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Canon TC DC58B - Converter

by Canon

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  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10 x 9.1 cm ; 240 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
  • Item model number: 0300B001AA
  • ASIN: B0009QZX0M
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Dec 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The TC-DC58B tele-converter converts the focal length of the body lens by a factor of approximately 1
5 (35 mm film equivalent at maximum telephoto: approximately 648 mm) when attached

 
 Product Description Canon TC DC58B - converter 
 Lens System Converter 
 Special Functions Tele 
 Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty 
 
 
Lens System
 Type Convert

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Wells on 16 Aug 2009
Convertor lens gives excellent zoom but as others have said there is a little distortion at the edges of the full digital zoom shots but for results v. costs it is a great product to add to the Powershot S5 IS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Honest Joe on 26 Aug 2012
If you want an objective review - this is it. I can afford to be fully objective .... because I did not pay a lot for this teleconverter. In fact I bought this genuine Canon item along with the adapter mount all for about 1/10th the cost advertised elsewhere. Therefore, with only having paid out a little, there is no tendency for me to 'over play' the performance of this converter. Thankfully the converter and adapter I bought are in perfect condition, hardly used, clean optics, mounts, caps and case.

I had my eye on this converter for several years (since buying the S3IS circa 2007), but the cost seem far too high, plus the fact that you need to buy an adapter ring (this allows the lens barrel to move in an out as normal).

Down to the critical review. I carried out test shots with the basic lens and with the adapter in place. I fitted the camera to a tripod and used the self timer to ensure a nice steady image. I took images in the garden at 12x optical zoom, 17x zoom (1.42x digital) and 26x zoom (2.16x digital). With the converter fitted, these became increased to 18x optical, 25.5x zoom (1.42x digital) and 39x zoom (2.16x digital). I normally avoid digital zoom, but carried out the tests to highlight that the 18x optical zoom obtained with the converter in place, can 'in theory' can be matched by the basic lens at 12x zoom with just 1.42x digital zoom.

The result of the shots when viewed on a large PC screen indicate that the 18x optical zoom, when enlarged produces a better image then the 17x zoom (12x optical x 1.42 digital). This is to say, you can enlarge the image without revealing the pixels. Likewise for the higher power zoom test shots.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on 30 Dec 2010
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I bought this item three years ago for my daughter's S3 in order to increase the focal length of the lens on that excellent camera. I am horrified to see that the price has increased considerably since then and to be honest, it's not worth it (and it wasn't really worth it then), for what amounts to a couple of simple lenses in a tube. And that's Amazon's price. On receipt of the item I discovered that an adapter was required in order to fit it to the camera which took the overall cost up to over £100. optical quality was fine until the lens developed an unidentifiable fault which renders the image blurred over the right hand third of the frame. I don't consider this product to be value for money at all but if you want to improve the performance of the S range cameras, then you have little choice. Canon have us over a (lens) barrel with this one. Don't be fooled by the price - there's an extra cost for the adapter.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. M. Fforde on 1 Feb 2009
Great optics, shame about the size. This is big and heavy and clumsy, so even if you buy it I almost guarantee it will stay in the box. The new G10 has a 28mm lens, so if you want wide, go for that.
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467 of 469 people found the following review helpful
Nice, sharp, and clean. 12 July 2005
By Jim Krupnik - Published on Amazon.com
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I was surprised at the heft of this tele converter when it arrived. It comes in a pullstring pouch that offers reasonable protection in a camera bag, purse, or other similar carying case and will hold the lens while attached to the required adapter. It also comes with a lens cap for each end. The converter has a high quality look and feel throughout, and as with the lens hood included in the inexpensive adapter kit (required), the mounting threads are cut accurately enough that the lettering on the lens and hood all line up perfectly at the top of the assembly. It looks as I would expect from Canon, which is to say, instrument quality.

OK, looks don't make good pictures, so here is the rest of the story. The body is made of tough, lightweight materials (FRP?, polycarbonate?), so what you feel when you take the lens out of the case is the weight of several glass elements. The glass coating is well done, as pictures are nice and contrasty. Flare and distortion are minimal, and on par with a quality SLR offering. The base lens on the S2 is fairly fast, and doesn't suffer from defects at maximum telephoto, so this converter was built to complement that quality, and it does a fine job. As a matter of fact, the converter lens is optimized to supplement only the telephoto portion of the main camera lens range, At less than moderate telephoto settings, you end up with a view of the back end of the converter lens, and not much else.

