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  1. #1
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    Another FZ20 Adapter/Filter question

    I've just spent the past 2 hours reading through every thread I could find here on FZ20 adapters and filters.

    What I think I want is:
    a Phayee 62mm adapter
    some sort of UV filter - suggestions anyone?
    a linear polarizer - brand?

    These are 2 auctions I've found for adapters, which if any would be suitable and are these the same as others on this forum use?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/PHAYEE-Lens-Adap...QQcmdZViewItem
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Phayee-Lens-Adap...QQcmdZViewItem

    I will be wanting to add a telephoto lens in future and from what I've read the phayee 62mm adapters are compatible?

    Also, if anyone could post some exact model numbers or links to a UV filter and linear polarizer that would be much appreciated.. I've read so much but a bit lost on exactly what items I should be buying.

    Thanks
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    That first link is the one from the guy I purchased my Phayee adapter from( shipped from Hong Kong). It works great and will work fine with the TCON14B Telephoto lens.

    As for UV filter, I think this is the one I used, I wanna say mine had "Pro 1" on it also but not sure.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search



    *** I used them on my FZ20, BTW.
    Last edited by jcon; 08-28-2006 at 06:50 AM.
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    I bought a Phayeee adapter from RJ ....he is a fair Ebayer......But I really believe Lovelifes adapter (C-Ring) is a better setup although more expensive.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-CRing-Adapte...QQcmdZViewItem

    For the Phayee adapter this would be my choice of UV filters
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

    and a polarizer
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
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    genece, so which adapter do you use, Lovelifes and not the Phayee?
    What do you like better about it?

    I dont mind spending a bit more for quality, it just seems that I've read all good things about the Phayee set up.. I'm really not sure which to go for now

    Also which filters would go with lovelife's setup?
    Last edited by longroad; 08-26-2006 at 08:57 PM.
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    Can I add another alternative?

    Don't want to confuse you so if this is not what you want ignore me. Anyway I bought a nextphoto snap-on thread adaptor for my FZ20 and Hoya 55mm skylight & circular polarising filters. They all fit very close to the lense & I can still use the original lense cap & overall it is a very compact set-up adding very little to the size/bulk of the camera. Personally I decided that I didn't want to add tele lenses the x12 was enough for me. However looking at the set up it might be possible to add an adaptor onto the outside of the lense barrel without removing the nextphoto adaptor when/if you need to add your tele lens. You'd have to check with the external adaptor people that the lens movement would still be ok with the extra ~3mm thickness of the nextphoto adaptor though. If this worked most of the time you would have a nice compact filter set-up rather than the larger phayee or lovelife ones & could simply add your adaptor & lens when needed.
    Just an alternative thought.
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    I use lovelifes adapter with a 55mm C Ring that way I can use 55mm filters and mount a Tcon 17 directly to that combo or remove the Cring and mount 62mm lenses......While that may seem very similar to using a stepring it is not the same.. the Cring adds no distance between the add on lens and the camera....which helps with most converter lenses.
    But there is nothing wrong with the phayee adapter ...its just if your getting something you may as well attempt to get the best results.
    After rereading your original question , you mention nothing about add-on lenses So if you have no plans to use add on lenses the Phayee adapter will be as good as any.


    Quote Originally Posted by longroad
    genece, so which adapter do you use, Lovelifes and not the Phayee?
    What do you like better about it?

    I dont mind spending a bit more for quality, it just seems that I've read all good things about the Phayee set up.. I'm really not sure which to go for now

    Also which filters would go with lovelife's setup?
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    He actually did mention he will be getting a tele lens in the future

    Ive never used the C-Ring so cant comment on it, I will take Genes word that it is good. I can attest to the Phayee being good. I guess its just one of those preferance type deals.
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    Yeah, I will be wanting to get some lenses soon.

    After further reading here, it seems the Phayee was most highly recommended until lovelife came along with his setup, and after that people seem to be recommending that instead.
    So I think I will go with that, I will be sticking to 62mm (the TCON's are 62mm right?) so wont need any rings, and I think I can order the filters from him too.

    Looking forward to receiving it all
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    Longroad....where in Australia are you ?

    I am probably going to put my Pemaraal FZ-20 adapter and Olympus TCon-17 on e-bay in the very near future. If interested, send me a PM.

    If you live near Sydney, you can even come and have a play first to see if it is useful to you or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honest Gaza
    Longroad....where in Australia are you ?

    I am probably going to put my Pemaraal FZ-20 adapter and Olympus TCon-17 on e-bay in the very near future. If interested, send me a PM.

    If you live near Sydney, you can even come and have a play first to see if it is useful to you or not.
    I live in Sydney

    I've read the TCON-17 isn't that good on the FZ20, is that why you're selling it?
    I'm probably getting the 14B, although it's really hard to find.

    I've decided to go for Lovelifes Cring setup, however I emailed him the other day and still no reply so Im a bit hesitant to send him through the almost $100USD for all the items I need.. his Ebay system is too confusing
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    Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro

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