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Olympus 1.7x Tele Conversion Lens TCON-17 ( for SP-550UZ/C-5050/C-740/C-750/C-725 )

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  • Item Weight: 408 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
  • Item model number: TCON-17
  • ASIN: B0002HNR6A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The Olympus teleconversion lens increases the existing focal length by a factor of 1.7 without changing the aperture. Depending on the camera model used, a special conversion lens adapter is required.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W on 25 Sept. 2005
I have been using the TCON-17 for a couple of months with my Fuji S5500, with good results. It is amazing to have that much zoom. With practice you can use it without a tripod, although at full x17 zoom (10x for camera, 1.7x for TCON - x17 total zoom!) it is difficult to avoid shake if the camera is just in your bare hands. As suggested on the S5000 user website, I permanently keep a filter screwed onto the S5500's adapter ring. That means that when I keep on (un)screwing the TCON-17 onto the camera I'm not damaging the adapter ring's screw thread, which is plastic (my filter's thread is metal, as is the TCON's thread). It works well and is a secure fit.
To sum up - I love it!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ian A. Inman on 3 Oct. 2004
As well as fitting various Olympus cameras such as the C-5050, C-740, C-750, and the C-725, the lens is also supposed to fit some Fujifilm cameras such as the S5000 and S5500 - the price of the Olympus lens is cheaper than the Fuji equivalent TLFX9 lens and according to some more knowledgeable users, gives slightly sharper images.

It is also supposed to have a slightly superior conversion factor of 1.7x (compared to 1.5x on the Fuji lens), meaning say with the Fujifilm S5000 camera, the maximum focal length is increased from 370 mm to 629 mm (as opposed to 555 mm on the Fuji lens).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DR on 1 Nov. 2007
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After using my Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom digital camera for over 3 years, I have been very satisfied with the results. One of the camera's best features is it's impressive 10x optical zoom. After careful consideration I decided to buy an adapter ring (CLA-4)and upgrade the zoom to a whopping 17x zoom using the quite expensive TCON-17. The results are just as pleasing using the lens as the quality of the shots produced by the camera without an additional lens.

Positive Points:
The lens is well made, easy to screw on to the adapter and produces good quality shots. It has a nice feel to it and is easy to hold. It comes with a leather pouch and two caps; one for the end that attaches to an adapter and one for the actual large lens end. Though the lens is only supposed to be used at it's full extent as recommended, using it at less than this still produces clear, sharp images and also creates a ring of black background around the image creating almost like a plate design that can look very attractive, especially with landscape shots. It can be used for non-Olympus digital cameras such as Panasonic digital cameras.

Negative points:
Sometimes when zoomed fully in the camera cannot always focus on the subject. The lens is quite heavy. If shooting in poor light conditions or indoors the built in flash of the Olympus C-765 UZ will not be powerful enough as you will be shooting things further away to usual. To me the lens seems expensive but if you take alot of far zoom photographs it may be worth it and eventually pay for itself as oppose to upgrading to an SLR.

Practicality:
The lens is of more use when taking outdoor shots in a source of good, natural light, as oppose to indoor shots.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Don Davis on 17 Nov. 2009
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I bought the TCON-17 to use with my SP590UZ, giving an overall 44x optical zoom, as good as my birding binoculars and hugely greater than any other camera I've had, and achieved at far less cost than anything else I've come across. I'm still getting used to it but I'm generally pleased with it. Minus points: (i) they recommend using a tripod for this magnification, but the extra weight in front of the camera's centre of gravity creates its own problems, and I've actually had better results hand-holding it, (ii) in poor light, distant objects are not as sharply focused as I'd like, (iii) because of the need for the adapter, it takes a bit of time to connect it up to the camera, but leaving the adapter permanently coupled isn't the answer because it leaves one end of the lens unprotected. Plus points: (i) the lens is compact and comes in its own protective bag with caps and fits neatly into my existing equipment bag, (ii) both the lens and the adapter are robust and well made and the screw threads fit well, (iii) the (for me unprecedented) magnification has opened up potential that I'm only just getting to grips with. I've already got some wildlife shots I'm very pleased with using this kit that simply wouldn't have been worthwhile without it, or would have required much more expensive kit.
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