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  1. #1
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    Question Request for Filter Help

    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?

  2. #2
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    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/
    Last edited by Jayde; 10-09-2004 at 04:16 AM.

  3. #3
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    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

  4. #4
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    Thanks! One More Question

    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?

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    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.

  6. #6
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    Question barrage of potentially dumb questions

    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.

  7. #7
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    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

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for all the help!

  9. #9
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    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

  10. #10
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    FZ3 filters

    Quote Originally Posted by winterlw
    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.

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