Is it worth buying lenses for a compact?

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  1. thefluffanutta

    thefluffanutta TPF Noob!

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    I have a Canon Powershot A540 compact digital camera, and with an appropriate adapter I can use SLR type lenses with it. I'm trying to decide if this is worthwhile.

    I'm an amateur photographer, who only occasionally gets the chance to take pictures. I generally find my compact just fine, but now and then I want take pictures of subject very far or very close. This seems to push the compact beyond its capabilities, so adding a lens seems to be logical. Here would be my shopping list, if I were to buy from Amazon.com:
    • [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007MGFHI/?tag=cryosphere-20]Canon LA-DC52F Conversion Lens Adapter[/ame] ~ $19
    • [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000UX67Y/?tag=cryosphere-20]Canon TCDC52A Tele Converter[/ame] ~ $88
    • [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006HQ25/?tag=cryosphere-20]Canon WC-DC52 Wide Converter[/ame] ~ $76
    I have two questions:
    1. Are these accessories really worth buying? I really don't want to by an SLR instead.
    2. If I buy the Canon lens adapter, can I then buy any old 52mm lens? Are then any recommended ones that are good but cheaper?

    Any advice would be great,

    thefluffanutta.

    PS: I live in the UK, so UK sources would be prefered.
     
  2. holga girl

    holga girl TPF Noob!

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    nope. not worth the money.
     
  3. GreenSlime89

    GreenSlime89 TPF Noob!

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    Sorry, I've gotta second that. If you want to have image quality with different focal lengths then the only real way to go is with an SLR.
     
  4. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If maintaining IQ is important... Nope

    If you just need something to get you a bit wider or longer for a snapshot... then Yes.
     
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    It's never worth it, I used to think like you. But, after 3 years of photographing with my compact, I feel the limit my compact camera can do, and it really irritated me. 3 years later, I got myself a DSLR, every picture taken is really worth it. Never buy extra lenses for compact, it's just a serious waste of time and money!!!
     

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