45X anyone tried it?
I've just got an Eagle Eye Optic Zoom for my Olympus 3030. I gotta..

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I haven't tried it, but frankly, stacking that many adapters/converters together is asking for it. - You may certainly get a larger image, but I can't imagine the image quality being very good at all. (I'd expect lots of chromatic aberration, lots of flare, low contrast, and soft focus.) - Of course, all this sight unseen.....

Comment #1

I'm with Dave. Not that he needs my vote, he's pretty much a majority of one in my book. I remember seeing the "suggestion" that one could attach additional teleconverters on Eagle Eye's or CKCPower's sites.(probably Eagle Eye's, maybe both?) On another site(possibly Max Lyon's teleconverter page?) I stumbled across in a search for something, someone "reviewed" a few teleconverters and as I recall the Kenko 3X didn't receive very high marks... It could have been a vignetting issue? I think Dave's point about chromatic abberation alone is a very good one. A couple of the teleconverters that I've seen exhibited enough of that on their own. Afocally coupling one lens to another is also bound to provide less quality, let alone doing it twice? Basically, each time you add another complete lens assembly you have two lenses that wouldn't be in the light path if it was all designed as one lens.

I just wish more manufacturers would go to the longer 8X and 10X zooms even though a 10X zoom without a tripod is kind of like french fries without ketchup. You can eat 'em, but they just aren't quite the same.....

Comment #2

Just one more note - the new batch of optically-stabilized 10x zooms that are starting to make their way into the market (latest is Olympus C-2100 ultra-zoom) are *excellent* at reducing vibration, making handheld shots quite feasible. (Sony's FD95 and CD1000 are excellent in this respect also.)..

Comment #3

One advantage to playing stack the adapters with digital is immediate feedback. I tried the stacking (cheapo) teleconverters trick a couple of times with a 35mm. Image quality was nothing to write home about. Also the effective aperture goes way down so both viewfinder visibility and exposure times are really negatively impacted. But it is cheaper than an equivalent lens. Adding elements in front of the lens is not likely to work terribly well either. If it did, there wouldn't be a huge offering of interchangeable lenses, we'd just buy "adapters" instead...

Comment #4

For fun I followed the provided link. The site is remarkable for information not provided and carefully worded answers to FAQs. It indicates adjustments are not required for exposures. Well, no, not exactly, since exposures are TTL typically, the camera can adapt to the light fall-off. Similar implied results for auto-focus but they do seem focused/exposed reasonably well. An answer to what is usually a non-issue.

Some sample shots attribute blur to wind. Well maybe, but..... Clicking thumbnails brings up larger images but quality seems really ghastly although that could be from compression scheme, they loaded quickly. Given that screen images don't need to have quality of actual prints and that they are trying to sell this, I'd have used less compression (if possible ) It might be interesting to play with but it won't work miracles...

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