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Old Jun 8, 2002, 4:34 AM   #1
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Default telephoto lens for C-2100 UZ

I am thinking of buying a KENKO VC-200 HI 2x High-Res Telephoto Conversion Lens for my C-2100 UZ. Does anyone have information to share on this ?
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Old Jun 8, 2002, 10:00 AM   #2
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I don't have personal experience with the VC-200, but reports on another forum over the last year indicate that the C2100 + V-200 is not a good match. One poster had purchased the V-200 and was returning it immediately because test shots were poor, stating that "The CA is extensive and image quality falls off drastically toward the corners of the image." Another used the VC-200 on an E100RS (same 10x IS lens as the C2100) and found full tele shots to be "fuzzy," but that the VC-200 worked OK for close-ups; examples of those shots are shown here: http://homepage.mac.com/swegs/PhotoAlbum2.html .
FYI, a list of potential teleconverters for the C2100 is here: http://members.cox.net/gandalfpublic/teleconverters.htm That site also has links to tests using some of them, but the VC-200 isn't one of them. In addition, some of the information on the list is outdated. For example, it's nearly impossible to find two of the preferred TCs for the C2100, the A-200 and B-300. From personal experience, those two TCs work beautifully with the C2100 and E100.
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Nix on the 2X - try Eagle Eye in the UK at http://www.eagleeyeuk.com for the B-300 which they have rather frequently. If you can't find the B-300 the 1.45x TCON-14B (not the TCON-14) will work very well.

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Old Jun 9, 2002, 11:02 AM   #4
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Lin the TCON14 also works well with the UZI along with the A200 both are about the same although you need a 49 to 46mm step down ring for the TCON14 and none for the A200 as it has 49mm threads...
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Old Jun 9, 2002, 11:49 AM   #5
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Default Hi Jimmie

Indeed it does - definitely better than the 2X in quesion - by far!

It's not as sharp as either the B-300 or the TCON-14B, but then it doesn't cost nearly as much either.

Here's a comparison between the TCON-14 and TCON-14B with the UZI. The 14B is a good deal sharper (check the roof shingles and the window & blinds), but both will work very well. The 14B has more blue fringe and the 14 more red/green.

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