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Old Aug 9, 2006, 7:23 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried to use the Nikon TC-E17ED with the FZ7? It appears to work very well with the FZ30, but I'm not sure how different the results could be on the FZ7.

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Old Aug 10, 2006, 7:20 AM   #2
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My guess is it will work fine, but Because of the size and weight of that lens an aftermarket adapter would be advised and even then I am not sure of how the combo will balance.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 1:32 AM   #3
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Thanks for the input.

I would have to buy the lens, a Pemaraal adapter with 55mm thread,
and a not-so-cheap 55mm-60mm step-up ring, plus perhaps a big hood
of some kind, and maybe BIG UV filter - all together, more than I
paid for the FZ7 to begin with. Not a decision to take lightly,
however I like the idea of going all-out on the Big Glass, considering
that almost all of my important photos are from quite a distance, and
I may want to use this lens many years from now with cameras that need
the larger optics. (tho I have no intention of ever going dSLR)
I'm just worried I'll get it and find out it isn't ideal for the
FZ7 optics or throws off the autofocus or OIS somehow. N00b worries.

The purple fringing comparison on Shene's teleconverter evaluation
page is really eye-catching. How can the E17ED do what the others can't?

I just realized I'll probably need a monopod, too. The whole combo
should weigh about 1kg, with 2/3 of the weight in the lens. However,
one of my hands already supports the camera on the lens barrel near
where the new center of mass would be.


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Old Aug 11, 2006, 3:07 PM   #4
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CK provides a great service to us that use FZ cameras ......and while I have never used that Nikon lens ....I do not find the fringing with the Tcon 17 that he does.

I would recommend the Tcon 17 and if it does not live up to your expectations then you can move on......That nikon lens will not work on a DSLR or at least not so that you should even consider that option.

And while the Nikon may be very good glass it may not work at all with your next camera.

Lenses work that way......I felt the Tcon14B was the best lens possible for the FZ10 and 20 but it is not as good on the FZ30.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 3:07 PM   #5
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I am not sure How I did that I was running the spell checker and ended up with 2 post sorry.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 9:04 PM   #6
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Eeek! Not the voice of reason! :O Where is the emotionally
indulgent and enabling "go for it!" post that my heart desires? :lol:
Oh, the agony of choosing.... :?
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Old Aug 12, 2006, 9:07 AM   #7
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Go for it



I find myself botting myself in the rear for not going with my heart on decisions like this....I was only stating that the Tcon17 works pretty well.
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 2:28 AM   #8
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The Nikon is clearly superior,though its cost makes the T-CON the more desireable choice. Besides, all reliable tests show the Nikon's actual "superiority" to be so small as to be insignificant vis-a-vis results fromthe T-CON.

After dilgent searching, and not because I cannot afford the Nikon (you can buy a brand new FZ20 ($299) PLUS a quality monopod/tripodfor the price of the Nikon), I chose the T-CON.




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Old Aug 14, 2006, 12:08 PM   #9
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Oh, but the clarity of its images is caaallling meee.... :O

Still undecided... *sigh*


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Old Aug 17, 2006, 8:35 PM   #10
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genece wrote:
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Go for it
I have joined the ranks of the insane. I decided I had spent too much
time agonizing over this decision, and that the envy and longing would weigh
heavy on my heart should I fail to do what is right, so I WENT FOR IT! :shock: :? :G
I guess I'm the guinea pig (oink) for mounting the FZ7 on this lens.
(you know the lens is THE MASTER in this little arrangement.)

Now I need to find an affordable multi coated 86mm UV filter worthy of it,
because I don't want to EVER have to clean the pristine surface of this holy artifact.

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