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Old May 5, 2010, 2:44 PM   #1
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Default Must-own accesories for FZ-35

To begin, I'm completely new to "enthusiast" photography, and the FZ-35 is my first venture into this somewhat intimidating world. I am completely new to the plethora of options and settings I'm faced with (relative to my old point-and-shoots), but I can't wait to explore more. This past weekend was my first prolonged shooting experience with the camera, spurned by my purchase of Kelby's Digital Photography Book, and I will post the not-so-worthy shots in an upcoming thread for critique.

Going through the book, I realized that there are some accessories I need to invest in. But being on a limited budget does exactly that. It limits me to slow incremental accumulation of accessories instead of a spending spree I wish I could afford. My father was a photographer years ago (in the non-digital age) and all I can remember is the abundance of equipment he owned so I understand what is involved.

My question: What would you consider the "must have" accessories I need to own, given my current budget of, let's say, $100?

Filters: seem like a consensus here, but which brand, and which ones. Panasonic OEM? Hoya? Tiffen? I have no clue. Someone please make the process of choosing easier on me and recommend something.

Tripod: I have some cheap tripod that I can use for now.

Extra battery: OEM replacement of some third party? If third party, then which brand? Lenmar? Where to get them cheaply?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Old May 5, 2010, 4:34 PM   #2
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You should look here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...uld-i-get.html
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Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
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Old May 5, 2010, 5:02 PM   #3
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Thanks Joho,

I actually looked through that thread many time the past few days, however as much as I would love to own the equipment Will1384 purchased, the proclaimed price tag is prohibitive for me. It seems like Will purchased most of the accessories available on the market. I just need the ones I really shouldn't begin shooting without.

Also: If someone could recommend some good photography guides/books besides the aforementioned Scott Kelby's books I'd greatly appreciate it.

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The only really needed accessory is a memory card on which to record your photo. You can gain the most by shooting and getting familiar with the FZ-35. Tripods are optional, Filters are optional, Even a spare battery is optional.

But experience will pay big dividends.

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Old May 5, 2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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Extra memory card
Extra Battery
Small camera bag

Also stuff to clean the camera with,
and maybe a camera wrist strap

With memory cards and batteries, stick with what has good
reviews and lots of them, also with memory cards get a
"Class 6" or better.

That's about as condensed as "must have accessories" can get
for a digital camera.
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Thanks Joho,

I actually looked through that thread many time the past few days, however as much as I would love to own the equipment Will1384 purchased, the proclaimed price tag is prohibitive for me. It seems like Will purchased most of the accessories available on the market. I just need the ones I really shouldn't begin shooting without.
For me the Panasonic LND-46 grey filter was essential for video recording in strong sunlight. I also bought a Hoya UV filter for protection of the lens. I bought a second battery pack - one of the cheapest on the market - still it does the job to serve as a replacement when the included battery runs low. As a tripod you can also buy the cheapest on the market it will hold the low weight FZ35. That's it. It will not cost you more than about 100$.
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Some of my stuff on vimeo (all shot with an FZ-35):
The tree: www.vimeo.com/11345662
with LC55 macro lens: www.vimeo.com/13884313
Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
christmas lights: www.vimeo.com/17912783

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I have found that a hoya 46 mm filter and a SLR Gorrilapod have helped me greatly in the past few months.
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Old May 6, 2010, 3:56 AM   #8
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I have the Lenmar battery from amazon and it works great. last just as long as the original
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