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VINE VOICEon May 13, 2013
The Olympus FCON-T01 Fisheye Converter for Olympus TG-1 & TG-2 (Black) is a conversion lens for use with the Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black) line of tough cameras by Olympus. The cameras feature an amazingly fast f2.0-4.9 lens that allows for an equivalence (for a 35mm format) of a 25-100mm focal length zoom lens right out of the box. The addition of the converter allows you to drop the focal length to the equivalent of a 19mm wide angle lens to give an impressive 130 degree angle of view without sacrificing any brightness, color or contrast. The lens itself was designed specifically for the Olympus TG-1 and TG-2 tough cameras, and accordingly are solidly built. The lens can withstand the temperature and pressure changes that the camera was built to tolerate, although I am unsure about dropping it from a height. From personal experience I can say that it can be dropped in the bottom of a bag and carted around half the globe without worrying about needing any sort of padding or special protection for the lens, so it is well designed for rough use. The three lens assembly is permanently sealed and waterproof to 40 feet, and enhances an already great camera for underwater work. Minimal focus distance is just under 2 1/2 inches, so don't worry if those fish swim right up to you. The lens does add about 4 1/2 ounces of weight to the camera, and requires a separate adapter to mount it on the camera.

Using the converter on my camera I noted that it was easy to attach using the required adapter. Photos were clear and sharp, with almost no chromatic aberration. Distortion was present as expected on a fisheye lens, but was not extreme. The photo was still full frame with no barrel distortion, and mapping seemed almost sterographic with little compression of items in the periphery. Wide angle landscape photos were outstanding, with vivid (and true) colors; however, distortion was more noticeable with indoor photos (mostly due to bending of lines inherent in corners/ceiling). Additionally, the size of the converter (roughly 2 1/2 inches by 1 inch) as well as its location near the flash means that the flash cannot be used without causing a significant shadow across a diagonal lower third of the field of view, roughly covering the lower right-hand corner of the image.

Bottom line, the converter allows for greater flexibility and use of an outstanding camera blessed with a high-speed/high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor. Photographers of all skill levels should find benefits with this lens. Highly recommended for TG-1 and TG-2 owners.
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on December 14, 2012
A must have accesory to an already awesome camera.
Although the camera itself has a wide lens, equivalent to 25mm, there are some sceneries and situations that needs an extra-squeeze...
Was able to take a variety of super wide-angle shots in winter Alaska, -20 F was no problem; remained freeze-proof and waterproof in the thermal waters i was dipping in, with snow covering the surrounding areas...
Highy Recommended !!
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on May 12, 2013
This is what I expected. It's good enough that Oly brands it. The camera has a setting specifically for this converter.
This is a solid hunk of glued optics, so water is not an issue. This gives a full-frame image -- no tunnel-view vignetting.
I use it for hiking in situations where it's impossible to step back for a wider view. Also improves underwater shots while snorkeling.
Update: I've used this a /lot/ since I purchased it. The quality of both still images and video is /very/ good.
Later Update: I still use this a lot and still like it. The weak link is the nylon-ish connector that bayonets into the camera around the lens and holds the convertor. It has a few tiny prongs that fit into the camera and get broken over time. I've never dropped the convertor as a result of this weak connector, but it does seem like a poor system for a camera designed for tough use.
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on May 4, 2013
Great item. Good quality and easy to use. Not for scvuba diving, but for snorkeling, this is the ticket! Thanks.
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on May 29, 2013
Got this about a month ago. Took plenty of pictures with it. Though it is a great lens and it does what is supposed to do, it is not flawless. 2 problems with it:
1. At minimal distance it creates that fisheye effect where the center appear magnified and the corners are not
2. If you need to use the flash with it you can't. It creates a halo around the object you photograph. So, the middle stays in the dark while the outside is illuminated. This is due to the fact that the lents partially covers the flash.
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on February 10, 2014
I love having this in my bag. Fisheye shots are so much fun. I haven't tested this underwater yet, but it works great on land.
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on July 17, 2012
This lens offers some great functionality for the camera especially for close up work. We have had it in the pool as well as around the area of the pool. My only concern is that these expansion lenses may not be as tough as the camera and I have cautioned the kids about it not being as tough as the camera it is mated to.
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on December 21, 2012
This lens is awesome. The quality of the pictures are wonderful. Great for outside and nature shots, but don't try to use the flash with this lens. Overall, I am very happy with it.
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on August 14, 2013
The very first time I used this lens it broke - water got in between the lens and the camera, pictures ruined. Not tough at all! Poorly made cheap plastic where it connects to the camera, do not buy this!!
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VINE VOICEon July 21, 2012
i failed to realize that another adapter was necessary to fit this on my camera.... so i am unable to mount the lens to see how sharp it is... the quality of construction seems high... i would have waited to do the review but i have searched the internet for the adapter and it is unavailable... out of stock... i have no idea when that adapter will be available... if you are looking to purchase this lens make sure you have the adapter...

i found the adapter on ebay and ordered it from japan... i notice that currently someone is selling the adapter on amazon from hong kong... i have since used the lens and i love it and it works equally well underwater.... the adapter is plastic and doesnt seem robust but on the camera it works well....
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