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Old Mar 17, 2006, 3:46 PM   #11
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Went to Best Buy this morning to speak to the people at the Geek Squad desk ((Best Buy's in house and at home repair dept.). They do not service DX7440

THE SITUATION IS AS FOLLOWS

1/I have a out of mommissionDX7444

2/I have a 2x Kodak aux lens for the above that I used twice and thought the images were krapppp. Perhaps if I sent the camera to Kodak it could have resoled for free

3/Kodak wants $110.00 to fix it (without looking at it) plus a absurd frt. charge plus tax (total about $150.00) or buy a refurb with 6MP and only 3x optical zoom (I want optical zoom more than more MP) for $199.00 plus frt. and tax = about $250.00 (the Kodak deal sounds more like a ransom that a repair or refurb deal)

4/ Been looking at the Z730 new for $190 (looks like the DX7444 and takes my kodak 2x aux)

5/ My DX7444 can still serve as a picture viewer when connected to the t.v. or be used to break wallnuts or straighten nails.

6/I will have toturn on my Dioginese lantern and search for a honest repairman

7/ Find a place place to have camera fixed at a non stranulating rate and a down to earth freight charge (72 virgins not need on this delivery)

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Old Mar 17, 2006, 4:33 PM   #12
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[align=left] BADABING BADABOOM[/align]
[align=left]Most of problem resolved![/align]
[align=left]Just ordered the Z730 5MP 4x optical zoom $198.00 at Amazon, no tax and free freight. will be here in about 5 days.[/align]
[align=left]Z7590 and the 10x zoom will have to do for the time. If I want the picture to be bigger I will just have to move closer![/align]
[align=left]Will look into finding repair on DX7444 but no mega rush.[/align]
[align=left]My 2 trpods and monopod can continue to do what they have been doing in the corner of the closet in peace.[/align]
[align=left]On to new problems dejure.[/align]
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[align=left]BiLL[/align]
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 6:26 PM   #13
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Trainman, the TCON is good down the zoom for quite a bit. You do not have to use full zoom to use the TCON. Just a guess but around 7X is about as far down as you can go before the dark circle starts maybe 6X.
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Old Mar 18, 2006, 8:18 AM   #14
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I love my Oly T CON 1.7. on my DX7590 and on my Z7590. Loved it on my P850 that I no longer have. The KODAK TCON 1.4 will also giveyou vignetting at the low end of zoom. In fact any teleconverter will. I have never heard of a "warning" or complaint about either lens till 05_Silver_Allezbrought it up.
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Old Mar 18, 2006, 11:04 AM   #15
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SW2CAM

If cost were no object which would yo go with the Oly or the Kodak ?

Which is more hand holdable (lighter in weight) ?

Is the Kodak betterin lower light such as birds in the trees (bird feathers tend to absorb light rather than reflect it) ?

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Old Mar 18, 2006, 11:33 AM   #16
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The Tcon for my money!!

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Old Mar 18, 2006, 11:36 AM   #17
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I think that the quality of the Kodak and olympus Tcon are the same!!

Even if the 1.4x tcon from kodak was less expansive, I would buy the Olympus 1.7x...

1- If you buy a tcon its because you need more zoom

2-If you needsomezoomthe tcon17 is better than the Kodak1.4x!!!!


But that's just my opinion....


*When I bought my Tcon17, the sales clerk told me that Olympus is making the best quality teleconverter on the market for non-dslr cameras!!!



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Old Mar 18, 2006, 11:57 AM   #18
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Bill................I would go with the OLYMPUS TCON 1.7 p/n 200862 just for the added power. I do not and I have not had the KODAK unit. I bet they are both as good as one another in quality. Weight I bet they are close to the same and not noticeable when in use. KODAK did not offer the 1.4 TCON when I bought the OLY. I bought the OLY because people like DAWG, IAN and many others were so very happy with it.
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Old Mar 18, 2006, 3:31 PM   #19
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sw2cam wrote:
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I have never heard of a "warning" or complaint about either lens till 05_Silver_Allezbrought it up.

SW2cam.....my post did not warrant a "warning" nor a "complaint" about the T-Con 17. I merely stated that the focus sensor in the Kodak cameras dont qite handle the zoom of the Oly 1.7. It is evident in most shots taken with the 1.7. For example if you look closely at shots taken with the 1.7 teleconversion lens you can clearly see tht the outer edges of the subject in focus had deteriated. It is very clear in moon shots, it is also clear to see in bird shots. Just look at some of the shots closely that have been taken with the T-con, and look closely at the outer edges and you can see wht I am speaking of. I am just saying that if you want to get 100 o/o clear focus on the subjects that you are shooting, the T-con will not give 100 o/o. I am not sure if the Kodak 1.4 will give 100 o/o clear focus throughout the subject, although itseems if a 1.7 would be of great value to a Kodak digicam, then Kodak would put one on the market.I am happy with the 1.7 but not 100 o/o satisfied with the outcome in the finished photo. Someone thta does not look for 100 o/o quality in a shot may not feel the same way as I do.
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Old Mar 18, 2006, 4:00 PM   #20
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Ok...........thats fine with me, but I have never "heard" or "read"this untill you posted

Bill for what it's worth, I have heard that the oly 1.7 is a bit much for the focus sensor (I think that is what it's called) to handle in the kodak cameras, hence this is why kodak's tele lens is a 1.4

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