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Old Nov 20, 2010, 7:42 AM   #1
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I have the Fz38 and have recently read about conversion lens making the 18 optical zoom in to a 30 optical zoom.
What are your thoughts on this? Do they work? Are they good? Which one to buy? What about price?
I am in the UK.
Hubby wants to buy me a DSLR, not sure myself but if i agree which one to buy?
Would a conversion lens be better than buying a DSLR?
I like to shoot macros and wild life maininly.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 8:11 AM   #2
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Eysha - here's a good place to start.
http://ianperegian.com/My_FZ35_38_We...onverters.html

Using an LC55 lens for macros works pretty well. It increase the magnification. You will also need the adapter tube DMW-LA3. The adapter tube is also needed for the teleconverters mentioned above for the FZ38.

I like the LC55 for macros.

I just recently purchased a Sony A33 and have a Sigma 18-250 lens arriving today.
I want a camera that will have a bigger sensor than the FZ38 and work better under low light conditions. I also want the swivel LCD for bug hunting and macros.

A DSLR puts you into a whole new category. You're going from a single engine Piper Cub to a Lear Jet. More options and more money

Teleconverters work well up to a certain point and they are generally the cheapest way to get a little "closer" picture.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 8:32 AM   #3
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Read that site and it all went over my head so still lost. Hubby is looking to get me a Christmas present and cannot think of anything other than a DSLR camera or something to improve the FZ38 that i have now. Any suggestions? E
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If you like macros of flowers and such the LC55 with the extension tube adapter is a cheap way to improve close ups.

If you want to go to a DSLR camera - start thinking about $800 to $1000 just for the camera body. Then you need to decide on a lens - prime - macro - zoom???
Lenses for DSLR are often more expensive that the camera. Good ones costing from a few hundred dollars into the thousands.

You can also buy DSLR's with what they call "kit lens" - meaning they sell a camera body with a lens. The Sony A33 camera that I have came with a 18-50mm lens. It's an OK lens for just "general" pictures. Zoom is only about 3x.

Honestly - the more I read about DSLR's and lenses, the more confused I get because of the complexity and variety involved.

If you want to keep it a bit more simple then I'd suggest staying with the FZ38 or something similar.
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I agree that the FZ38, or similar, is easier to carry around as the extra lenses for the DSLR's add bulk and weight, which i don't want. My preference would be to get a good lens for macros and a lens for distance that way i can get close ups and, hopefully, shots of birds inflight/good wildlife shots. they are my main interest, close and long. E
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Many folks like the LC55 for close ups and the TCON-17 for a teleconverter.

Both use the same LA3 adapter.

There are many examples of both on this site.
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so would those two lenses' get what i am looking for in close ups and long distances? where are the examples, i couldn't find any. would buying those senses be better than buying a DSLR do you think?
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so would those two lenses' get what i am looking for in close ups and long distances? where are the examples, i couldn't find any. would buying those senses be better than buying a DSLR do you think?
It would be a lot cheaper to start there.

They will not be "gigantic" improvements over what the FZ38 can produce. But they will give you what I call "a bit better" improvements.

Look at Saly's recent postings - she has some great shots using the LC55.
Search for LTZ470's TCON17 postings.
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ok, thaanks.
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Here's one using a Nikon teleconverter - very similar to the TCON17.
The Nikon is much more expensive

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-55-combo.html



Here are some comparison shots

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...e-Compare.html
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