View Full Version : Filters and the FZ20

09-28-2004, 09:24 PM
I want to put a UV filter on my FZ20, I'm curious to know how the new filter will fit. If there is an adapter ring, does it take in account the movable lense?

09-29-2004, 01:57 AM
you need an adaptor.. then filter
did you read the "Filters for FZ-20" posted here ?
see that then reply if .... :)

09-29-2004, 06:53 AM
Hi Jayde,
I read the previous post and I still am a little confused. So I am assuming that with the adapter and filter on the camera, upon power up, when the lense extends out, it is then flush with the filter? Correct?

I'm not sure if I will be using any other lenses with the FZ20, do I still want to go with the PA62 or another size?


09-29-2004, 07:13 AM
Yes.. the lens is within the adaptor length when camera is on ..zooms in/out during use.. filter protects it from dust etc

adaptor pics here and various zoom lens..

try 62mm Xtend-a-Lens.. then fit a 62mm filter
ok :)

09-29-2004, 07:41 AM
Just to add to the confusion, I have been trying to gather more info regarding the proper adapter, and I came across this post. Is vignetting inevitable with using any of these adapters? All I want to do is add a simple UV filter for protection of the lense and for filtering, but I don't want to sacrifice performance with vignetting.

Can anyone explain all of this to a newbie before I go out and part with more cash?!?


I was advised by b300.com (where I ordered the Sony) to get the 62mm Yoshida, then step down just a bit to 58mm, rather than get the 55mm Yoshida, then have to step up to 58mm. The latter would give me more vignetting. So that was good advice.

09-29-2004, 08:19 AM
One more quick question,
After getting the adapter tube, will I still be able to use the Panasonic lense hood?


09-29-2004, 08:36 AM
NO you wont see any vignetting with just the PA adaptor+filter on FZ20
this only occurs when you add some types of telextender or wide angle lens.. see here but most of good ones are ok..
(unlikely to get vignetting with other adaptors but ask..)

like my FZ10+canon TL55 has no vignetting through out the zoom range, but the C-210 has.. but if you stack 2 lens its more likely..

exc.. lens info here

some Raynox lens prefer yoshida adaptors to avoid vignetting..
my tip
look for big glass (more light) on front and 62mm on back end avoids step rings..

search for any FZ info here + reviews
bookmark these :)
read up but have fun..

09-29-2004, 02:34 PM
Hi Jayde, I talked to a sales person at Ritz camera and he told me that the FZ-20 takes a 72mm filter that fits onto the lens hood that comes with the camera. What is the benefit of buying the Pemaraal Adapter? I guess what i don't understand is what do you need an adapter - why can't you just put the filter on the lens hood? I must be missing something here . . would you be patient with my ignorance and enlighten me. Much appreciation. isis


09-29-2004, 03:47 PM
nothing stopping you using a big Pana adaptor +72mm filter but its more money.. and if you want to use other lens most are 62mm or smaller then u get vignetting (dark corners ) and step down ring problems.. and cost of..

PA62 is aesthetically pleasing too :)

see pics adaptors n lens

so get any 62mm adaptor see FZ10 FAQ link
READ these posts follow links and you will understand even more..
solly im tired lol :cool:

09-29-2004, 03:50 PM
Thank you Jayde and one more question for when you're no tired. What is the dif between the Pana adapter and the PA adapter? many thank yous, isis

09-29-2004, 03:57 PM
I think I am following Isis's train of thought here, and if so, the only thing to buy would be the 72mm filter and use the lense hood adapter that already comes with the FZ20. If this would work, one question I would have is would there be any problems since there would be a 1/4" gap between the fully extended lense and the filter?


09-29-2004, 04:46 PM
Hi Craig, I looked at another web site that Jayde so kindly pointed me to. I think the reason not not buy 72mm filters is cost and availability. Jayde is saying, I think, that if you buy the adapter and a 55mm step down ring, you can use 55mm filters (less glass, less expensive) and have more filter selections to choose from. Check out the site below and tell me what you think.

Marcia (isis)


09-29-2004, 05:19 PM
Hi Marcia,
I was able to find a b+w UV 72mm filter at my local photo shop for $54.00. They also have the new lense cap that will be needed to accomdate the filter, I think around $10.00.

Since at the moment I don't plan on using any other lenses, and also that I will be taking the FX20 on a motorcycle trip in a couple week, this is the way I am going to go. I really wanted to get something to help protect the lense while out on the road and the 72mm filter sounds perfect for my situation, plus if you add up the adapter and filter, my guess is that it would total over $54.00.

Let me know how you come out on this.


09-29-2004, 06:05 PM
Craig, Have a great trip. I gave you the wrong web site, I meant to give you this one - I'll let you know how I come out with this. Have a look at this for some clarity about the whole thing. Thanks. Marcia

http://www.photosolve.com/main/product/xtendalens/FZ10/index.html :)

09-30-2004, 04:44 AM
Marcia (isis)oh Isis < (bob dylan song..)

So why use a 62mm Adaptor instead of the Pana 72mm Adaptor supplied ?
Nothing stopping you using the supplied Pana 72mm adaptor + 72mm filter
but a 72mm filter is more money.. and if you want to use any other lens at a later date most are 62mm or smaller threads this can cause vignetting (dark corners on images) and step down ring problems.. and the cost.
so buying a 62mm adaptor + 62mm filter in the future makes sense.

so not 55mm but 62mm
availability i dunno lol
ONLY get another adaptor if you want to use other lens..

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

hope it helps :)