Canon Life-Size Converter

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w220
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Canon Life-Size Converter
Nov 2, 2008

Hi,

I have the Canon 100mm macro (on a 5D), but sometimes wishes the lens was even longer. I could of course purchase the 180mm macro, however an alternative is adding the Canon Life-Size Converter EF.

Could you comment on picture quality of the 100mm macro +the Life-Size Converter?

Thanks in advance!

Brian Lund
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Re: Canon Life-Size Converter
In reply to w220, Nov 2, 2008

Copy pase from Canons site:

"This optional accessory is designed to work strictly with the EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens. Unlike typical life-size adapters, the Life Size Converter EF actually has optics that are optimized for high magnification when combined with the 50mm macro lens. Magnifications from 0.26x (approx. 1/4 life-size) to 1.0x (true life size) are possible, at increased working distances."

What you need is a teleconverter not a life size converter!

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dherzstein
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Re: Canon Life-Size Converter
In reply to Brian Lund, Mar 15, 2009

Brian Lund wrote:

Copy pase from Canons site:

"This optional accessory is designed to work strictly with the EF
50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens. Unlike typical life-size adapters, the
Life Size Converter EF actually has optics that are optimized for
high magnification when combined with the 50mm macro lens.
Magnifications from 0.26x (approx. 1/4 life-size) to 1.0x (true life
size) are possible, at increased working distances."

I used to own a Canon Life-Size Converter. It's interesting because it has the 3 extra electric contacts otherwise only found on the Canon TCs (The 50mm macro also has these). I tried using the Life-Size Converter on a bunch of lenses, including a 300/4L. It would not AF with any of the lenses, other than the 50mm macro. I don't remember if it allowed control of the aperture blades.
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vernonleow
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In reply to Brian Lund, Mar 16, 2009

Unfortunately the teleconverters won't work with the 100 macro, only the 180L macro.

You might want to try extension tubes instead.

Brian Lund wrote:

Copy pase from Canons site:

"This optional accessory is designed to work strictly with the EF
50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens. Unlike typical life-size adapters, the
Life Size Converter EF actually has optics that are optimized for
high magnification when combined with the 50mm macro lens.
Magnifications from 0.26x (approx. 1/4 life-size) to 1.0x (true life
size) are possible, at increased working distances."

What you need is a teleconverter not a life size converter!

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fred vachss
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In reply to w220, Mar 16, 2009

The lifesize converter works fine with the 100/2.8 and gives you a maximum magnification of something like 1.7:1. Think of the the converter as a 1.4x extender stacked with a 25mm extension tube. As others have pointed out the AF will hunt terribly when the lifesize converter is used with the 100/2.8 (or with any other telephoto I've tried), but for manual focus macro it's fine. I use it to cover the intermediate range when I want more magnification than the bare 100/2.8, but more working distance than the 65/MPE.

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Bogdan_M
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Kenko and Tamron will work (nt)
In reply to vernonleow, Mar 16, 2009
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brightcolours
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Another option is
In reply to w220, Mar 16, 2009

The Soligor 1.7x TC.

http://www.soligor.de/src/product_details.php?cPath=134_133_169&soligorSession=902b88f5273cad1041370c7d9496587f&pid=43745

It is fairly inexpensive, and of high optical quality. It sits nicely between the 1.4x TCs and the 2x TCs, giving a bit more magnification than the 1.4x ones while keeping quite good IQ.

Depending on where you live, it may not be available in retail, but they are to be found online, and the company will ship them quickly to you from germany too.

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