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Old May 13th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Cheap 2X Lens Converters for XH-A1?

Gentlemen, (and ladies, of course), do any of you esteemed people have any advice or experience regarding these cheap 2X converters for the XH-A1? I'm not expecting a superlative image, but is is capable of capturing anything useful?
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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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I don't know about the one you show, but I tried an Impact brand from B&H and it was like shooting through a Coke bottle, absolutely useless. I don't fault the attachment as I have no way to test it independently, let's just say it was incompatable with the XHA1 primary lens.....B&H was gracious in taking it back, I might add. I suspect most of these off-brand jobs are made in the same Chinese factory, although that is just my guess....../ Battle Vaughan/miamiherald.com video team
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Old May 14th, 2009, 04:51 AM   #3
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Hi Mike..(again, gonna have to stop meeting....)

$49.95?

Junk. Pure and simple.

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Old May 14th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #4
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Battle and Chris are pretty smart cookies, so I'm going to agree with them. I'm also a big believer in the adage, "you get what you pay for".

I would expect that one should expect to pay at least US$300 for a quality product. Whilst price does not guarantee quality, a company's reputation can help. I bought a Century .55 WA adapter for an HV10. I think I paid north of US$150 and am quite happy with it. That price is less than my US$300 mark because there's less glass involved.

Check the user reviews for products you might be interested in at B&H and I think you'll find the better rated products will deliver better image quality. (OK, so I'm Capt. Obvious this morning.)
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Old May 14th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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$49.95?

Junk. Pure and simple.

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Old June 28th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #6
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I don't know about the one you show, but I tried an Impact brand from B&H and it was like shooting through a Coke bottle, absolutely useless. I don't fault the attachment as I have no way to test it independently, let's just say it was incompatable with the XHA1 primary lens.....B&H was gracious in taking it back, I might add. I suspect most of these off-brand jobs are made in the same Chinese factory, although that is just my guess....../ Battle Vaughan/miamiherald.com video team
Was it this one?

Impact | DVP-TP20-72 72mm 2.0x High-grade | DVP-TP20-72 | B&H

I was thinking about trying it out...
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Old June 29th, 2009, 12:22 AM   #7
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I'm actually surprised B&H even sell something like this! I bought something like this once, never again!!! You really need to lay down a few hundred dollars to get acceptable results. Infact as far as i know, there are only 2 tele converters that are worth putting your hard earned down for, the Schneider & the Raynox.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #8
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Was it this one?

Impact | DVP-TP20-72 72mm 2.0x High-grade | DVP-TP20-72 | B&H

I was thinking about trying it out...
It looks the same, it's the same price, as I recall it; the one I got was a couple of years ago, so who knows what Chinese factory is making them now? My guess is fuggaboudit..... but B&H are decent about returns, so you might not be risking anything to try.....b. vaughan
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