Nikon Lens Converter: General Operations
Nikon Lens Converter: General Operations
Modes and Icons
Since there are five lens converters, Coolpix 4500 has five converter modes,
one for each lens converter:
Wide Adaptor for WC-E24 or WC-E63,
Telephoto1 for TC-E2,
Telephoto2 for TC-E3ED,
Fisheye1 for FC-E8 in circular image mode, and
Fisheye2 for FC-E8 in full frame mode.
The following table summarizes these modes:
No lens setting
WC-E24 or WC-E63
|| Wide Adaptor
FC-E8 full frame
After setting the camera to one of these modes, the on-camera lens will be
zoomed in or out so that the combined lens will not vignette and, at the same
time, disables internal and external flashes. Details can be found
on each individual page.
Using Lens Converters in the
If fact, you do not have to set your camera to one of the converter modes. In
general, you can simply mount a lens converter and use the zooming buttons to
adjust the focal length of the on-camera lens until you are satisfied with your
composition. In this case, the camera is in the
When you are in the Regular mode, you can operate
the camera and the mounted lens converter as if the converter is not there.
You can zoom in and out in the extended focal length range, although vignetting
may occur in some cases. More precisely, when TC-E2 or TC-E3ED is mounted,
vignetting will occur if the on-camera lens is zoomed all the way out. See the
image below. Although both internal and external flashes can be used (if they
are not turned off), exposure will not be correct because some lens converters
will block the flash sensor. Another obvious problem is that the viewfinder is
blocked partially or completely. Thus, use LCD monitor instead. Other than
these problems, there is no big differences between the
Regular mode and a converter mode.
Setting and Resetting a Lens Converter Mode
Use the following procedure to set or reset the camera to a particular
lens converter mode:
- Take all filters off from the on-camera lens.
- Mount the desired lens converter.
- Make sure the camera is in one of the following modes:
M. The converter mode
is only available in one of these four modes. If the camera is not
in one of these modes, hold the
MODE and turn the command dial until
one of the four indicated modes appears in the lower-left corner of
the LCD monitor.
- Press the MENU button
once to enter the first page of the
SHOOTING MENU. You will
see the following screen:
- Use the down arrows of the multi-selector to enter the menu system.
The first menu item is highlighted as shown in the left image below.
Then, press the MENU button to
enter the second page as shown in the right image below.
- Use the down arrow of the multi-selector to highlight the
Lens item as show below:
Note that if the camera has been set to one of the converter
mode, the corresponding icon appears on the first column.
- Press the right arrow of the multi-selector to select this item.
The LENS menu appears showing all five
lens converters plus the slide copy adapter. In fact, this
LENS menu has two pages, the slide copy
adapter appears on the second page. The first item
Normal is used for resetting the
- Use the up and down arrows of the multi-selector to move up
and down until the corresponding lens converter is
highlighted. Then, press the multi-selector to make a selection.
After making a selection, press the
MENU button three times
to return to shooting mode. The icon of the selected
lens converter appears in the lower-left corner of the LCD monitor.
The following shows that the Nikon 3X TC-E3ED converter is selected:
- To reset to no lens converter, following the above procedure and
select Normal. Once reset, the converter
icon on the LCD monitor disappears. To set the camera to a different
lens converter mode, follow the procedure above and select an
Coolpix 4500 has a short-cut for selecting a lens converter. Once the
LENS item is highlighted, you can use the command
dial to make a selection. As the command dial is being turned, the icon of a
lens converter is shown on the first column. Keep turning the command dial
until the corresponding converter icon appears. Then, press the
MENU button three times to return to the
The following are some important notes when using a lens converter.
- When a converter is mounted, internal and external flashes are
either turned off (if you have set the converter mode) or
not function properly (because the flash sensor is blocked).
- Since converters block the viewfinder, you should use the LCD
monitor for composition.
- Except for WC-E24, all other lens converters are heavy and big.
Consequently, the lens unit may tilt even the camera is mounted on
a tripod. Should this happen, the swivel lock is very useful.
The swivel lock is located in the bottom side of the camera
as shown in the left image below. When the level is
at the position close to the lens unit, the swivel lock is open
and the lens unit may rotate more than 280 degree. If this level is
slid toward the tripod hole as shown in the right image below, the
lens unit will be limited to be rotated 180 degree, and, as a result,
it will not rotate pass the horizontal position.
Swivel lock level unlocked
Swivel lock level locked
- Never pick up the camera by converter. This could break the
connector between the on-camera lens and lens converter.