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Old May 18, 2007, 8:32 AM   #1
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Hi!

Can you please advise which Hoya polarizer filter type/model fits the FZ-20?

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Old May 18, 2007, 8:53 AM   #2
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do you have an aftermarket adapter, like the Phayee or Pemaraal? if so, which one?
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Old May 18, 2007, 9:23 AM   #3
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I do not have an adapter. Is one needed?

Apologies for the elementary questions - am new to add-ons.
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Old May 18, 2007, 1:27 PM   #4
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Yup... you will.

http://www.pemaraal.com/index.php?page=fz10ac

I have the PA62H. Pemaraal shipped it to me instead of the ordinary PA62 I ordered. The built-in hood has been useful at times but frankly I would not order it given the choice.

Of all the posts I've read on polarizers, it seems to me that slightly more people report better results with the less expensive linear type than the circular type. Both are said to work with the FZ20. You may find some camera store types will say only circular will work - that is not true.

I had one of the Hoya circulars but it broke the second time I tried to use it. I had a Hamas collapsible hood mounted on the polarizer and the edge of the rubber hood snagged on the bag and levered the two halves of the polarizer apart. I was quite surprised when this happened as a few years back I used a 48mm on a Canon G1 and beat it up a fair bit.

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Old May 18, 2007, 3:41 PM   #5
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ckthegreek,

As others here have said, do yourself a favor and get an aftermarket adapter for your FZ20 to mount filters and conversion lenses. You may not think you'll ever use some of these things but you will (believe me).

In addition to the Pemaraal adapter already mentioned, consider the Phayee (I have the Chen upon which the Phayee was based/copied) which is available from two eBay sellers:
RJ Camera accessory store (aka Ron Jin, aka Phayee)
http://tinyurl.com/2u32nx

GoShotCamera -- only available in silver
http://tinyurl.com/2qb2f4
or Lovelife's CRing:
JKConsultants (aka Lovelife) -- eBay page impossible to decipher but contact him and he'll help you out
http://tinyurl.com/yos44v
Then get yourself a multi-coated UV filter to leave on the camera when not using something else and a linear polarizer. I, personally, standardized on 62mm extras but that was before the FZ30 and FZ50 which natively support 55mm. If you think you'll ever upgrade to either of these (or future) models, you might want to standardize on 55mm.

I've used the following online sources for my filters:
The Filter Connection
http://www.2filter.com/

Robin Kanta Photographic Supply
http://www.photofilter.com/
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If you use the Panasonic adapter the filter is too far from the lens inviting flaring and ghosting........and it takes a 72mm filter which is expensive.

I have 5 different aftermarket adapters and the Raynox adapteris a good purchase and then you will only need a 52mm filter....there by, the savings will pay for the adapter.

http://www.bugeyedigital.com/product...ow-afz20p.html

And as someone said either a Linear or circular filter will work pretty much equally.

And if you wish to add lenses and such you may want to consider Lovelifes C-Ring adapter......it has the ability to use most any size lens with out using a step ring ,which again starts moving things away from the camera lens.
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Thanks to all for your very prompt and helpful responses. I shall shop around and report back with some real :|.


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i have the Phayee adapter as well, purchased from Rong Jin. it offers several benefits over the kit adapter. in addition to placing the filter right next to the lens in fully extended position (which eliminates flaring and such), it also is much sturdier than the plastic one. mine stays on the camera at all times, with a UV filter mounted to protect the lens. it accepts 62mm filters, and you can get a collapsible rubber lens hood that will thread onto the adapter perfectly. hoods are extremely useful - some say necessary - for reducing stray reflections when shooting in bright light.

as for whether a linear works better than a circular, i don't think there's much difference. either one will work for you. i have the circular one, and it seems to work just fine.
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