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Old Mar 25, 2006, 10:43 AM   #1
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Has anyone any hands-on experience of the Panasonic DMW-LW55 Wide Angle Converter on the FZ30? I understand this goes out to 24mm (35mm equivalent) and screws straight onto the lens without an adapter. Specifically how is the linear distortion and vignetting and is the image quality acceptable? I have seen other brands discussed here such as Raynox and Olympus so how do they compare for image quality and value? Any input much appreciated. Bruce
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 6:28 AM   #2
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See here:http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=23

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 2:48 PM   #3
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Hi Shene: Thanks for the links... very useful. Strange that nobody seems to be using the DMW-LW55 - presumably because of its prohibitive price or it's simply not very good. Bruce
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Old Mar 28, 2006, 12:28 AM   #4
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Hi Shene: Thanks for the links... very useful. Strange that nobody seems to be using the DMW-LW55 - presumably because of its prohibitive price or it's simply not very good. Bruce
It is more likely due to its price rather than its quality. The LW55 is perhaps the best 0.7X class (and perhaps 0.66x class included) wide angle converter for FZ-30.

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It's not so much the price for me as I CAN'T FIND ONE. I haven't looked in a while but the only place I could find one online was a Japanese ebay listing. Panasonic doesn't list them on their own site for order. Rediculous.
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Old Mar 28, 2006, 11:36 AM   #6
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The DMW-LW55 is listed on the UK Panasonic website at £385.99 (US$675.00)... yeah right... backordered until May. But it's also listed as in stock at ukdigital.co.uk and fotosense.co.uk at around £140.00 (US$245.00). The cheapest I've seen it online in the UK is around £115.00 (US$200.00). The question is... is it any good?
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