've only seen the aftermarket version from Opteka, but I haven't found any reviews for it and the saying goes, you get what you pay for. I was looking through other posts, but was unable to find any info on an other aftermarket telephoto lens. I have most of the other lenses offered by Kodak, but the telephoto lens is the one that most intrigues me.
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Old Oct 17, 2005, 2:06 PM   #2
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Opteka add on lenses, in my experience, are not of extremely high quality lenses. My resolve has been to avoid them.

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Stay away from Opteka, you bought a good camera, buy a good lens. If you can't wait for the Kodak tele, you may want to check out the Olympus Tcon 17. I don't know for sure it will work with the p850 but id does a great job with the 6490-7590 series, has a 55mm thread and is 1.7 magnification. Perhaps you could check with a local camera shop, most will let you try things instore

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Stay away from Opteka, you bought a good camera, buy a good lens. If you can't wait for the Kodak tele, you may want to check out the Olympus Tcon 17. I don't know for sure it will work with the p850 but id does a great job with the 6490-7590 series, has a 55mm thread and is 1.7 magnification. Perhaps you could check with a local camera shop, most will let you try things instore

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Buy the OLYMPUS TCON 1.7X part number 200862. Works great with the 850 and uses the same 55mm lens adapter. It's stronger then the KODAK teleconverter on top of it.
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For the price of the Opteka lens, it was too good to be true. Hopefully Kodak will come out with more lenses. I appreciate everyone helping me out!
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You really can't get much better quality for the money than the TCON-17. The Kodak Tele lens is going to be a 1.4X and the Tcon is a 1.7X. I bet the TCON will be cheaper too.

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I just bought the TCON 1.7 for about $110. Hopefully it works great. I'm just going to continue to look for other filters/lens to enhance my experience.
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