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Old March 13th, 2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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kenko 2x or sony 1.7x on pd170

Any suggestions on which is the better? The Kenko is 129.00, the sony about 100.00.
I am interested in the clarity and performance at full zoom.
Right now I don't want a 400.00 telephoto (or I can't afford a 400.00 lens!).

thanks, mike
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Old March 30th, 2006, 06:27 PM   #2
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In my opinion the sony 1.7 lens is outstanding
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Old March 30th, 2006, 07:19 PM   #3
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I have the Sony 1.7, and it produces a very nice image. It does vignette on my VX2000 at about half way up the telephoto scale-- depending on fstop, of course. I understand that is fairly universal on teleextenders.

I also own a Kenko wide .7 x , and it has been great too, but can't comment on the telextender.
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Old March 31st, 2006, 09:12 PM   #4
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Any suggestions on which is the better? The Kenko is 129.00, the sony about 100.00.
I am interested in the clarity and performance at full zoom.
Right now I don't want a 400.00 telephoto (or I can't afford a 400.00 lens!).

thanks, mike
I've seen the Sony HG-1758 telex for as low as $239. recently. I paid $369. for mine, two years ago. Are you referring to another telex model, that sells for $100.? I had a Kenko 2X telex several years ago and quickly sent it back, as it had poor optical quality and some distortion. The one I got was advertized as having 52mm mounting threads, but they were actually 49mm, with a 52-49mm step-ring attached. This telex would vignette throughout much of the zoom range on a 58mm lens.

If you want to get the best quality from a PD170, you can't put a low-cost telex on the front and expect good results. I've found that the Sony HG-1758 vignettes at about 42% of full zoom and below, on my VX2100. Its optical quality is as good as the basic lens.
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Old March 31st, 2006, 09:49 PM   #5
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the 1.7 sony is on ebay for 98.00.
I did however end up with a kenko 2x from b&h.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 04:50 AM   #6
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Raynox seem to be really getting onto the telephoto bandwaggon now, as this site shows:
http://www.raynox.co.jp/english/dcr/egindex.htm.
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