I bought Kenko 41->52 tubes for the 30x0/40x0 series. I have no trouble installing them on the 3020 and the 4040. It clears the lens barrel by plenty after installing a 52mm UV filter on top of it. The beauty of using such an adapter with a UV filter is that it protect the barrel and lens, and it lets you keep the camera turned on (and it goes to battery saving sleep mode after 5 minutes) without risking damage to the lens and barrel. Since the 3040 and the 4040 share the exact lens and barrel, it will work fine on the 3040 too. One thing you should be aware before investing in such a tube adapter would be that the tube will cast a shadow on the lower left-hand corner of the image on flash shots unless you zoom in half way.
BTW, you can buy such an adapter for $14.34 at www.2filter.com...
Another important point is that don't save your money on cheap filters. A poor quality one will degrade the performance of your camera. I use the Hoya HMC UV filters and they work very well...
I just purchased a C-4040 and am very interested in a telephoto solution. can you tell me what your exact set-up you are using ??.
What about vinenneting?? Is it bad if any on the 4040 ??..
Who could speak ( test ) about the 2X from HAMA (44332,44333) have a C-3000 thanks..
I've bought the Olympus TCON-14 1.45x. I'm pleased with the corner to corner sharpness of the image it produces, which is better than many others. Yep, there is vignetting... even with an Olympus recommended converters. Olympus recommends that you use full zoom for best performance with the TCON-14. I see no vignetting when I zoom in at least 2.5x.
I'd tested a couple teleconverters with step-up rings from an old film SLR camera. One was a 1.5x and the other was 1.8x. Both are vignette free on full zoom and image quality of the converters are the same either I use them on my old SLR or my new Oly 4040. I would recommend that you reuse one from an old SLR before shelling out a big deal on an expensive one that's labelled "made for digital cameras". They don't differ much in term of usage..
Hey Ed, regarding teleconverters and vignetting; I picked up a kenko 3x teleconverter for my 4040. need to digitally zoom to avoid vignetting, and I believe it may be causing some sort of distortion. does the power of the lens have anything to do with vignetting? if I use the 1.45x lens, will I need to digitally zoom to avoid this? thanks,.
Just bought a Camelia 3000-Zoom, really like the camera except for the way the lens cap situation is designed. The usual have to take it off to take a photo. Manual says the lens size is 6.5 or 19.5 mm. Is it just easiest to leave the lens cap off altogether and just use the filter as protection. Any feedback would be appreciatedwino..
I have just purchased a wide angle convertor for my Olympus C-3020. It is called the WCON-08E B-28 Wide Angle Lens. There appears to be no reviews of this on the internet at various sites I have checked. I was wondering if anyone has used this lens on this discussion forum and what were your experiences with it...
Hi Vince, The 1.45x TCON-14 from Olympus will give you vignet-free optical zoom range from 2.5-3x; no digital zoom is required. I can even put a 46mm warming filter on before attaching the converter without vignetting at full optical zoom. So it even leaves room for you to play with an inboard filter. Recently I am trying out Olympus's C-180 1.7x converter on my C-4040. They don't mix too well. Digital zoom is required to work around vignetting.
Not good! My conclusion is that Olympus TCON-14 is the most workable and affordable teleconverter for 20x0/30x0/40x0 Camedia line. Unless you have $300 to spend on a discontinued Olympus B300 1.7x on eBay, TCON-14 is your best bet for about $60-70. Ed..
Hi wino, I think using a permanent filter is a great idea. In addition to protecting the lens and zoom mechanism, it lets you add filters and teleconverters. The only thing to look out for is flash blockage if you rely on the built-in flash frequently. I use Olympus's CLA-1 plus 43mm UV filter semi-permanently. I have to zoom in 1/4 of the way to work around flash shadow. Ed..
Olympus C-180 retested... I did more experiment with my Olympus C-180 converter. Although I need to apply a bit of digital zoom to get pass the minor vignetting, I found the final images contain more usable pixels than blowing up images taken from the TCON-14 to yield the same size objects. Despite minor vignetting issue, I would conclude that the C-180 do have it's merits as a workable telephoto option for the 3020, 3040 and 4040. I would say that the C-180 and the C-210 are poor men's B300. It's a keeper! Ed..