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Old Jun 16, 2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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I have an FZ5 that is a few months old; I bought a nice Hoya SMC UV filter for it a couple of weeks ago. Problem: the Hoya only has 1 1/2 or 2 full threads on it, and the way the stock lens adapter works, it literally is held on by less the 1/4 of a thread. If I tighten it more, it pops itself out. When it was "optimally tight" I could turn it 1/4 turn counterclockwise, and it would release. Definately did not want to put a teleconverter on top of the Hoya, it would not hold it on. Once or twice my lens cap has caused it to pop off; only the lens cap and cord kept it from hitting the ground

To "hedge my bet" I ordered a new lens adapter from Panasonic ($14). When it came, I checked it and the Hoya still just barely held on.

So I took some 100 grit sandpaper, put it on my desk, and started sanding down one of the adapters, using orbital movement, and rotating the adapter about 1/4 turn every 10 or 12 orbits to avoid high spots. Process takes about 5 minutes.

When I was done, the Hoya actually screws in 1 1/2 turns, and when removing it from the adapter it doesn't release until it has been turned about 1 1/4 revolutions. I think it can hande a teleconverter now!

Oh yeah, the sunshade still attaches and works just fine, and there is no interference with the UV filter at full 12x zoom.

thanks Fred!
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