Used as intended, it gives you the ability to use your 5 mp sensor to take spectacular 650 mm telephoto shots with incredible sharpness, color, and detail. There is no comparison to digital zoom at all. This lens alows you to "reach out and touch someone" while using every pixel your sensor has available, and without adding eyeball noticable distortion at all. On top of that, the image stabilizer in the camera lets you shoot 650 mm telephoto pictures handheld in reasonable lighting conditions. Check out the price of a 600 mm image stabilized lens for an SLR and get back to me after you recover. Sure, having a $5,000 SLR body/lens combo will win the comparison at a lab bench, and might be a stop faster (only on the high end though), but the S2/teleconverter combo lets you take far better and more creative pics than the classic 35 mm with a mirror tele lens can ever offer. Further cropping the photos on your computer later will simply amaze you. For the price, it's a must have item. It also catches the action on the field in movie mode from the nosebleed seats at the stadium.

It is a big lens, and will make your S2 look as though it must be an SLR, but the combination of S2 and teleconverter is light enough (compared to an SLR) to carry all day long in a desert without a problem. It offers the digicam prosumer quality glass reach that used to be reserved for higher end SLR's. For what it adds to your photographic range, it's cheap, too.

One suggestion. The lens adapter/lens hood combo you need to mount any of the three converter lenses Canon offers is dirt cheap. The combo sells for around 26 bucks everywhere. The adapter attaches to the camera with a push button release bayonet mount, is quick to change, and feels very secure. The adapter also takes 58 mm filters of all kinds, and I like to keep a UV filter mounted on my camera for the improvement in contrast it offers, and to protect the camera lens from damage (I dropped my S2 this past weekend, and the Hoya UV filter took the fall. It dented, but didn't break). Anyway, because they are so cheap, I suggest getting one for the S2, and each converter lens you buy. That way, you can switch lenses in an instant, and keep the front of each lens protected with it's own UV filter and/or hood. Oh yes. A good circular polorizer filter really kills glare, and brings out contrast with any lens under many typical shooting conditions. The tele-converter lens does not have front threads to mount filters (most don't), but I made an adapter by mounting a 72 mm UV filter to a 7/16" long cardboard masking tape core with an inside diamerter that slipped snugly over the end of the tele-converter. Prior to gluing the UV filter to the tube section, I painted the tube flat black. Now, the circular polorizer (or any other 72 mm filter attaches to the adapter, looks like it belongs there, and works perfectly.

I think you will enjoy this converter as much as I do. Good shooting.
82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Very nice..... 5 Sep 2005
By Morley Dotes - Published on Amazon.com
Jim K. made a great review.....I just wanted to let you know that I agree. This is great. It is very light weight. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is that you need to zoom a bit or else you get a burnout effect (a circle where the corners are dark because it is getting the inside of the lens). That is annoying, and forces you to remove the extender when you want to take closer photos. At a distance though, it is great. Pictures come out great. I highly recommend this.....I would have given it 4.5 stars if it were an option.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
OK, but not around the edges 3 Jan 2007
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
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This extends the zoom lens of the Canon S3IS to about 650mm according to Canon. The image is good in the center but chromatic aberrations are very evident away from the center. I photograph birds in trees or in flight. The effect of the aberrations make the branches or wings have red or blue edges. If I confine my expectations to the center things look good but I have thrown away some otherwise decent photos when the desired image is not well centered. If you're photographing moving objects this is a problem.
I will continue to use it to pull in the long range scenes. Overall I rate this a plus.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great! If you keep your expectations reasonable... 25 July 2007
By Alison Barthelemy - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my S3. First things first - don't expect massive magnification, as it is only a 1.5x. That being said, I love the friggin thing. My telephoto needs are not that great - I just wanted to be able to take better photos of wildlife in my back yard, or some great night sky shots. Don't expect to be able to frame an Egret from across a marsh or anything. It is made of a durable material (not metal, that would have probably made it too heavy). Ultimately, the S series are just beefed up point-and-shoot cameras, and this converter adds to that nicely.

It does add considerable bulk to the camera, but not so much that I can't carry it for extended periods with one hand. And I've actually found that it helps steady the camera a bit when taking handheld shots because you can support the lens in your left hand.

My only complaint (if it can be called such) is that the combination of camera and tele converter makes me yearn for a DSLR. Normally you can't add additional lenses to point-and-shoots because the permanent lens needs to be able to move when focusing. The S series gets around this with the lens adapter, which is just a high quality plastic tunnel that covers the lens, and the tele converter screws on the end of that. It fakes it. I'm kind of a camera snob, so this bothers me a teensy bit. If I had known last year what I know now, I would have held off on both camera and converter and just dished out the extra $100 to $150 for a Canon RebelXT or Nikon D40.

However:

I love my S3, and my next purchase will be the WC-DC58A wide angle converter.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Good addition to my Cannon S2 19 Mar 2006
By Fitzroy Harewood - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good Teleconverter that added 1.5x to the camera's native zoom. It adds a great degree of stability to the camera for taking those critical shots. Of course when the digital zoom is used it is very sensitive to shake and movement. Overall a good addition especially for the birds and nature shots.
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