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A540 teleconverter lenses

I'm thinking of getting the Canon A540 after reading you can get lenses to add to the optical zoom. Can anyone tell me how much the optical zoom can be bumped up to and also how much a lens would cost around? Or if anyone has used an extra lens on their A540 I'm wondering how it is.

I'm also looking at the Kodak Z612 with the 12x op zoom, but it's a little bit on the bulky side.

Thanks for any help!

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A540 Teleconverter

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Here is a link that show all accessories for the A540.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=SNAModelSuppliesAct&fcategoryid=811&modelid=12942

Canon sells the TC-DC52A lens for $130, but if you shop around, you can find them for about $100 (amazon.com)

You need the LA-DC52F adapter to attach the lens to the camera.
($20 - amazon.com)

The lens is rated at 1.75X
which means you multiply your cameras 4X by 1.75X = 7X zoom

Note: That does not mean you can zoom between 4X and 7X.
You have to set the camera zoom to maximum 4X) and the lens converts it to 7X.

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A540 Teleconverter

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Big thanks snapshot2, that is exactly the info I was looking for on the lenses.

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What if you get the pany?

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What if you get the camera thats is small and has the zoom you want built in? When you start adding the add on lenses you add another $100. and the more bulk the lens needs. The A710 is 6X with image stabelizer nd its the same size as the A540. $150. for A540 + $100 for add on lens + $20 for adapter. Isnt the A710 about $250. or so?

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BowerR64

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Yeah, I was lookin at that camera also. I think the optical zoom is more important to me than camera size so I may end up going with the Z612.I appreciate your comments, thanks!

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Then why not a super zoom?

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If size isnt a problem then get a super zoom camera like the canon S3 or any other brand. There are several brand using the 12X optical.

WIth the S3 you have 3 shooting modes, super macro, macro and telephoto. Super macro is like 0-4" macro 4"-2' and then normal is from 2' to infinity but adding the 450mm zoom. It covers almost every focal point you would ever use. When set to super macro you can then use manual focus and actualy focus in on the front lens wich is kinda weird. It is a very versitle camera.

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