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04-17-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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Teleconverter & Focal length

I'm posting this in the beginners corner since I'm cleary a beginner regarding teleconverters.
Last year I got a tc but up till now, I didn't use it very much and only with an 'A' lens (due to a variety of reasons).
So, when mounting the A lens + the tc, the camera asks for the focal length - no problem there.
Some days ago, I tried it out for the first time with a FA lens. Of course the camera didn't ask for a focal length and the lens being FA, I thought nothing of it.
Or rather, I assumed the focal length in the exif would be multiplied by the factor of the tc (1,7) but of course, it wasn't .

Now, how do you best deal with this phenomenon?


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I don't think there is away to deal with this, at least with the TCs I've seen and with the K10D.

You see, the TC has "pass through" electrical connections. There is no data manipulation. The body reads the data, including the data of focal length, from the lens. The body doesn't know there is the TC in between.

The K10D does not allow the user to input focal length of the lens if the data (even incorrect) are already available.

Is there any TC that massages the data from the lens before passing to the body?
04-18-2009, 03:04 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
...The body doesn't know there is the TC in between.
The K10D does not allow the user to input focal length of the lens if the data (even incorrect) are already available...
Bummer.
I suppose there is nothing to be found in the exif data about the tc neither?
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You can try a piece of tape on the contact that feeds the focal length.

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FWIW, the worst that happens when SR focal length is too low is that it doesn't work quite as effectively as it otherwise would. Still better than nothing.
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Well, thanks for the replies, people.

Blocking the contacts seems indeed to be a solution but a bit too much fiddling for me.

The sr will indeed be better than nothing. It's better to have the focal length set too low than too high, isn't it.

I was more thinking about the distinction between the fl of the lens "as is" and with tc as a selection parameter, in LR for instance.

By the way, SOldBear said the K10D doesn't allow to change the fl when it is available from the lens. Does this mean you can do this on the K20D?
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By the way, SOldBear said the K10D doesn't allow to change the fl when it is available from the lens. Does this mean you can do this on the K20D?
No, it just means I can't do it on my K10D, and I don't know about the K20D.
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No, it just means I can't do it on my K10D, and I don't know about the K20D.
This was just curiosity on my part: I also have the K10D.
If it had been available on the K20D, then it would certainly be available on a future model as well.
And it is not possible on the K20D either: I just checked the on-line manual.

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