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Old Mar 14, 2009, 4:18 PM   #1
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I have just bought a new FZ50 (having been looking for one for months)?

Does anyone know how good the add-on wide-angle lenses are regarding loss image quality?
Also, are some makes better than others?
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Old Mar 15, 2009, 8:56 AM   #2
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The Panasonic converter is the best and the Tcon W.08 is also pretty good with almost no loss of IQ.

Be advised the WA converter only works with no zoom, the IQ starts to degrade at 2X and is about useless at 3X....

Unless you have a special need for WA , I would not get one.... but then I am not a fan of WA for landscapes.
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What Gene Said.....

The Panasonic is excellent. Here's a set of images I have shot using it with my FZ50:

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...39939626_8RhPe

You cannot zoom with it attached and retain good image quality. You need to consider it as a wide angle prime and keep thelens on the FZ50 setto the 35mm wide end, which gives you a 24mm wide angle with the .7x Panasonic DMW-LW55.
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Ignore....duplicate post.
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I've got the Olympus Wcon-07 and the Raynox DCR-fe180pro fish-eye for the FZ50. Bothprovide fine quality. Wcon is cheap, Raynox is not. Expect heavy lens flare with WA converters!

If you're going to love wide-angle, and you can afford one, go for the LX3. If 10 is best, then FZ50 + WA is 4, and LX3 is 10, really.
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Greg: cracking shots! Can you confirm that the official wide-angle lens doesn't vignette? I'm currently using a cheap WA lens that does, horribly!

Thanks in advance.

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Greg: cracking shots! Can you confirm that the official wide-angle lens doesn't vignette? I'm currently using a cheap WA lens that does, horribly!

Thanks in advance.

Rich
No vignetting at all with DMW-LW55.

Like any wide angle add-on, a certain amount of barrel distortion does happen, but there is a third-party program called PTLens that has a specific profile designed that automatically corrects this with the FZ50+DMW-LW55 combination. I used it in most of my images shot with this combination.

http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/
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Sold!

I'll give PTLens a whirl if I can't satisfactorily Photoshop it.

Thanks again.
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