2x tele-extenders can be worth it.

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by iGonzoid, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. iGonzoid

    iGonzoid Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2011
    Tasmania, Australia
    After long deliberations I bought a Leitz R 2x tele-extender for my Leica Elmarit R 180mm f2.8. Quite a handful but great for long-range candids using the VF-2 on my OM-D. Builds up muscles.

    I invite any other users of tele-extenders/tele-convertors to post examples of their work here. I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of this combination —*compared with the woeful results from a 3x [Soligor?] tele-extender on a 50mm f1.8 lens on my Miranda SLR 40+ years ago.

    Colour fringeing is an issue, which is why I like going to B&W.

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  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    This photo was shot with OM 50mm F/1.8 attached to Teleplus MC7 2X focusing macro extender.
    As am macro this extender works great but for tele i found it not to be very sharp.


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    Used as a tele with JCPenny OM 135mm F/2.8

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    Here attached to my G5

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  3. iGonzoid

    iGonzoid Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2011
    Tasmania, Australia
    Elavon, I really like your dragonfly shot. What sort of proboscis is that? A while ago I also picked up a 2x tele-extender with a macro function [basically acting like a telescoping extension tube] for the OM mount — Vivitar. Actually very good quality combined with my Vivitar 100 f2.8 macro in OM mount. As you said, works best in macro mode. Post some more, especially the macro stuff.
     
  4. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Well I am not an expert, the insect is a local prey that feeds on ants at its caterpillar and flying insects at it adult stage.

    Here are a few more pictures I took with this setup

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    And something completely different

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  5. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I"ve used the Olympus 2X-A with the 135 f3.5 and 200 f4 for which it was (among a couple of others) designed. With the 135mm it works beautifully, and any slight loss in resolution is far less than one would experience from extra enlargement. With the 200mm I find it less successful; resolution is noticeably compromised and purple fringing becomes rather severe, though it can mostly be fixed in raw development.

    Here's one from the 135mm with the teleconverter:
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    Here's one with the 200mm on the 2X-A
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    It's not bad, but it does require more work. I usually use the 300mm f4.5 alone if I need extra reach.
     
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  6. iGonzoid

    iGonzoid Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2011
    Tasmania, Australia
    Seems the best effect is at macro and shorter ranges, rather than looooong tele. However, just to get closer to wildlife is so tempting. Like here, just outside my kitchen window, a white-eye eating the Australian native crabapple:

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  7. pinoyborian

    pinoyborian Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 3, 2012
    Peterborough UK
    Jerry Sisican
    I'm loving my macro set-up composed of Olympus E-PL2, Minolta Rokkor MD 50mm f/1.4 and Vivitar 2x macro teleconverter

    Sent from my BNTV600 using Mu-43 mobile app
     

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  8. pinoyborian

    pinoyborian Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 3, 2012
    Peterborough UK
    Jerry Sisican
    I have two Vivitar 2x macro teleconverters bought inexpensively (FD- bought first by mistake but retained it, and MD mounts) and I am very pleased with both of them. I mainly used the MD mount because I have a MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.4, which as I understand it the 50mm is the best partner to the tele-converter. Macro photography is what I prefer to use the MD version and sometimes only as a telezoom.With the FD mount, I use it with the Super II Ozeck 135mm f2.8, the only lens I have on this mount. I use it for macro and as long telezoom. I know it is hardwork with this 'macro' lens set up but I really enjoy it especially if I get shots I am very happy with.
     
  9. pinoyborian

    pinoyborian Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 3, 2012
    Peterborough UK
    Jerry Sisican
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinoyborian/12189554626/" title="Sweet pea flower close-up_2 by Pinoyborian, on Flickr"> 12189554626_10be510492. "500" height="375" alt="Sweet pea flower close-up_2"></a>

    Sweet pea flower bud(?)

    EPL-2, MD Rokkor 50mm @ f/1.4, Vivitar 2x macro teleconverter

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    "Euro coin"

    E-PL1, MD Rokkor 50mm f/1/4, Vivitar 2x macro teleconverter
     
  10. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

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    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Ivor
    I have two Regent x2 teleconverters. One in a PK mount and the other in M42 flavour.

    I haven't used them as yet - on top of the adapter and with the lens attached they really look awkward and unwieldy.

    I'm going to have to bite the bullet because of the images posted in this thread. They're quite wonderful :2thumbs:
     
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