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Vail Ryan
 

Worth of Tele Converter Lens.


I have a Canon S5IS. Taking nature photos from a river bank I had to use all my zoom.
Will a 1.5X converter (for about $100) make a real difference for the price? Obviously, It'll get me half again as close.
Is there a 2X lens for this camera?
If the camera and converter lens are both Canon do I need an adaptor?
The Canon website is not helpful.
Thanks.


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9/17/2008 7:27:25 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The S5IS, like most compact cameras, does not have filter threads on the end of its lens. That's to protect the zoom mechanism from the extra weight of filters and wide- or tele- lenses. You need to use Canon's Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58E to mount a teleconverter or other accessory lens. You can choose from the Canon 1.5x TC-DC58B or any other teleconverter that has 58mm diameter mounting threads. There are 2x and 3x converters, but the greater tele power the more the image is degraded.


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9/17/2008 7:48:23 AM

 
W.   
A "1.5x teleconverter" for a Canon S5IS is not a teleconverter at all, but an add-on lens, Vail. The Canon S5IS doesn't have a removable lens, so any add-on lens will have to be stuck on top of the existing lens.

Yes, it will get you 1.5x closer. Bu it will wreak havoc with the image quality. Like looking through a blurry lens. And you will regret having spent $100 on it. So, my advice is: save yourself the money and the aggravation, and DON'T get one!

Canon don't mention these 'lenses' on their website because they don't recommend them. Small wonder: they don't want their cameras to be associated with horrible image quality.

If you need a better lens, you will need another camera.

Have fun!


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9/17/2008 7:58:30 AM

 
Vail Ryan   Thanks for being so quick.
I'll skip it and just try to get physically closer.

What do you know about reasonably priced waterproofing? I don't want to go regularly underwater, but just to be able to take the camera on the water without fear of ruining it.

They have cases for $250+, but that's just way too much.


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9/17/2008 8:48:12 AM

 
Alan N. Marcus   Hi Vail,

First let me tell you that I own a Canon S5IS and I think itís the greatest thing since Ďsliced breadí. I carry one in the car and I take it with me on trips. It is a great supplement to my arsenal of cameras. I like it because is operates on 4 AA batteries. Has the entire Canon pixie arsenal dust both full auto and manual and scads of image modes. Macro and Super Macro too. Itís wonderful-wonderful; I keep one it in a gadget bag with small It lost, stolen, or broken, its not the end of the world due to the reasonable price. Also it has a duel viewing system LCD screen and electronic viewfinder The viewfinder is almost as good as a SLR and it works in bright sunlight. In the bag, AA re-charger and an extra set of AA rechargeableís plus a packet of Lithium, or Titanium or alkaline. The Lithiumís last and last and last, no need to find power. AAís available everywhere. The S5ís lens sharpness is adequate and fast enough to work in dim light. The zoom range is from the beginning of wide angle through to a respectable telephoto. Range is (35mm equivalent) 36mm ~ 432mm plus 4X electronic zoom make available 1728mm thatís like a binocular/telescope at 35 power thatís a lot.

What I am telling you is; you donít need a Tele-converter. If you mount it you get 1.5X more now thatís 2952mm (51X magnification). Way too much! Forget it.

What is missing in this camera is in the wide angle department. The 36mm equivalent falls short of the mark. Now add the available wide-angle converter 0.75X and the wide-angle range becomes a respectable 27mm. Thatís what is needed.

Now I looked at everything and I concluded the Lensmate attachments made more sense and the price is right.
http://www.lensmateonline.com/newsite/S2.html

I got their Raynox DCR-730 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens 0.70X. When mounted the max wide-angle is converted to a respectable 25mm (35mm equivalent) with reasonable quality.

Better, this lens converter fits on a 52mm adapter (make sure you get one when you order). This adapter accepts 52mm filters, get a polarizing filter. Latter you can add the Raynox Telephoto Converter again, this is over-kill.

Alan Marcus
alanmaxinemarcus@att.net


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9/17/2008 9:17:21 AM

 
W.   
"Reasonably priced waterproofing? I don't want to go regularly underwater, but just to be able to take the camera on the water without fear of ruining it.

They have cases for $250+, but that's just way too much."

Try an underwater camera bag, Vail:
http://www.waterproofcases.net/waterproof-camera-cases.html


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9/17/2008 10:31:05 AM

 
Vail Ryan  
 
 
Alan: Quite a few things you've written have me saying "Wha?" Like: "Canon pixie arsenal dust."

Frankly, if mine were lost, broken, stolen it would be the end of the world because I don't have an arsenal and this camera was a major expense for me. But I will have a look at Lensmate. Thanks.

Thanks for the bag suggestion W.S.

Does anyone have experience shooting on/in the water. I really don't want to risk my camera, but I love being on and photographing the river.

I'm also going to post a pic. Mainly because I want to try it. Comment, criticism, advice welcome.


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9/17/2008 12:46:56 PM

 
Vail Ryan  
 
  Dusk
Dusk
This is my daughter looking across the James River in Richmond, VA to the southside as the sun goes down. This is right in the middle of downtown.
© Vail Ryan
Canon PowerShot S5...
 
 
Trying again with the pic.


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9/17/2008 12:54:25 PM

 
W.   
The photo posted OK, Vail.
It looks like the camera's preset took a middle way here. The subject Ė your daughter Ė is not quite a proper silhouet, but she's also not sufficiently lit.
You may want to try using your flash for fill-in of dark areas in broad daylight more often.
Composition-wise I would have positioned your daughter a bit more to the right of the scene.


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9/20/2008 12:18:46 AM

 
Vail Ryan   The problem with putting her more to the right is that it would have involved cutting out more of the scene. Plus being on the edge of the river (walking a pipeline) I had limited room to move.
Funny, I thought the half-lit effect was kinda cool!
Thanks for your input. I'll try them in the future.


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9/20/2008 5:53:04 AM

 
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