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Old Nov 4, 2011, 8:48 AM   #1
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Hi Peeps,

I`m new to the forum and actually new to the world of cameras.

After much reviewing I have got my self a Panasonic FZ45 and would love to get into Marco pictures.

Reading a few posts and reviews I have been looking into two options.

This Lens

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...F8&me=&seller=


or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-In...7&sr=1-1-fkmr1


with this adapter

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DM...9&sr=1-1-fkmr0

Regarding the above adapter does this just attach start to the orginal camera, the current 24x lens doesn't have to be removed does it? (sorry im new to cameras )

Any suggestions or help would be great.

Many thanks

Coops
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 2:40 PM   #2
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G'day Coops

Firstly - welcome to the forum mate - we'll do our best to help you sort out your queries ~ and maybe you'll be able to show us some of your results too

At to your links ...
#1 is a Raynox close up lens adapter that I am unsure as to how it would attach to the panasonic
#2 is the panasonic close up lens that must be used with the panasonic adapter tube

The Raynox lens is a +4-dioptre close up lens & the Panasonic is a +2-dioptre close up lens
All close up lenses have a dioptre number indicating its 'strength' and that equals its focal length as a fraction of a metre ... ie- a #1 focuses at 1-metre, a +2 focuses at 1/2-metre; a +4 at 1/4 and a +10 at 1/10-metre regardless of which camera lens the close up lens is attached to

The panny lens you refer to is a high-quality 2-element glass lens designed to achieve above-average quality images - certainly they will be clearer than you will get via a 15-quid close up lens from another supplier

I use #2 as my solution for macro work and enjoy is for several reasons
As mentioned above, it focuses at 1/2 metre when the camera lens is set to infinity, and as the camera focus comes closer [ie- to maybe 1-metre] the close up lens comes with it, so focussing down to maybe 1/3-metre ... thus giving it a very useful camera-to-subject range

Then when it's focussed, I can use the zoom to change the size of the subject without any further mucking around ... magic !

However -and everything has a however- as you get closer to a subject and it gets larger in the viewfinder, the depth-of-field gets smaller as well ... so for ALL your close up work and for best results, go into Aperture mode and close the Aperture down to the smallest you can get - which I think on the FZ is f8 or f11 maybe. On a dSLR the lens may go to f22 or f32 :-))

Your DoF in this sort of work will be 1/4" to 1/2" - so I suggest a tripod where possible

The adapter tube is needed to ensure that the back & forth movement of the zoom does not hit the close up lens ... BTW I leave my adapter on the camera all the time as a) it makes a good lens shade, and b) it gives some 'protection' to the front glass as I choose not to use a UV filter

Hope this helps a bit - come back with more questions as they arise
Regards, Phil
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 3:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Ozzie.

So the adapter, would that just fix to the end of the lens, then the Marco lens fits to the end of the adapter?

I guess these Panny lens adapter is just a easy, cheap way of getting and A ok Marco setup?

Do you know what Panasonic adapter I would need for a FZ45 & what the best Marco lens would be?
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G'day Coops

In your OP you have linked 2 refs to the Panasonic stuff - these are the 2 items that I use also - photo will follow when I make it up for you

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