VCL-HGD1758 or VCL-HG1758

Started Feb 6, 2003 | Discussions thread
OutsideTheMatrix
OutsideTheMatrix Senior Member • Posts: 5,015
Re: VCL-HGD1758 or VCL-HG1758 or VCL-DH1758?

Dak on cam wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Sorry about that, I just didn't want to bother individuals with messages. At any rate, I did some more net sleuthing and I think I've found the info I need:

http://pages.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/FZ-30/Converters/Tele-Test/Scene-1/Tele-Test-Infinity.html

http://pages.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/FZ-30/Converters/Tele-Test/Scene-2/Tele-Test-Long.html

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2908922?page=2

The HGD version is FAR better

You are talking about using this on a HS50 which goes to a 1000mm equivalent. This is so far outside of the specs of these old add-on converters that even the brutally heavy higher-quality converters are not likely to give better results than digital magnification would on the comparatively good optics of a more recent hyperzoom.

Of course, results will still be better than using something like the "2.2x" converters for around $20 new that inexplicably continue to be found on Ebay ostensibly for camera models that are ridiculously far out of their league.

Yes, but I was encouraged by the images taken of the moon and even on the rings of Saturn with the DH1758.  Looking at the review in my post though, it looks like the HGD1758 is far better and even gives more magnification even though they are both rated at 1.7x.  That camera has something called "Intelligent Digital Zoom" up to 2x so maybe that would be better than any of these TCs?  I already have a Canon TC-DC58A 1.5x TC which weighs just two ounces less than the HGD1758 (18 oz vs 20 oz) and it's hard to tell the difference vs using IDZ at 1.4x.

The review uses the Panny FZ30 though, would that be applicable to my camera?  It should be better than the much older cameras those TCs were created for.

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