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Old Nov 24, 2004, 7:04 PM   #61
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Great company to order the Hoya Pro 1 filter from. I got the same filter from the same company and vouch for them.

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Old Nov 25, 2004, 2:45 PM   #62
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Rezajune,

I just thought I would let you know that I did get in touch with Rong Jin. Apparently my work email was blocking his replys. Any way all is well. I ordered his 62mm B+W MRC UV Haze filter and several of the lense caps w/tethers. Did you compare the Hoya uv filter with the B+W? Any huge differences? Also, do you have any info on Tele converters? Specifically the Raynox DCR 2020 Pro?

Thanks again for all of your informative posts.

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Old Nov 29, 2004, 12:19 PM   #63
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I've just purchased the FZ20 and am lookinjg for a polarizing lens and a UV lens. Inoticed in your response, you said to get a linear polarizer. Is there a reason? I've always used circular polarizers so that I could adjust the effects when I rotated the camera for different views. Am I missing something?

I would also appreciate more info on the adaptors. Do I really need a different one from the Panasonic? I only basically use 3 filters: ND, UV and Polarizer. You recommend the Phayee, which seems to only come from China. Is there a rerason?

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Old Nov 30, 2004, 2:10 AM   #64
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Whats up Smac. I believe that only the High End line of the Hoya filter are similar to the B&W filters. I did compare the two and found them very similar in specs. Most likely I will never be able to tell the difference.

I have heard good things about the DCR 2020Pro and some bad things. The Bad things that I heard is that it is too light of a teleconverter in order to have high quality lenses inside of it, so therefore it must be made out of plastic. Like I said I only heard of this and I think someobody talked about it in this forum.

I am having a custom extra long 72mm tube made for me by Ron Jin to accommodate my Olympus B300 so i can still have a teleconverted with a hood and also I would be holding on the tube rather than the teleconverter. I will have images soon for you guys to check out my new teleconverter setup with my Sunpak 544 soon.

Let me know if you guys have any more questions.



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Old Nov 30, 2004, 11:15 AM   #65
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I am awaiting arrival of my FZ20 and have been following the forum about the adapters. How critical is it to switch to the Phayee or other converters, in your opinion? I will be using a circular polarizer primarily, which I haven't purchased as yet and a UV filter to protect the lens. With that in mind, is it necessary to "upgrade" the adapter?

I also noticed that you recommended to one member that he purchase a linear polarizer. Is a circular one not necessary on the FZ20? When I rotate the camera for a different angle I like the ability to maneuver the polarizer.

Finally, I have a Nikon Speedlight SB-25 flash unit. Do you know if that will work with the FZ20?

You seem to be knowledgeable and I'd appreciate your input.

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Old Dec 2, 2004, 1:36 AM   #66
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Rezajune,
I got my FZ20 1 month back and using the original adapter and 72mm Hoya UV Filter just to protect the lens.
However, during the night using Flash. There always a black shade (something like a semi circle) at the bottom of the picture. I can figure out is due to the original adapter.

I had follow this forum closely and will be going to order the Phayee adapter + Hoya UV filter. But before that I got 2 questions :

1. Will the Phayee adapter solve the semi circle problem ?
2. Is the lens shade important for day time photography ? Can I use back the original lens shade with Phayee adapater ?

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Old Dec 2, 2004, 2:14 PM   #67
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Finally I have pics for everybody.

Here is my setup.

I have a centering plate attached at all times. Originally I
made this from the plans that you can find here,...http://www.pbase.com/10kzoomfz/image/34710649

The centering plate is meant for finding the correct nodal points for panoramic picture taking. Since I am getting this Nodal Ninja panoramic head from Nick
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...t=Nodal+Ninja+
I won't be using is for such a purpose but instead I found that it serves better as a battery and quick lock holder while one can STILL ACCESS THE SD and BATTERY COMPARTMENT.

I also have pics here of the Sunpak 544 which is a great flash at around 80$ ebay or $150 new. Nothing is going to make the shadow go away because the lens is in the way, so one must get a flash like the sunpak 544 or bounce whatever flash on the camera do make the shadow disappear.

This setup makes the camera feel very solid because one can get a great grip by holding on to the DSP 9000 which some are complaing about the handling of it.

Please let me know if you guys have any questions.

Sorry I only made 1 centering plate for myself. A friend owed me a favor and would only make one for me.

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Picture of Centering Nodal Plate and FZ10




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Old Dec 4, 2004, 9:38 PM   #69
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Plate with quick-lock and DSP 9000
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Another View of Quick-lock, Centering Plate and DSP 9000
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