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Suzaberg
10-08-2004, 06:22 PM
I've decided to buy an FZ20. From reading other comments it seems it would be a good idea to also buy a neutral density filter to protect the lens. When I've looked for them online I find several different types with different prices. How do I decide which one to get? :confused:

Jayde
10-09-2004, 02:59 AM
Suzaberg
hiya :)
you need a NEW (make is not important) 72mm UV filter to go on the pana.. adaptor, not an ND filter.. thats specialised for depth of field work..

if you intend buying addon lens (zoom or wide angle) you will need a 62mm adaptor to prevent vignetting (dark corners on pics )
let me know
i supply a link and further info...

I suggest you consider buying a spare battery @ battery barn listed here and this will help with most aspects of FZ20 also..

http://www.users.bigpond.com/vkelim/DMCFZ10/

genece
10-09-2004, 05:42 AM
A UV filter causes almost no light loss whereas the point of an ND filter is to reduce light, Such as when taking pictures of waterfalls to prevent the water from being over exposed.
Almost any UV filter will work as protection. I would get a multicoated filter.
Most any brand will work. This is what I use.

http://www.camerafilters.com/detail.aspx?id=274

Suzaberg
10-11-2004, 12:52 AM
Thanks Jayde and genece! The info and links are very helpful. I must have misunderstood what I'd read before. I thought the purpose of ND filters was to protect the lens, while the purpose of UV filters was to alter the image the camera records. Thanks for clearing that up.

One more question. At vidoedirect.com I saw for sale an "MC Protector" that seems to be designed solely to protect the lens. (Q-DMC-LMC72 MC Protector). What's the difference between this and a UV filter? Do you recommend one over the other?

genece
10-11-2004, 05:21 AM
I think that an MC filter is a multi coated plain piece of glass. So there really is not much difference. They claim 99.8% light transmission but a middle price UV filter claims that also. You do lose some light with anything you add to the lens.

winterlw
10-11-2004, 07:01 PM
Does the FZ3 also use 72mm? Is the filter all you need for it? Can you use the hood with the protector/filter in place? If it's 72 can I buy one that is the right size or do I need to get one of the step down rings. Sorry for all of the questions thanks for the help.

wmussatto
10-11-2004, 10:42 PM
I think I read that the FZ3 uses a 55 mm filter. But I don't have one. It definitely will use a smaller size than the FZ20 since the sensor and lens on the FZ3 is smaller.

Bill

Suzaberg
10-12-2004, 12:16 AM
Thanks for all the help!

Jayde
10-12-2004, 12:18 AM
Suzaberg
If you buy a pana DMC-LMC72 MC (multi coated) Protector it will cost lots more than a hoya etc jus get a glass one not a plastic filter, you wont notice the diff.... :)

winterlw
Bill is correct just buy a 55mm UV filter. go to local shop..
no step rings ever reqd for FZ3 :D

propwash
10-12-2004, 07:44 AM
Does the FZ3 also use 72mm?

No. The adapter ring supplied with the FZ3 has 55mm threads on it, so you can use standard, easy to find, 55mm filters. As a bonus, the supplied lens cap fits nicely on 55mm filters as well.

Roy Kelley
10-13-2004, 11:39 AM
:D I want a combination UV/circular polarizing filter, but am a little confused over what to get (eBay $19.95?).
Does the UV filter help digital cameras as it does film cameras?
I ordered an FZ-20 on Monday (10/11), & expect to clear up some facts when I actually get it. I've never seen any of the FZ-** cameras!
Thank you

jamison55
10-13-2004, 12:10 PM
:D I want a combination UV/circular polarizing filter, but am a little confused over what to get (eBay $19.95?).
Does the UV filter help digital cameras as it does film cameras?



I can't imagine why you would want a combination UV/Polarizer, since they are designed for different purposes. The most people leave a UV filter on full time, since it is pretty much a clear piece of glass. Opinions differ as to whether modern digicams really get any value from a UV filter (aside from the protection of the clear glass over the lens).

A polarizer, on the other hand, is generally not attached to a camera full time. For one thing, you usually lose a stop of light when using a polarizer. For another, it is really only helpful in a couple of circumstances - such as when you are trying to intensify the blue in a sky or shoot through glass or water.

Having sait that I use UV filters on all of my lenses to protect the glass, and use a polarizer more than any other filter.

Roy Kelley
10-13-2004, 11:25 PM
:cool: Thanks Jameson55, I mis-read the eBay listings & thought there were 2 filters in 1. Actually they were all kits of 2 separate filters!

NathanBrazil
10-15-2004, 05:41 PM
A polarizer, on the other hand, is generally not attached to a camera full time. For one thing, you usually lose a stop of light when using a polarizer. For another, it is really only helpful in a couple of circumstances - such as when you are trying to intensify the blue in a sky or shoot through glass or water.

Having sait that I use UV filters on all of my lenses to protect the glass, and use a polarizer more than any other filter.

Should the polarizer be circular or linear?

Jayde
10-16-2004, 01:39 AM
NathanBrazil
Linear is ok
more info here for FZ range..
http://www.users.bigpond.com/vkelim/DMCFZ10/

:)

Keisha
10-18-2004, 07:38 PM
HI...

I recently made the really big jump from an Olympus C-700 to an FZ20. So far, the FZ20 is wonderful...
After reading the discussions about filters and protecting the lens, I purchased a UV filter but am confused about a lens cap. The 72mm filter does not allow use of the factory lens cap since it attaches to the hood. Do I need to purchase a new lens cap to cover the UV filter when the camera is not in use, or should i remove the filter and use the factory lens cap? Thanks...Keisha

John_Reed
10-18-2004, 08:38 PM
HI...

I recently made the really big jump from an Olympus C-700 to an FZ20. So far, the FZ20 is wonderful...
After reading the discussions about filters and protecting the lens, I purchased a UV filter but am confused about a lens cap. The 72mm filter does not allow use of the factory lens cap since it attaches to the hood. Do I need to purchase a new lens cap to cover the UV filter when the camera is not in use, or should i remove the filter and use the factory lens cap? Thanks...KeishaLook at the Yoshida 1055B/1055S (B = Black, S = Silver) adapters on this (http://butabara-tec.com/) page. You'll find, I think, that you can then use cheaper 55mm filters and accessories, AND, your lens cap will fit the 55mm diameter. You should have no vignetting with that size adapter.