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Old Oct 30, 2010, 1:56 PM   #1
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I just received my LC55 and was really excited and have been playing around with it all morning. But I really can't see a big difference between using it, and straight tele macro without it. I can almost zoom in closer without it. Am I doing something wrong?

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and here is the same subject without the LC55 (in tele macro mode)




The second (without LC55) got me closer, albeit with some distortion.
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Old Oct 30, 2010, 2:18 PM   #2
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Shoot some flowers and bees with it and then without and compare...the LC55 is approx 3x magnification factor and will assist in getting some very detail shots...macros of inanimate subjects won't show too much Saly...
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LTZ, thanks will try. Should I remove the UV filter? Should any of the other settings be changed (metering, ISO, etc.) from what I normally use without converter?
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LTZ - you were right, I seemed to have cried wolf too soon. I just went outside and did a VERY QUICK uncontrolled comparison. There is a huge difference! I also removed my UV filter and that seems to help a lot - particularly in the camera's ability to focus. I got lots more blurry shots with the UV filter in, and the color seems slightly washed out. But the real difference was my distance to the subject. With the LC55, I was about 2 feet away and got these images. While without the LC55, I'm about 1 foot away (probably could have gotten closer if I really tried) this was the closest I could zoom in easily. These are straight out of the camera. I'm excited now!

I'm probably writing things most of you already know....

#1 with LC55, without UV filter




#2 with LC-55, with UV filter




#3 no LC55, standard telemacro

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Saly you and the LC55 will accomplish great things...those definitely have a WOW! factor...
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 3:40 AM   #6
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nice picure saly..!! you have done a wonderful job with it..is adaptor needed with LC55..? how much does it cost..?thanks..
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Thank you so much for your help, LTZ.

Jim007 - Yes, you need to use the conversion lens (LC55) with an adapter tube (Panasonic DMW-LA3). The full price of the lens is around $75 (US) and the tube is around $30 (US), although we can find them much cheaper here. I paid around $85 for both.
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Saly most of the time I use the LC55 at full zoom and use the button on top and select Macro Focus. You're right. You can be further away and get "bigger" close ups.
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