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xHassan Nov 6, 2011 7:55 AM

Macro add on for Fz40
Can someone please advise me regarding a macro add on that I can get for an Fz40

The only glitch here is that I may be getting it from the UAE and they don't have the LA-5 there. So I need something that would fit straight on to my lens

LTZ470 Nov 8, 2011 1:53 PM

The Macro AF will work just as well really need a LA5 to make an add-on Macro/Close Up Lens work well...

Ozzie_Traveller Nov 9, 2011 1:11 PM

G'day Hassan

The biggest issue between in-camera macro vs additional close-up lens + its adapter is that in-camera macro needs 1x to 3x zoom for really close stuff .... and as you zoom for a bigger image, the image goes out of focus

When you use a close up lens, that lens controls the focus distance and as it is external to the zoom lens, you still have full use of the zoom to change image size

I use both +2 & +3 dioptre close up lenses ... the +2 has a focus distance of 1/2-metre and the +3 has a focus of 1/3-metre ... camera on tripod and then I zoom anywhere between 1x to 18x [on the FZ35] to get what I'm after

On the FX28 & 35 - although Panasonic say you will need to get the adapter tube for close ups, the actual lens barrel is threaded for 46mm filters & so I use a 46mm diameter close up lens directly onto the lens

So- with your FZ40, have a good look at the lens barrel for the filter thread - and if it looks like the filter thread is there, measure it and order up a close up lens.

For starters I would suggest a +2 dioptre lens

Also - our old friend Depth of Field comes along to haunt us too
For all close up work I use "A"perture mode x [minimum aperture] f8 to maximise DoF as much as I can

Hope this helps
Regards, Phil

xHassan Nov 10, 2011 10:29 AM

Thanks a mil mates....

ac0x Nov 10, 2011 11:33 AM

I use the DMW-LC55 (+2 diopters) with the LA3 Lens adapter, and a Raynox LCR-150 (~+5 diopters) on top of that with my FZ35. I can get as close as ~ 13 cm at full 18x zoom. This works great for me since I do coin pics, and it allows me to get a close enough image that I can see tiny die marks on coins, but far enough out that I can move in lamps to get enough light on my subject. But as Ozzie says, your depth of field probably isn't much more than a neutron or so at that point, so F8 in A mode (or Manual) is pretty much a neccessity. I also have more luck with manual focus than with Macro AF. And at that magnification level you need either super-steady hands or a tripod/stand of some sort.

ac0x Nov 10, 2011 12:57 PM

Oops sorry - just saw the OP saying he couldn't get the lens adapters where he is. So the Panasonic or Raynox add ons wouldn't work for him. Sorry about that.

Ozzie_Traveller Nov 10, 2011 1:37 PM

G'day again Hassan

Another little thing with macro / close up stuff is the occasional readjusting of the tripod to bring the subject into focus
It can be a damn nuisance to move the tripod 2-3cm [one inch] just to get something onto focus

I also use a focusing rail as well ... it goes onto the tripod then the camera goes onto the focusing rail which can move back & forth

here is the link to the mail-order mob I use ... it may be poss for you to use them as well - if you like the idea of a focusing rail

Hope this helps as well !
Regards, Phil

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