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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2003
The item does extend the zoom range. (But, one has to purchase the adapter separately to use it at all. It's not expensive, but it should come as a package since the lens is useless without it!)
It comes with caps for both ends. However, the adapter has to come off to use the one for that end of the lens. The cap does not fit the camera end of the adapter. Either you take it apart - which leaves you with a piece capable of scratching other things - or leave the end open. The bag provided does accomadate the two pieces and offers some protection from scratches, but not dust.
Attaching it is easy enough. But, having to do a quick change from normal to the telephoto or vica-versa is not amoung it's virtues. Of course, some of this has to do with the menues of the camera, since one has to change the lens setting too. Resign yourself to just shooting for distance, or carry a second camera to avoid missing an opportunity wihtin normal range. You KNOW how uncooperative wildlife can be!
Most focusing is done by the camera's autofocus. You can do
some general range-finding with the camea's zoom control. Then it's up to the camera. Having the menues set for the correct white balance and focus options is also important because it helps the autofocus.
In short, it does the job as long as one knows how to use all the camera's options to assist.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2004
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The lens itself is high quality and after examining the images, I could not find anything bad to say. I am using a Coolpix 5400. The images were sharp from corner to corner with good contrast. The fit and finish are excellent.
On the other hand, you can only use this at max zoom. If you reduce the zoom at all, the corners start to vignette. I am used to the 2X teleconverters that go between the lens and the camera body. They do not have this problem.
A couple of other complaints are that the focus is set at infinity and the internal flash is disabled if you set the camera for tele. You can over ride this by using the "auto" mode, however the lower left of your image will have a shadow from the lens barrel. I have not tried my speedlight with the tele, but I would expect this to work OK since it is much further away from the lens.
The last issue is not a big deal, but if you use the optical view finder, the lens blocks a substantial portion of the viewing area. You might be inclined to move the camera to the right to see what you are shooting.
Over all the quailty is good and I can work with its limitations, but I wish it was a 2X and could zoom without that vignetting effect.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
In the Lens Menu, the CoolPix 8700 has a setting for "Telephoto." However, all this seems to do is extend the built in lens to maximum; it does not adjust your shutter speed or ISO for you. If you try to shoot on "Programmed Auto" with the TC-E15ED, you'll get blurred pictures even with a tripod. Here's what you need to do with the 8700: Use your Function button and command dial or User Setting Menu to select User Setting 2. Now everything you change and set up will be stored in User Setting 2; when you grab your TC-E15ED you won't have to go through the whole setup procedure, you'll just dial to User Setting 2! Okay, then, while in User Setting 2, use your Mode button and command dial to select S (= Shutter Priority). Now you can use your command dial to set a shutter speed of 250 or faster. Next, use the Lens Menu to select "Telephoto." Finally, depending on your lighting, use your ISO button and command dial to select 100 or higher. Once you break away from Auto modes to Manual and start controlling your shutter speed and ISO, I think you will be glad you purchased the TC-E15ED.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2003
You'd better have tripod ready when purchased this telescope. It's powerful zoom factor 420 mm(equal 35 mm camera). In order to get a good picture from this telescope you must learn how to control exposure and speed shot. It's an excellent tool for Nikon Coolpix 5700.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2010
This is a fantastic lens that provides sharp images with great contrast. The lens is lightweight, looks nice and includes a hood. This one is better than an Olympic TCON-17. Works with the Panasonic Lumix FZ28, FZ35, FZ38 cameras when used with a DMW-LA3 adapter. Look no further if you are looking for a great teleconverter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2009
This TC performs very well on the FZ series of Panasonic cameras. The better TC would be the TC-E17ED but that is much heavier and much more expensive. This is the better deal. However, I see that there are some rather high prices being asked. You should be able to get a very good used one for $60 - $80. Note that the back threads are 50mm and will require an uncommon step ring.
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Como todo lo NIKON Muy Bueno, pero Muy Costoso, en este caso, la calidad del lente es magnifica!! y las imagenes que se logran son maravillosas, especialmente si se es aficionado a la fotografia de paisajes, el unico aspecto que no compensa es el costo excesivo del lente, el cual, para esta gama de productos considero que no justifica, en comparación para otros lentes similares para camaras profesionales de esta misma marca. (nota: no es mi unica camara NIKON y por eso me siento en capacidad de hacer la comparación. Tengo una D40X, una Coolpix 5700 y una D90, y en su momento a cada una le he ido comprando sus accesorios).

Sin embargo, si el $$ no es problema, le recomiendo comprar el lente con toda la confianza que no va a salir decepcionado por la calidad de los resultados.
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on March 6, 2015
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Got if for my Lumix. It has a sturdy housing and great glass. It takes clear pictures. You will have tunneling, because of the adapter, but then you just zoom, which you will have to anyway, and all is well. Highly recommend.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2005
This lens helps the zoom capabilities of the Nikon Cool-Pix 5400 Immensely!!!
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