Q: Vivitar Macro Focusing Teleconverter?

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Q: Vivitar Macro Focusing Teleconverter?
Feb 14, 2010

In the past the older 2X Vivitar Macro Focusing Teleconverters caused quite a stir in this forum. They worked via a 1:1 focusing ring on the converter. I ended up owning two of them. They became almost impossible to find so the excitement died down. Now I see a so-called Macro Focusing Teleconverter listed at B&H for all cameras.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci=278&N=4293919687+4291125672

Just from looking at the images of these teleconverters I can't see how they are anything more than just a plain old 2X teleconverter. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of this new TC from Vivitar?

From the B&H website: "The Vivitar VIV-2x7-C 2x 7-Elements Macro Teleconverter is a precision optical component designed to expand your photographic capabilities in two ways. As a premium quality 2X teleconverter, it effectively doubles the focal length of the lens it's used with and maintains the resolution and contrast of any fine optic. In addition, the Vivitar Macro Focusing Teleconverter's unique focusing mechanism enables you to do macro work without modifying or adding other equipment to your lens/teleconverter combination. With the Macro Focusing Teleconverter your standard 50mm lens becomes a 100mm macro lens with a reproduction ratio of up to 1:1.

• 7-elements
• Multi-coated Optical Glass with anti-reflection coating
• Doubles focal length of lenses
• Manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty"

7 element for Pentax

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/654617-REG/Vivitar_VIV2X7P_VIV_2x7_C_2x_7_Elements_Macro.html#features

4 element for Pentax

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/638407-REG/Vivitar_VIV_2X4_P_VIV_2x4_P_Series_1_4.html#features

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