Lenses & Lens Adapters

Converter lenses & adapters

Written by Gail Bjork

Digital camera converter lenses modify the focal length of the built-in camera lens, extending its flexibility and capability.

Converter lensCompact digital cameras don’t accept interchangeable lenses like Single Lens Reflex cameras but many accept add-on converter lenses. Converter lens are relatively inexpensive and extend the flexibility and capability of a built-in lens.

A digital camera converter lens may require an adapter so it mounts correctly on the front of a camera. Lenses and adapters can be often purchased together in a kit and are available from original and third-party manufacturers.

Converter lenses can be bigger and bulkier than the digital camera to which they are attached. As a result, some users find the set-up annoying. But if you are interested in increasing the capabilities of the lens on your compact camera, converter lenses may be just what you’re looking for.

Using a converter lens

To use a converter lens, you may have to modify a menu setting in your camera to match the lens-type. Exposure and focus may need to be adjusted manually since converter lenses don’t always function well in automatic mode.

In order to prevent vignetting, the darkening of the corners of a photo, adapters may have to be removed when the lens is no longer attached. Be aware that the built-in camera flash may not work well with an add-on lens attached.

Detailed information about how to use these lenses is fully explained in the documentation that comes with the lens. It is not usually found in the camera manual.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

1 Comment

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