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Old Jul 26, 2010, 3:22 PM   #1
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I'm rather new to photographing, and recently bought the FZ38/35, in which my first few photos can be checked out at http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...fz38-35-a.html

I've also seen very nice photos taken with an add-on lens attached. I saw some using the LC-55 (€99,-) , and the DCR-250 (€60,-).

Can anyone advice me what the big difference between them is, and which one is better. Perhaps better is not the right word, but better for which circumstances . Or are there other lenses that might be good (with a normal price at the same time)?

Would I need any special adapters?

Also, I ordered a Hoya 46mm UV filter. Can they be attached at the same time? And would a polarizer be useful as well?

Thanks in advance for the information and help

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I've heard from a friend that the DCR-250 and LC-55 probably are nearly the same, except that the LC-55 is made by Panasonic.

I've also seen a few other lens (kits), does anyone have experience, or knows anything about the following 2?

Raynox DCR-2025PRO Telefoto 2.2x

Raynox DCR-5320PRO Macro lens kit


Thanks again for the input

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Old Jul 26, 2010, 3:54 PM   #2
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Bump. I'd like the answer to this too. And can you put the hoya filter on the add-on lens to protect it or does it have to go the other way round?

And are there any other useful add-ons to the FZ38? I was wondering about a slave flash as when doing very close macros the lens itself blocks the light from the flash so it would be nice to be able to light from somewhere else. (I suppose it doesn't need to be a flash and a good torch would do the trick?)
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Old Jul 26, 2010, 5:20 PM   #3
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Default filter and add on lens

the filter needs to be removed before the add on is used.
it looks like the filter will whack the lens.
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Old Jul 26, 2010, 5:53 PM   #4
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An interesting review by Shewsbury (from this forum) with some example photos of the DCR-250 (with a FujiFilm Finepix HS10) can be found here: http://www.shewsbury.com/2010/07/ray...acro-lens.html

Yet, I would love to hear the opinions about the LC-55, and which one is better for which circumstances
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You can see more sample photos from Raynox DCR-250 with Fujifilm HS10 in here:

http://www.shewsbury.com/2010/07/fly-v1.html


I believe the combination of DCR-250 with Panasonic FZ38 will be wonderful. Though I'm not sure if you need to get the additional expansion tube for FZ38 or maybe you can just screw the DCR-250 lens direct to the main lens of FZ38 - if the size is 49mm, then you don't need any adapter tube, you can just screw it onto the lens right away...

I use Panasonic FZ28 last year and from my personal amateur observation, the image quality of the Leica lens is slightly much better than my current Fujifilm HS10 and thus the FZ38 should give similar or good result.

About Panasonic DMW-LC55 55mm Close Up Lens, I'm not sure about this as I never use it... but I guess the Raynox DCR-250 can do better than LC55 - though I might be wrong on this...

The good thing about DCR-250 is that it is compatible with various lens size as they give the universal adapter for all type of lens ranging from 52mm to 67mm.
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Thank you for your information and help, shewsbury . There must be some people with the LC55 giving their opinion or such, and I think there should be a reason (I guess) that the LC55 is, in euros, close to twice the price of the DCR 250.

And I'm also a bit confused now. I ordered a UV filter 46mm, but can the lense size be bigger then, and would it fit?
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Honnes,

If you use the 46mm UV Filter, that means you attach it directly onto the lens... am I right? Never tried this, so I'm not sure...

Last time when I use Panasonic FZ28, I use 58mm close up filters and some other Wide Angle and Macro conversion lens add on - but in addition, I have to buy the 58mm adapter tube for FZ18/FZ28 and I believe it should work on the FZ38 as well... that is if you intend to use the combination that I experiment last time.

You can easily buy the "58mm Adapter Tube for Panasonic FZ18/FZ28/FZ35/FZ38" in E-Bay for a very cheap price...

By the way, on another unrelated issue maybe but still related to Panasonic FZ38 camera, you should visit this link:

http://artzen2.com/artzen2-0168.htm

and this one :

http://artzen2.com/artzen2-0053.htm


This guy, Tony Karp, is one of the expert user of Panasonic FZ series and he demonstrate something nice there to change the "external look" of his FZ38 and FZ18 and at the same time protecting the marvelous Leica lens... damn I really miss that Leica lens... :-)

If I still have my FZ28 now, surely I will follow his recommendation to protect the lens of the camera.

Good luck...
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Silly as it may sound, I ordered a 46mm one because I read in another topic with questions regarding the UV filter, and well, there I go , and how to attach it, I'll check it out upon receiving it .

I'll post your first link about the FZ38 also in that topic, as some had trouble with turning on the camera with lenscap on it as well. I'm definitely going to try it out!

You've been really helpful, and I still hope that someone can give information about the LC-55, DCR-250, and preferred a comparison

As for a FZ38/35 with LC-55 add-on lens, check the following 2 threads for a few example shots by users of this forum:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...5-lc-55-a.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...acro-lens.html

Due to fact of them both being great lenses, I'm so nervous which one I should order . I have to say that, for some reason, the DCR-250 looks more complex than the LC-55.

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Honnes can't really help you I have the DCR-250, and have yet to use it (Don't know why?)...but have used the LC-55 extensively...and yes it is very user friendly and would be a good place to start, but the LC-55 is more of a Close Up lens than a Macro Lens for my part it magnifies 3X's...as stated many times before: A picture is worth a thousand words...

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-55-combo.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...55-macros.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...parisions.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...ers-banks.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...s-flowers.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...crop-sooc.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...c-lc-55-a.html
These were with the FZ35 alone and were a comparision thread...
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...acro-mode.html
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Old Jul 27, 2010, 10:53 AM   #10
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LTZ470, thanks for your input , I hate to ask, but can you take a few shots with both lenses of the same object (and trying the same distances) and post them, I'm dying to see the results

Update

A friend of mine told me that they probably achieve the same result, and that the difference is the brand. LC-55 is from Panasonic itself, and the DCR-250 is from Raynox.

I found a store (2 hours driving) which I will visit soon, to check out their lenses, and probably buy one, or more

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