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Olympus B-300 Vs. Sony VCL-HGD1758  
User currently offlineN737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 678 posts, RR: 16
Posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5653 times:


Ok, so I have the B-300 Teleconverter for my F-707 and It is wonderful. Now, for the new Sony 1.7X converter that came out, which is better?

So lets hear it from some of the guys that have owned the B-300, and the Sony lens as well. Which lens is overall better? Which lens give you better shots? Just explain the converter the best you can.


Thanks

Aaron Mandolesi
Denver, Colorado

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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

I have the Sony lens for my F707 and I am quite pleased with the results, I've never used the B300 so I can't really compare it, but the Sony lens is quite nice, about $250 or so. This is the only photo I have in the database where I used the teleconverter. So here's an example...


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This was taken at full digital zoom and the teleconverter lens. Hope this helps you some.

Brian


User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

Well sadly the B-300 is out of production so I won't be able to grab one of those should I want to...  Sad

Currently there is an example of new B-300 selling on ebay at $245.

VCL-HGD1758 is available much cheaper since it is still in production.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5544 times:

Heres 2 close range shots with the Sony lense.


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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5540 times:

Plain simple: I had the B300, sold it and use the Sony lens now.

Quality: nothing beats the B300
BUT: you have more zoom range on the Sony lens, and the Sony comes very, very close to the B300.

Some B300 examples (let the plugs come over you Smile/happy/getting dizzy):

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And some Sony examples:

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Regards
Gerardo




dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineScooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 856 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5534 times:

Here are some Sony VCL-HGD1758 samples:

http://www.idsamichigan.com/1.jpg
http://www.idsamichigan.com/2.jpg
http://www.idsamichigan.com/6.jpg
http://www.idsamichigan.com/7.jpg
http://www.idsamichigan.com/8.jpg



User currently offlineN737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 678 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

Thanks guys for all the input. I am making a decision to either keep my B-300 and buy the Sony lens as well, or just have 1. I could make a few good dollars off of the B-300 at Ebay. hmmmmm



Aaron Mandolesi


User currently offlineLennymuir From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 434 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5504 times:

Hi Gerardo!
you have more zoom range on the Sony lens

Both are X 1.7...

What do you mean by 'zoom range' ?

Gerry


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5481 times:

Gerry,

With the B300 you cant zoom out completely due to the step-down ring

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineLennymuir From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 434 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5461 times:

Thanks Wietse.

So there's less vignetting with the Sony lens when pulling back from full zoom?
Pretty marginal I would have thought

BTW, the Sony version on sale in UK is very expensive when ordered from Sony outlets.
B-300's are far cheaper, even after paying customs on receipt.

Gerry


User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5459 times:

Gerry

I don't know about the VCL-HGD1758 but i am using 3 things for my F707

A B-300

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A Polarizer (spelt?)

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A Sony X0.7 Wide Angle

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Colin


User currently offlineLennymuir From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 434 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5447 times:

Nice trio Colin.

You've reminded me that that polarizer also drops light by two stops, similar to an ND filter.
Has any '707 users tried night time shots of aircraft landing/taking off?
I've been trying, but with variable results...
Those extra two stops might come in handy.

...and the wide angle? I don't get close enough to use one.

Also, interesting to see Brian has used full digital zoom.
I occasionally use part of the digital zoom without any noticeable deterioration to the picture. Once manipulated and resized to 1024px, it's fine.
It can take you way beyond the 323mm equivalent.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Gerry


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