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Frequently-asked questions
about Photosolve Xtend-a-Lens adapters and their use
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How does Xtend-a-Lens connect to the camera? It appears that some cameras have lens adapter mounting ability and others don't. What's the difference?

Many original digital cameras had no way to connect filters and add-on lenses. The Xtend-a-Lens 290, 4800, X04 actually incorporate a non-skid rubber material that attaches to a barrel of the related cameras that is NOT attached to the lens of the camera itself. In this way, no stress is placed on the lens. Manufacturers have, in many cases, incorporated various thread, bayonet and other mounting attachment mechanisms, and photosolve has, wherever possible, incorporated those methods into the Xtend-a-Lens designs.

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Why is Xtend-a-Lens better than other designs?

Xtend-a-Lens was designed and built with functionality, simplicity and longevity in mind. Most of the Xtend-a-Lens units are made from anodized aluminum and are extremely durable. Even those made from Delrin (a hard plastic material) is extremely durable as well, and is somewhat lighter.

What attachments can you use with Xtend-a-Lens?

This question comes up a lot. In addition to close-up lenses (like our close-up lens set), you can use almost any filter (like our UV filter) or lens (like our macro lens or 5x lens) that's designed as an add-on. This includes polarizing filters, colored gels, wide angle and tele-extender lenses made for video cameras, as well as lens hoods with special effects. Xtend-a-Lens also serves as the foundation for our Xtend-a-Scope and DigiMount offerings, for taking photos through a microscope or telescope, and our Xtend-a-Slide system for converting 35mm slides and film into digital images. You may need a step up or step down ring for these accessories, depending on the threading.

What's the warranty on Xtend-a-Lens units?

All Xtend-a-Lens models are warranted to be free of manufacturing defects for 90 days. If during that time, the unit becomes defective, it should be returned for replacement. We reserve the right to repair or replace defective units. Units out of warranty will be repaired or replaced at a nominal fee. Contact us to arrange return and repair.

If you're using a tele-extender or wide angle attachment, how do you focus or compose the picture?

The general approach is to use the LCD screen to compose the picture. Depending upon the size of the add-on, auto-focus may still work. If the add-on is larger, blocking the focus beams, you may need to set Manual focus in the menu screen, then activate the LCD for previewing and composition. An Xtend-a-View LCD viewer will make it much easier to use your LCD for these purposes.

Will the Xtend-a-Lens 290 or 4800 work with my Kodak DC280 camera? Or other Kodak or non-Kodak cameras?

Unfortunately, no. Each of these products attaches to your camera by fitting snugly around the camera's lens barrel, and is therefore not adaptable to cameras with different lens barrel sizes. The Xtend-a-Lens 290 is compatible only with Kodak DC260, DC265 and DC290 cameras, and the Xtend-a-Lens 4800 only with DC4800 cameras. Kodak does offer a lens adapter for the DC280, a right angle bracket that mounts to the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera and provides 37mm threads.

The LCD screen on the Kodak DC260 isn't fast enough to focus with when I use the close-up lenses. How do I overcome this problem?

It takes a very steady hand to focus close-up with the DC260. Later models such as the DC265 and DC290 improved the refresh rate significantly. For proper composition and focusing, the use of a tripod or table mount is highly recommended.

I lost my manual or I'd like to see the manual for Xtend-a-Lens 290. Where do I get it?

You can download an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the Xtend-a-Lens manual from the corresponding page of this Web site (Xtend-a-Lens 290, 4800, X04 or CLA-1). This is a PDF formatted file that is set up to be printed double-sided. Just print out the first page, flip the page over and print out the second page.

What if I have questions that aren't addressed here?

Feel free to visit the Questions and Answers area of the Photosolve Message Board. If you can't find the answer to your question there, you can always post your question to the board. If your answer can't be found there, contact us for assistance.