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Mike C.
09-28-2004, 08:58 PM
One more try.

I was all settled on the FZ3 at $330 until I was told in another thread that the F20 has now dropped to $500. Seems like I would be getting a lot more camera for $170 more .... am I correct?

Just a few questons:

1) The top end of the lens is fine but I wish it went just a bit lower say to (28 or 24 mm) for those indoor family pictures (never seem to get back far enough in a small room to get everyone in the shot). The Panasonic wide angle adapter lens is expensive. Since the FZ20 will blow my budge, I am looking for a cheep out. Will the cheaper Raynox work (I know they list one but maybe I should ask how well it will work ....about $120 with adapter tube)?

2) Will filters screw directly onto the camera? What size?

3) Can I use a standard manual flash (left over from my 35mm) on this unit (I am guessing I should use an adapter I found on the web to make sure the voltage is below 24 volts ... or ???)?

Finally is there a review on this camera? I didn't find one on the web and it seems from the posts I have read that one has not been done yet.

Thanks for all the help!

Mike :)

Jayde
09-29-2004, 01:46 AM
Mike
I think FZ20 5mp will suit you better its more a MANS TOY.. Camera LOL
btw
FZ10 is cheaper than FZ20 and has its own character mainly less noise @ 50 ISO
The FZ20 min is only 80 ISO
admittedly the 20 has new engine faster focus and stronger flash etc ETC
compare @ pana site link if you want to save nearly $100 more
I have FZ10.. wont upgrade till its 8mp @ least >> FZ50 hehe
http://panasonic.co.jp/pavc/global/lumix/fz10/index.html
look carefully :confused:
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FZ10 FAQ use this as your bible USE for FZ20 also
http://www.users.bigpond.com/vkelim/DMCFZ10/
you need an adaptor all listed here then 62mm filters fit on the adaptor

you will find adaptors and diff W/A lens for FZ10
http://www.b-300.com/index.html

more lens here... avoid any with vignetting (dark corners)
http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/FZ-10/index.html

other
canon make WD55.. i have the TL55 both @ amazon . com
btw most lens need step rings

theres a chart for most flash voltages on web
dont use YOURS unless your CERTAIN..

no 20 review yet but jeff jus posted a poss problem here @ 80iso on FZ20
10 is king no j/k

Mike C.
09-29-2004, 04:16 AM
Thanks for the info! I will read the entire site you liked me to in the last post but at first scan, I see there are cheaper options than the original Panasonic lens.

The only accessory I can't seem to locate is the remote. I see a wired remote is availible but don't find a listing for it on any site. Any suggestions where to find one.

Once again thanks for all the advice! I think the FZ20 is exactly what I am looking for!

Mike :)

Jayde
09-29-2004, 06:49 AM
Mike
yes theres lots of lens options W/A, (my fav fish eye) or Tele and Macro..

Pana are dead slow with suppling extras specilly in uk, no (LTZ10 is best by far) here yet after a yr cheaper from europe for me anyway, so insist on the remote or extras etc when you buy..
they slow with firmware updates too.. gripe

Nikon make best SLIMLINE filters @ Huron Camera..get UV in place..save that lens..
I have 2 PA adaptors switch the whole thing over with lens/filter on :)

see jeffs post re the FZ20 iso prob here.. bugger !

Have fun :D

Mike C.
09-29-2004, 08:37 AM
When does a wide angle lens become a fish eye lens?

I guess what I am asking is what is a good mm for wide angle lens without distorting the photo too much (28mm, 24mm ...?)

The lens is 36 - 432mm. If I go X.66 I get 24mm. If I go x.7 I get 25mm. If I go x .8 I get 29 mm.

I am basing all this on a cheap 35 mm I have now. It is 38mm at the wide end and I seem to forever be backing up into some corner of a room to get everyone in. Same if I am in a museum, just can't get far enough back. I was hoping these wide angle attachments may help that without distorting the photo into a "fish eye" look.

Interesting about the "shake" look at low ISO. I hope he does not find any more "surpises". Maybe I should hold off till he publishes the review next week?

Thanks .... Mike :)

Jayde
09-30-2004, 03:04 AM
Mike
Jeff reshot those pics shake is gone.. phew !

Boys toys..
you know its a Fisheye when you can see your shoes haha.. ol 180

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/FZ-10/Converters/Lenses/Fisheye.html
this nikon FC-E9 is cheapest i found in uk.. 200quids

but i like RAYNOX mx-3000pro > SEMI < Fisheye lens also, 130quid
http://raynox.co.jp/comparison/video/comp_fe180pro.htm
similar images to the DCR-FE180PRO Fisheye.. 340 quid
flowerbed examples <
I can create most effects in p/shop but 180 distorts. Jessops are agents to Raynox with 30 day return.. semi failsafe me thinks.

then as for W/A lens, im no expert here but 28mm seems min you can have without too much distortion
see these
http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/FZ-10/Converters/Lenses/WideAngle.html
Olympus WCON-08B looks best here, but there is lots of others..
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=24959&forum_id=23&highlight=fisheye

so i compiled this FZ10-20.FAQ.txt in a zip..
covering most aspects with links/pics that i used to choose my lens..

http://www.jwcl13731.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/upload/FZlensFAQ.zip

your 1st :)