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Old Feb 1, 2006, 3:32 PM   #1
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There are some minolta act-100 1.5x telecoverters on ebay at very low prices. Excellent glass similar in size and quality to the tcon14b. http://search.ebay.com/search/search...&category0=
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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Fred,

Do you think this lens is just to heavy for the stock adapter on the FZ3? I do have a 55mm UV filter on that I attach any lens to but this thing is about twice the weight of my WCON08:shock:.

It does seem to have very good glass, and for the right price ...

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Brett - The act-100 is very heavy (over 1lb - its an oz heavier than the1.45x tcon14b) and that weight is placed mostly at the front which puts alot of strain on the adapter's plastic threads. If you have a uv filter threaded on real good and tight, I think the fz3 (and4/5) adapter can handle it. My fz5does. Obviously, you need to give it alot of support with your left hand, but that's pretty much natural anyway. The act-100 has 49mm rear threads (the rear pupil is 43mm which is pretty big), so you will need a 55-49mm step ring. This is a very satisfying lens. If you can get one for <$50 don't pass it up. I paid $60 and I'd it again in heartbeat. It really gives you an apprecaitionfor what excellent quality glass is all about. Go for it!
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Thanks Fred, I'll keep an eye on it and if the price is right, snap one up.

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Has anyone tried an ACT 100 on the FZ30? Is it likely to provide superior results to the TCON 17?

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 11:10 AM   #6
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Has anyone tried an ACT 100 on the FZ30? Is it likely to provide superior results to the TCON 17?

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thanks for the link. It looks like the various teleconverters provide fairly similar results.

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