optics, Photo, tele, wide angle

Extending your reach

Sony Camera and Cokin add on lenses

I just bought some new lenses for my Canon 400D to extend the reach and creative possibilities. So, I decided to go through a couple of possibilities when it comes to optics.

First out is my old Sony DSC-P150. It has a 3 x zoom and years ago I extended the possibilities by adding two small extra lenses from Cokin. Not very high quality optics, but better than expected and, in good conditions, quite acceptable.

You use them by adding a small metal ring on the camera. The lenses have powerful magnets at one end. That way you can snap them easily on and off.

Sony with wide angle add on lens

Here are a couple of test shots taken in very bad conditions through my famous living room window.

Sony DSC-P150 Full Wide with 0.5x extender
Here you have the DSC-P150 with the 0.5 extra wide angle.

Sony DSC-P150 Full Wide
This is the DSC-P150 at standard full wide angle.

Sony DSC-P150 Full Tele
And the standard full tele…

Sony DSC-P150 Full Tele with 2x extender
…compared to the full tele + 2x extender.

In my next post I will show you another way to extend the reach: buy another camera. The Canon S2 IS. A compact with so called super zoom. Then, I’ll show you what the new lenses for my 400D can do…