VCL-HGD1758 or VCL-HG1758

Started Feb 6, 2003 | Discussions thread
OutsideTheMatrix Senior Member • Posts: 5,013
Re: VCL-HGD1758 or VCL-HG1758 or VCL-DH1758?

I already have a collection of scopes, I just want the right superzoom set up for quick grab and go imaging of the moon and planets (and for birding). Which of these three Sony 1.7x TC would be best for my camera?

I am trying to decide between three Sony 1.7x TCs for my 58mm thread Fuji HS50..... the VCL-DH1758, the VCL-HG1758 and the VCL-HGD1785. I am leaning towards the first as it is the lightest, and I already have a very heavy Canon 1.5x TC (TC-DC58A) that I rarely use because it is so heavy. Which would be the best lens to get? I need the brightest TC because I want to take pictures of planets and I also need it for bird photography. I found this info online That seems to favor the DH1758 but does not mention the HGD version (and he seems to think the HG would be brighter than the DH but does not really know- he is speculating?) Then I found this: that's a nice shot of Saturn with the DH1758 dont you think? And my HS50 has a larger zoom (1000mm vs 720mm) and more MP (16 vs 10), so it should do better on Saturn? I also found this: which seems to indicate the HGD1758 is better than the HG1758 but no mention is made of the DH1758 perhaps because the latter is newer? I also found this comparison of the HGD vs other non Sony lenses and specs for it- it is the heaviest by far with a 90mm objective! Would this much larger lens be brighter than the DH and better for resolving the bands on Jupiter and Saturn? Or should I go with the DH1758? for specs and descriptions and for a detailed comparison. Here is a pic of the moon with the HS50 and the DH1758 attached:

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