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Old Mar 8, 2010, 2:47 AM   #1
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Default Filters and Lenses for the FZ35

Planning my FZ35 purchase, I also took a look at available accessories for it.

I am planning to get a UV filter, probably keep it there permanently for protection; and maybe a CPL filter and telephoto lens (for moon and star shots).

I was on eBay, and here are some interesting items I found:
3x Telephoto lens:
http://cgi.ebay.ph/Pro-46mm-3X-Tele-...3#ht_500wt_749
-is this a gimmicky 3x or is it real? :O

Lens/Filter kit:
http://cgi.ebay.ph/TELE-WIDE-FILTER-...item27afbc8b30

The seller has pretty good feedback and reviews, so it seems pretty legit
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 8:28 AM   #2
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Not to hijack the thread, but do many people use the add on lenses available for their FZ35? If so, where do you get them and how well do you find them to work?
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I use a 46mm uv filter.... and only to protect the lens. I have no wish or requirement for add-on lenses.
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Personally I feel that the add-on or auxiliary lenses are a waste of money. The lens quality is poor and as a result the FZ-35's image quality plumments drastically.

Regarding filters: Only use multi-coated, quality filters like B&W, Hoya, Cokin, etc. Cheap filters will also adversely effect your image quality.

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Old Mar 8, 2010, 11:56 AM   #5
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About how much would you expect a decent 46mm UV filter and polarizer to cost?
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 12:31 PM   #6
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Love him or hate him, I think Ken Rockwell's article on filters is a MUST read:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/filters.htm

Sarah, you may be surprised to hear his view on "coated" filters:
"Multicoated is better than single coated, which is better than uncoated, but the
results are not usually visible at all.
The only time you may see a difference is if you have a bright light or the sun shining
directly into the lens. In some of these cases you may get less ghosts and reflections
from the filters with the better coatings.
Otherwise there is no visible difference.
99.9% of the time there is no difference".
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Personally, I don't see the need for extra lenses,.....but others might. On my trips to Yellowstone, I often use extended zoom on my FZ28 for 33X zoom at 3mp. I know you can get "the same picture" by cropping a full rez picture but I find it very useful to see the picture I'm taking. I can tell the attitude of the animal etc, where I could not do that at 18X in some cases. Maybe it's the quality of the lens on the FZs but I find the 3mp pictures in extended zoom and high speed burst are just fine for my purposes.

On the other question, I do use a mutlicoated UV filter and can't see that it changes the image at all. I use it for protection.

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I also don't see a need for extra lenses. With the FZ35 you can use the extended zoom with 8 MP and the picutre quality is very good at this resolution.
I only use a Hoya UV Filter as a protective measure and an ND grey filter for filming in bright sunlight.
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Well there you have it with regard to filters. Not only do the prices vary, but the opinions do as well. I am sorry dbnnet, I still have a problem with Ken Rockwell's advice.

I use a UV filter as some protection for my FZ-35's lens. Prices vary from $(US)3.29 to over $(US)30.00, so take your pick.

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I agree Sarah. I tried reading that page, and my eyes were swimming trying to decipher his elitist and often conflicting meanderings...maybe we should have a new thread dedicated to Ken Rockwell

On my FZ18 I always used a Hoya UV filter, and yet to buy one for my new FZ35, so keeping that cap on tight!
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