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Old May 15, 2005, 2:00 PM   #1
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The following is a refutation of the opinion thatthe raynox dcr6600 .66x wide angle converter cannot be used at higher zooms with satifactory results becausing of a general softening of the image quality as zoom is increased. It depends on the camera and/or the adapter. The shots below are with the fz5 and the dcr6600. There is no softening with added zoom. The adapter of the fz5 was modified to get the 6600 as close to the extended fz5 lens as possible. See Note below. For modification see http://www.ishots.net/fz5/modified_fz5_adapter.htm

fz5 + 6600 at 1x zoom

Original at http://www.artmags.com/fz5/6600zoom/P1030051.JPG;

fz5 + 6600 at 2.5x zoom

Original at http://www.artmags.com/fz5/6600zoom/P1030052.JPG;

fz5 + 6600 at 4.6x zoom

Original at http://www.artmags.com/fz5/6600zoom/P1030053.JPG;

fz5 + 6600 at 6.7x zoom

Original at http://www.artmags.com/fz5/6600zoom/P1030054.JPG;

fz5 + 6600 at 8.5x zoom

Original at http://www.artmags.com/fz5/6600zoom/P1030055.JPG;

Note: The fz5 lens extends slightly farther as zoom is increased. At about 10x the fz5 extension housing hits the base of the dcr6600 threads. No danger of damage occurring. The fz5 extension immediately stops upon meeting resistance and a message says to restart the camera.

See http://www.lensmateonline.com/Raynox6600corner.htm for some zoom comparisons with the Canon G3 and the dcr6600 showing actual increased clarity with increased zoom.


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Old May 16, 2005, 12:52 PM   #2
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FM I find this very interesting because i have the Raynox 6600 and it does as you say blur the edges when zoomed up. However I use the FZ20. Is this info pertainent to the 20 as well? Thanks. Bob (Robert Spencer)
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Well, Fred, with a little innovation, you got yourself a camera that has the same capabilities as that "GIANT" lens'd Sanyo... Excellent and highly resourceful! Do agree that "zoom through" is very convenient? What's great about the 6600 is that it 's the only wide that's wide enough to give you that dramatic exaggurated perspective. Great job. No vignetting either!



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Bob - I don't know about the fz20 and the 6600 but I'm interested in seeing some samples ofthe softening that occurs as zoom is increased.

Nick - The fz5 lens and the modified adapter setup seemed to be very compatible with the 6600. The zoom through is convenient. Will I use it much? Probably not. But maybe so. I'm thinking b&w. Either way, a wonderful wa lens!
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Bob - I don't know about the fz20 and the 6600 but I'm interested in seeing some samples of¬*the softening that occurs as zoom is increased.

Nick - The fz5 lens and the modified adapter setup seemed to be very compatible with the 6600.¬* The zoom through is convenient.¬* Will I use it much?¬* Probably not.¬* But maybe so.¬* I'm thinking b&w.¬* Either way, a wonderful wa lens!
Fred, where I really use it most is indoor candids and events. I find that I get better posed group shots since people aren't having to scrunch together. I also have enough zoom (more that enough) for candid close-ups, and if the light is good enough, the wide helps with hand-helds.
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Hey Fred, I remember your surreal laundry thread where you used a R72 and the 6600 with your FZ1v2. Have you tried using IR in your FZ5 or is that a rubric exclusive of the FZ1/2?
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Hey Fred, I remember your surreal laundry thread where you used a R72 and the 6600 with your FZ1v2. Have you tried using IR in your FZ5 or is that a rubric exclusive of the FZ1/2?
I took a couple of cursory ir shots with the fz5/r72 but as expected there isn't much you can do handheld. I haven't persued it any further with a tripod at longer shutter speeds but I'm not too hopeful of that either. See this link for some fz5/r72 comments http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=13508231


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