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Old Apr 3, 2010, 9:11 PM   #1
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Default I am getting a DMC-FZ35, what accessories should I get

I am getting a DMC-FZ35 monday, and already have an extra battery
and 8GB SDHC for it, I was thinking of getting a UV filter, case and
telephoto lens

I will be using it mostly outside for nature shots, birds, animals and
also for its video mode, I would also like to take some macro shots
of plants, bugs and other things


From what I have read it seams that the Olympus TCON-17 is a good
telephoto lens for this camera, but what rings or adapters will I need
to use it, if any, and what about the plastic threads on the telephoto
lens, should I get an extra ring or adapter just to help spare the threads
on the telephoto lens

Also I tend to be a little harsh / rough on my stuff what other things
would I need to help protect it,

I would like a hard case for the camera if I can find a good one

And does anyone know of a good but cheap UV filter, around
$30 + or - and a cheap clear protection filter, If not I will most
likely get a cheap Vivitar filter set

Any ideas?
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Old Apr 3, 2010, 9:34 PM   #2
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I would pass on the UV protector filter. But if you do get something that is good, like a BW multicoated. Hoya multicoated is nice also. I would get something like a Haze 1 over a UV protector.

A good macro conversion lens is a good option also. And a good high quality bag
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Old Apr 3, 2010, 9:35 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Panasonic P+S folder. We're delighted that you dropped by.

Congratulations on your decision to purchase the Panasonic FZ-35/38. It is a very good camera and I know that you will really enjoy it. I was able to pick up a used, but very high quality Nikon 46mm UV filter that I use on my FZ-35 on E-Bay for $6.99.

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Old Apr 4, 2010, 9:24 AM   #4
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Just my thoughts

A TCONN-17 is a good choice and you may have to Ebay it from Hong Kong at a premium $100+.

A UV filter for protection but don't skimp on the quality.

I got some good batteries on Ebay for about $10 each (includes shipping) and I bought 3 of them with 2 being stashed away in-case they ever stop making them (I'm always concerned proprietary batteries my become obsolete). I may buy even more later. 7.2 V 1000mA.

A circular polarizer to have some fun with thru water, glass, and to reduce reflections.

Don't depend on the lanyard to hold that cap on. Mine already wore thru and broke after 7 days. I never cared for the cap flapping in the wind while being held by the lanyard anyway.

A "JJC RN-6" (DMW-LA3 Clone) adapter to mount TCONN-17 - Ebay at half the price.

Digital photography guides (updated for today's technology) so you get the most out of your camera and don't just rely on Aperture mode settings.

Lens cleaning kit: brush, blower, cloth, maybe fluid or a cleaning pen.

An extra SD card maybe 2GB in case something happens to your 8GB card in the field.

Now can anyone recommend a macro lens or does camera even need one?

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Old Apr 4, 2010, 3:40 PM   #5
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So far I plan on getting the

DMW-LA3 - $24.40
Hoya 46mm Digital Filter Kit with 3 Filters & Pouch - $49.95
Giottos Rocket-Air Blower, Lenspen Lens Pen, Accessory Kit - $17.95

and the TCONN-17 when I have more money

Also later on, an extra SDHC card and battery
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I found a Nikon TC-E15ED used for a good price, even came with
50-55mm metal step ring, and 55mm rear cap

I also got a 58mm Hoya UV filter for the TC-E15ED, and
46mm Hoya UV filter for the camera - both cheap

and got the DMW-LA3

It was over my budget, but not to bad at $130 for all of it, Amazon and
Ebay came threw for me on this one

Now I just need to get a case fo it all, and some cleaning suplies,
oh and money to buy them LOL
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Old Apr 5, 2010, 4:26 AM   #7
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I was thinking about getting the Pelican 1200 Case, seams to be about
$35-$40, problem is the interior dimensions are 9.25" x 7.12" x 4.12"
and the camera would fill most of it, not leaving any room for the
telephoto lens, but it would be enough for some extra batteries and
fliters.

I got looking at the Zeikos ZE-HC36, around $30, interior dimensions
are 17 3/8" x 12 1/8" x 6" inches, HUGE for a camera, I have used
cases like this for tools, laptops, and even a microscope, what
I have never liked is the construction of them, its wood paneling under
a paper thin sheet of Aluminum, but for $30 what do you expect.

I will most likely get something like the Zeikos ZE-HC36, unless I can
something better for around the same price
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A circular polarizer to have some fun with thru water, glass, and to reduce reflections.
Do those polarizers prevent the reflection one sometimes sees, resulting in vertical white flashes?

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Martin -

A ND, or neutral density filter would be more helpful when shooting video, than a polarizer. The main issue is not to shoot into the sun or bright lights.

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Do those polarizers prevent the reflection one sometimes sees, resulting in vertical white flashes?

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Actually, I have no idea. We use polarized glasses to see through water when around the ocean so I only know about the polarizer as it relates to water.
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