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Old April 30th, 2003, 02:03 AM   #1
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any experiements with Kenko, Titanium (and any japanish) lenses?

Dear members!

Sorry if this was already a topic in forums, but haven't found any.

Do you someone have an experiements with these manufacturers?

I would like to buy some tele and wide converter lenses for my GL2. They are cheaper than Century Optics, but what can I expect about the quality?

Thank you in advance.

Csaba
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Old April 30th, 2003, 07:59 AM   #2
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I haven't bought any Kenko lenses for my GL-2 but I have bought some in the past for other cameras and you'll get what you pay for. It was worth the money I paid but it wasn't what you would call a quality lens. If you really need to save some money and can live with the mediocre results then the Kenko should work just fine.

I would suggest looking at Canon's own WD-58 for the wide angle.

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Old April 30th, 2003, 12:19 PM   #3
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There are 3 lines of Kenko lenses. The Kenko Pro line is the top line, and they are the same quality as the Sony VX2000 adaptors. Why? Because Kenko makes them for Sony. But when you buy the Sony version, you get no filter threads on the front, whereas with the Kenkos, the all come with threads. Since you have a Canon, stick with Canon as Ben suggested.
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Old April 30th, 2003, 01:19 PM   #4
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I had a Kenko Pro for my VX2000 and returned it in favor of an Optex. You can see my Kenko tests here:

http://members.cox.net/tauger.paul/V...Comparison.htm
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Old April 30th, 2003, 04:34 PM   #5
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In my limited expirence I would say stay away. I borrowed one from a friend (sorry, don't know the model). Here is what I do not like about it:

- When zoomed out fully, the fame is vingetted (cropped) all the way around and is very noticable.

- The lense is huge! With the size comes the weight and the arm fatigue. = (

- I was not impressed with it esp. after I bought the Canon WD-58h which is smaller, lighter and I like it a bunch more. The only down side is at full zoom out, there is a little barrel distortion.

- AR
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