Re: [OM] Tamron 01A Teleconverter

Subject: Re: [OM] Tamron 01A Teleconverter
From: Chris Trask <christrask@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2020 13:23:01 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
     These things being known, I think I'll skip the idea of finding a 1.4X.

     The Sigma 2X teleconverter that I bought almost 40 years ago has been a 
very good performer, and the Vivitar macro teleconverters work very well also.

>>  I've been interested in the Olympus/Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter, but 
>>they tend to be horribly expensive.  I looked into the Tamron 140F 
>>(there is an affordable one on evilBay), but that one is intended to 
>>work only with primary (fixed) lenses.
>While I don't know about other 1.4x teleconverters, the Zuiko
>protrudes quite extensively into the attached lens. Olympus was wise
>to put the guards in place on unmatched lenses to prevent optical
>impact. The only thing I can think of is that the Zuiko 1.4x
>teleconverter is overly happy.
>As to performance, it does magnify any flaws in the primary lens. With
>the 300/4.5, it performs pretty well on the A7 II, but is quite
>difficult on the Four-Thirds cameras. I believe the optical stack in
>front of the sensor is contributing to the problem. The thickness and
>makeup of the sensor stack in the Sony (as well as the Canon 6D)
>appear to be better matched for this lens combination.


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