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    I had one as a teenager in the early 70's. A Vivitar 3x that I played with on my trustu Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL. The camera and lens alone was great. The 3x turned out to be a waste of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    I had one as a teenager in the early 70's. A Vivitar 3x that I played with on my trustu Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL. The camera and lens alone was great. The 3x turned out to be a waste of money.
    Me, too. Same time, same brand, but it was a 2X, on a Pentax. Same results as Tom. I remember being disappointed because, as a 14 year old, I couldn't afford a telephoto.

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    I say, shoot the damn thing, and you'll know. And then post some photos so that we can see, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    I say, shoot the damn thing, and you'll know.
    Definitely... Don't take our words for it. Give it a try. Even after my early 70's experience, if one fell in my lap, I'd give it a go. What I now consider a successful image is a lot different than it was then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    One of the acessories was a 3X(!) teleconverter. A vivater, from what I heard 2X are not the greatest optics so I wonder if I use once or twice to see how it works. What sould I except?
    Sometimes when your feet can't get the camera close enough for the shot that you want, a teleconverter is a way to leverage a long lens. I have and use a Vivitar 3X with a Vivitar 75-300 mm. zoom on my Canon cameras. That combination will produce acceptable photos if held rock steady with a tripod or braced in some fashion. I try to use a fast film (ASA 400) to get a couple of the lost stops back.

    You won't know until you try for yourself, so go for it.

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    Thanks everbody for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Correct an extension ring is for close ups or macro photography and has nothing to do with 2x or 3x teleconverters.
    I have a 2X convertor that the glass screws out (as a feature, not just the way it's built) and turns it into an extension ring!

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    When I purchased my Spotmatic SP ll included along with 3 flashes, a dozen filters and several other items were 2 Kenko Auto Teleplus converters in 2X and 3X. The instructions claimed "even at open aperture there is no softening of focus or deterioration in resolving power so that two TELEPLUS units can be used in combination." A mighty bold statement I think. I never tested their theory, instead I got a small screwdriver, disassembled the innards of the 3X and now I have a 55mm meter coupled extension tube.
    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    I have a 2X convertor that the glass screws out (as a feature, not just the way it's built) and turns it into an extension ring!
    Yep, the Kiev 60/88 TCs do that too. I saw one on fleabay once being sold as a TC, but thankfully i noticed that the glass was clearly missing in the photos...
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

    f/64 and be there.

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    Hi Jeff - How are you?

    Looks like I have the same Vivitar 3x teleconverter. There is also a 2x in the stash I inherited from my dad. Never used either of them, but I know they are also used in close-up/macro work. (I use primarily a macro bellows) You've got my curiosity sparked though so I might play with it over the holidays to see what it does. He had it epoxied from a screw mount to a smaller screw mount (step-down?) god only knows what he was doing with it. That's the way he flew with things! Let me know how it works out for you. CHEERS!
    Sourdough, salami and blue cheese... and 2 dogs drooling with such sad, sad eyes. ... they're working me... they know I'll cave!

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