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Old Apr 17, 2005, 8:54 PM   #1
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[align=center]Panasonic DMC-FZ5 Modification
Utilizing a Raynox rt5264p aluminum tube adapter to get filters and converters closer to the FZ5 lens.[/align]



[align=left]WARNING: This procedure will permanently destroy the stock FZ5 lens hood adapter's ability to accept the stock lens hood. It will also remove the 55mm add-on lens threads on the inside of the adapter. If you plan on using the lens hood, DO NOT perform this operation. This procedure is not a necessity. It is only recommended for those who are interested in getting filters and converters as close as possible to the FZ5 extended lens and do not plan on using the supplied lens hood.[/align]
When attaching add-on lens to any camera it is best to get the rear optic of the add-on lens as close as possible to the camera lens. The Panasonic DMC-FZ5 stock plastic adapter is longer than necessary for most add-on filters and converter lens by about 6mm. Removing the front end portion of the adapter that accepts the lens hood will take care of that extra length. Doing so will also remove the 55mm female threads that receive add-on lens threads. New 52mm receiving threads can be obtained by sliding a Raynox rt5264p straight-cylinder aluminum tube adapter over the modified (sawed off) FZ5 adapter. This will put the rt5264p 52mm front threads very close to the fully extended FZ5 lens housing. The rt5264p fits tight enough on the FZ5 adapter to give assurance that it will stay there. The FZ5 adapter must be locked on the camera before sliding the Raynox adapter over it. Likewise, the Raynox adapter must be loosened or removed in order to unlock the FZ5 adapter from the camera. The fit is that tight.
WARNING: Do not permanently connect the rt5264p and the FZ5 adapter. Doing so will disable the lock/unlock mechanism and you will not be able to attach the modified adapter securely.

Below is a sequence of photos showing how the modification was carried out. A hacksaw was used to saw off the front end of the stock FZ5 plastic adapter carrying the lens hood connection channels. DO NOT remove the portion with the inverted = marks. That lip holds the locking mechanism in place.




[align=center]FZ5 adapter before modification. Notice how the adapter threads extend well beyond the FZ5 extended lens.[/align]



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[align=center]FZ5 adapter after removing the lens hood connecting channels along with interior 55mm threads. Notice the locking mechanism lip stays in place.[/align]



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[align=center]FZ5 modified adapter with aluminum Raynox rt5264p attached. Notice how the 52mm rt5264p threads are much closer to the FZ5 extended lens thus putting any add-on lens very close, but not touching, the FZ5 camera lens.[/align]



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[align=left]In the above photo the FZ5 extended lens is at full wide (1x zoom). As the FZ5 is zoomed in, the lens housing extends a total of about an additional 1mm so that at full 12x zoom the extension housing is almost flush with the front of the rt5264p, as shown below. Most threaded filters and converters are constructed such that the threads are on a lip that will fit in the space between the inside of the rt5264p and the outside of the FZ5 lens housing with enough clearance so that there is no danger of interference occurring. To be on the safe side, check and make sure that the necessary clearance is there for any filters or converters you will be using. If you will be using a step ring for any filter or converters, check for clearance there as well. Above all, use common sense.[/align]



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[align=left]The Raynox rt5264p is approximately $20. The Panasonic DMC-FZ5 lens hood adapter ( part # VYQ3388 )is approximately $13.[/align]



[align=left]Same info posted at http://www.ishots.net/fz5/modified_fz5_adapter.htm[/align]
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Old Apr 17, 2005, 10:21 PM   #2
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Very resourcefull Fred for an early adoptor looks good.
Is the adaptor to lens barrel bayonet secure (plastic)with all that weight.
I think Pana with the FZ5 have made it hard for a third party adaptor the FZ3 was a departure from the FZ1/10/15/20 (they all have a metal thread on removal of the trim ring very much better.
with the FZ3 and more so with the FZ5 they have adopted cost cutting measures, it appears to me the outer rear lens barrel is part of the main front body shell (cost cutting.
The lens bayonet on a SLR or DSLR is far more secure design.
If Pana go the same way with the FZ30 they are going to be very unpopular with upgraders.



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Old Apr 18, 2005, 3:54 AM   #3
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boyzo wrote:
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Very resourcefull Fred for an early adoptor looks good.
Is the adaptor to lens barrel bayonet secure (plastic)with all that weight.
I think Pana with the FZ5 have made it hard for a third party adaptor the FZ3 was a departure from the FZ1/10/15/20 (they all have a metal thread on removal of the trim ring very much better.
with the FZ3 and more so with the FZ5 they have adopted cost cutting measures, it appears to me the outer rear lens barrel is part of the main front body shell (cost cutting.
The lens bayonet on a SLR or DSLR is far more secure design.
If Pana go the same way with the FZ30 they are going to be very unpopular with upgraders.


Could this later attitude be that they will want the "upgraders" to consider the 4/3 by making the FZs more P&S?

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