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Old Dec 29, 2004, 9:03 PM   #1
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I want to buy a tele lens for my fz20, and hesitate between the Canon TL-55 and the Minolta ACT-100. Which one would most of you recommend. I cant afford the Panasonic, Sony or Oly Tcon14b and the Oly Tcon17 seems to produce too much light fall off in the corners for my liking. The TL-55 seems very sharp in the centre but not to the sides and the ACT-100 seems to have the same sharpness all the way across, but maybe a bit less than the TL-55's center sharpness. Would I notice these differences at all when photographing birds etc... the diff is about $40.can more for the minolta lens. I have read the "Tele Converter Comparisons" at http://www.cs.mtu.edu but still would like your opinions.:?

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Old Dec 30, 2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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The act100 looks to be slightly better lens than the tl55 but the size/weight differential would definitely go to the tl55. The act100 is over 3x the weight of the tl55.


tl-55: 75.5mm × 44.2mm, 158g (5.6 oz)


act-100: 89mm × 80mm, 505g (17.8 oz)
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 10:42 AM   #3
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Hello Gilles,

You may also want to consider an Olympus B300.

Presuming you have a 62mm adapter for your FZ20, you would need a 62-55 stepdown ring. If you have a 55mm adapter, you are good to go.

There are currently two B300s on Ebay for sale (and, no, I am not selling them nor do I know the sellers!)

Go here to see whatthe B300can do.:-)

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=50
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FYI, b300=tcon17.
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Old Dec 31, 2004, 12:15 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your input, I will have a look at the B300 as a possibillity and yes the ACT100 is a pretty hefty lens andis why I hesitate.:roll:

Thanks again for your input,

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