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5.0 out of 5 stars Telephoto Converter Lens option / miscellaneous, February 26, 2013
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This review is from: Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Red) (Old Model) (Electronics)
Update: google moron smugmug to get an idea what this camera can and can't do - there is a clicking noise in the videos occasionally and the autofocus struggles in low light but the camera will survive just about anything you can throw at it

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Besides the waterproofing/toughness (I like to kayak) what attracts me to the TG-2 are the fast 2.0 lens speed, the aperture priority mode, the OLED screen, the primarily positive reviews of the TG-1 and most importantly the ability to add the TCON-T01 telephoto converter lens - birds are difficult to photograph with only a 100mm (35mm equivalent) lens so I was eager to see how it all came together.

(If you're getting an accessory lens I recommend taking the extra effort to track down Olympus' CLA-T01 adapter instead of buying a third party product as the OEM item includes a lens cover. I have no affiliation with Olympus.)

So far the results are exceeding my expectations, particularly the telephoto which allows optical zooming to roughly 170mm (as I understand it the digital zoom gets you around 340mm): even at maximum zoom the image quality to my eyes is good which I presume is largely a function of the fast lens speed. Please see the three customer images I uploaded for examples of what the telephoto lens can do.

The camera feels solid in your hands and the buttons seem like they aren't going to wear out anytime soon. I also like the mode dial which allows you to avoid manipulating some menu screens - IMO one of the banes of digital cameras.

The microscopic macro mode gave me new perspective on my right thumbnail which had recently been broken and accordingly trimmed short - see customer image taken with only natural light which reduced depth of field.

I tested the video: the microphone recorded clearly the birds chirping nearby and the muted noise from the interstate quite some distance away. Keeping in mind how comparatively quiet it was I could hear the zoom, most noticeably when zooming out and approaching the widest angle position. I reckon if you were recording any kind of noisy environment it would be difficult to hear.

I haven't quite bought in to all the gizmos (`magic art filters' etc.) but they're there. The GPS is nifty but I'm concerned it will reduce battery life appreciably although I really don't know how big a deal it is... you can turn it off.

It's early on but I think this camera/lens is going to suit my wants very well.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2013 7:28:46 AM PST
T. Kardos says:
thanks for the review - any posted pictures using the telephoto?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013 8:50:45 AM PST
M. J. Grace says:
I tried adding links to photobucket but Amazon removed them... any suggestions? thx

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 9:12:13 PM PST
R. Xu says:
Thanks for sharing first hand information! I think you'll need to upload the images to Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 11:43:00 AM PDT
drogers says:
The picture shows up on your profile so anyone who wants to get a idea of picture quality just click on M. J. Grace's profile then go to images. thanks for sharing

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 2:32:18 PM PDT
Hello, you have mentioned some pictures, but I could not find them. Thanks.
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