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Old Jan 30, 2006, 9:02 PM   #1
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I did a search and read many of the posts, but no really said who was best. I read this link: http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/and the ones I thought would be best were not. I kinda like the Olympus WCON-08B. What do you think?Can anybody point me into the right direction? I would like to order a wide angle lens within the next couple of days, so ANY help you guys can give would be great...

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The wcon08 works fine. It just isn't wide enough to bother with IMO. CK didn't include the 55mm Schneider .7x and that may be the best for the fz30. $102.50 here. The Raynox hd6600-55 .66x is another; $100 here.
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Old Jan 30, 2006, 9:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply fmoore......I'll check into the Schneider lens. Do you use this lens? If not, have you seen pictures using this lens?
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Why would you say the Schneider may be the best? Just curious
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Old Jan 30, 2006, 9:39 PM   #5
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Why would you say the Schneider may be the best? Just curious
I haven't seen a definitve comparison between the Schneider and the Raynox. I was hoping CK would do it but that hasn't happended. From the few samples we have, the HD6600 seems to be soft on the edges with the FZ30. See http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=16964041 I seem to recall a post showing the Schneider clean to the edges with the FZ30 but I can't come up with it. If you would be so kind as to get the Schneider and report your findings along with samples, we would be most appreciative.


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Cwood and Fred,

The post on the Schneider is here --> http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...angle+0.7+lens

It starts out with the wcon-8 and then goes to the Schneider. The samples are with an FZ5 but I would think results would be similar with the 30.

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This is the dilemma I was in, which WA lens to go with. It seems Olympus, Raynox and now the Schneider lens are the choices. I see some of the blurring with the Raynox, which is too bad because it was the front runner up until now.

Now I have to see which ones are available in Canada. And to see if you can mount a cir-pol filter on the end of any of them, since I will probably be picking one of those up, instead of a UV one (another debate I know!)
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Brett - Thanks for the link. Just to clarify: The Schneider .7x was on the FZ5 at that post and it works very well indeed. I can't recall seeing samples of it used on the fz30. The raynox 6600 also works great on the fz5 but appears to be a little soft on the edges with the fz30, which causes one to wonder how the Schneider will do on the fz30.

For the record: The Olympus wcon07 .7x has been shown to have a soft spot in the very center with the fz30. I does appear to do okay with the fz5.
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Cwood,

Before you take fmoore's pronouncement on WCON-08 as "gospel", I suggest you check out my thread where I tested it on my new FZ30.:idea:

Go here to see the comparisons:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=23

I did not move in my stance with the WCON-08 but I got about one more bridge section in width with it! That = 50% wider in my layman's eyes! Grins...

I LOVE the WCON-08 on my FZ30. At full wide even with 55mm UV filter + 55-62 stepup ring I have no vignette.
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