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Old Jul 30, 2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Hi all. I exploring the FZ40 and macro. I have the FZ28 and I have enjoyed it very much but I liked the idea of extra zoom with the FZ40 as well as some of the other features. Right now I don't know if the FZ40 is significantly better so I am here for a few tips from those who are using it.

Here is an image where I am clipping a Raynox 12x micro lens directly to the lens barrel. I have noticed that most suggest using the adapter to attach 55mm lens. Is there an advantage to that? This flower was really too big for the 12x and so I had to edit out some vignetting. I did some minor editing of color/level/gamut/slight crop to the right of flower.
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 12:38 PM   #2
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Very beautiful image! Very nice DOF.

The main problem with attaching a lens directly to the barrel is, you can stress it from the extra weight. The zoom/focus motor is not designed to handle additional weight. This is one of the most common ways to kill an FZ, either by adding weight or getting debris between the barrel and camera body.
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Thank you!

Thanks for the pointer. I think I might have ended up stressing my FZ28 a bit for that reason. Hm.. I am wondering too if having it directly on the barrel can have impact on the image stabilization? I am having a "duh" moment here...

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Not sure if the weight would effect the image stabilization, as it's the lens element that moves to correct for 'shake'.

But, you NEED to buy the DMW-LA5, Google or check out Amazon, there are good prices on genuine Panasonic accessories out there, mine is marked LA5E.
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Also, when you do fit the LA5 onto the FZ40/45 you don't have to turn on the converter lens option in the menu.

If you do turn Close-up on, it assumes you fitted the LC55 close-up lens and presets the zoom so you don't get the vignetting, also it turns off the flash.
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I have a query in this regard too. I agree with debris thing, won't the adapter add to the weight the motor is pulling?
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 6:29 PM   #7
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No, the adapter screws into the body of the camera, and not the lens.

The close up lens is stationary and the lens moves inside the adapter tube.
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