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Old Jun 30, 2005, 12:10 AM   #1
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Although Raynox has no information regarding this lens on the FZ zooms, there seems to be enough interest to warrent a try out.

I placed an order for the HD7000 yesterday at 3:30PM, and received it today at 8:00pm. Don't ask?

First quick impressions:

It has substantial weight for its size 11 oz., while the Raynox DCR2020 weighs 9.8 oz. The HD7000 stands 32mm tall with a 82mm front thread and a 58mm rear. The shape of the front element precludes a direct filter attachment but the correct hood should work fine. It does not appear to vignette through the entire zoom. The Wcon 07 sells for about $135.00 and has a limited range 25.2 -32mm, beyond 32mm, it vignettes and the edges distort. I will test and post the results tomorrow at

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Old Jun 30, 2005, 11:12 PM   #2
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HD7000 for the FZ10, 15 and 20.
It has substantial weight for its size 11 oz., while the Raynox DCR2020 weighs 9.8 oz. The HD7000 stands 32mm tall with a 82mm front thread and a 58mm rear. It was too late last night. It can take filters and a hood. The Wcon 07 sells for about $130.00 and has a limited range 25.2 -32mm, beyond 32mm, it vignettes and the edges distort.



Raynox HD7000Pro average selling price: $148.00





Testing environment: Tripod mount with OIS off. ISO=50, F4.6, AP, and 1/400 average speed. Tested with a CRing adapter w/62-58CRing.



My opinion:

There still not a perfect wide-angle lens for the FZ10, 15 and 20. The Wcon07 produces sharp end-to-end pictures but does have a bit of distortion in the 23 – 32mm range.



The Good News:

This new HD7000 has no visible horizontal or vertical distortion, zero vignetting, and is usable from 23mm to 67mm

The Fair News:

From 23 – 29 the edges are soft, 29-67 sharp end-to-end, 67- 135mm soft edges, 135mm+ the quality declines rapidly.



This link will only work after tonight's system maintence.

http://lovelife.smugmug.com/search/index.mg?searchWords=hd7000%2007&searchType=In User&NickName=LoveLife

If you want to pick out the pictures now go here http://lovelife.smugmug.com/gallery/543892 they are the ones with a cloudy grey sky.
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