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Old Apr 22, 2006, 6:13 AM   #1
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My FZ-30 is on the way mailing to me.
I want to buy a polarizer/ND8 filter/UV filter package from Ebay.
Anyone have bought such packege from Ebay before and know any good seller?

Thanks!
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 9:41 AM   #2
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If you are in the USA ..I would look here.... You should include your general location in your profile.

http://www.2filter.com/prices/catalog.html



While you can find good prices on used lenses and filters on Ebay it seems to me for new stuff they are all overpriced or not good quality....

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Old Apr 22, 2006, 4:24 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Yes, ebay isn't the only place I am looking.
Just trying to find any store or online store with good price.
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 4:46 PM   #4
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That link for 2 filters is a good place for filters and if you are interested in decent filters add them to your cart, the price is usually less than than what is listed,,,I almost always buy Hoya filters and the discount is pretty good.

For instance if you put a 55mm ND8filter in your cart the price changes from $22.36 to 18.00
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Old Apr 22, 2006, 11:28 PM   #5
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I see, that's good to hear it.

BTW, what exactly does a ND8 filter do?

So, other than UV, Polarize, and ND8 filter, what else should I get?

And what Wide Angle lens do you recommend?
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Old May 11, 2006, 1:51 AM   #6
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Hi Misbehave,

I've just been in contact with JKConsultants re FZ30 Wide Angle and Telephoto converter lenses, adapter rings, etc.

I bought my FZ30 last month and from reading the forums over the past year or so, have found this man's advice invaluable.

He's a photographer, with an eBay store page, at:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...y=50508&fkxs=1

His prices seem to be very competitive and fair. I'm hoping to give him an order soon, for an Olympus WCON-07 and a TCON-17, plus some adapter rings, etc.

Take a look at his page and email him if you have questions.

Worth the time.

Good Luck, Penticton
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Old May 11, 2006, 1:27 PM   #7
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Congratulations on the FZ30!

I'll second Gene's recommendation for 2filters.com... good price and prompt service.


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I see, that's good to hear it.
BTW, what exactly does a ND8 filter do?
The ND8 is, I believe, a Neutral Density Filter that lowers the overall lighting to the sensor for a 3-step exposure change when shooting bright scenes.

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So, other than UV, Polarize, and ND8 filter, what else should I get?
For my part, the filters are not a 'need-to-have' item just starting out, per se, as its more important to start learning how to use the powerful features and capabilities of the camera, first. As you progress, adding on additional filters and lenses will follow once you understand how each enhances the camera's inherent capabilities! Read up onthe articles of photo taking at http://www.photo.net/learn/


UV filters are generally not needed unless you're shooting at very high elevations where there is more UV light due to less atmosphere. Most of us use the UV(O) filter attached to the lens more for camera lens protection and, in the case of the FZ5, to facilitate a better auxillary lens attachment to its deeper metal threads than the shallow plastic threads on its adapter. I purchased the Hoya Super HMC UV(O) from 2filters.com.

Polarizing filters are useful in bright sun light scenes when shooting at an angle to the sun. The lens' rotating bezel usually has a white spot marked on the outer ring that is dialed to point to the sun's position for maximum polarizing effects. This minimizes the scattered reflected light from entering the lens. Think of its use just as one would wear polarized sunglasses to cut down on the reflected glare.

For my part, additional equipment items that I've found useful/needed are:

At least one spare battery - its a pain to be miles from the car and have a battery run down and still have space on the memory card!

I carry 1 - 512MB and 2 - 1GB 80X SD memory cards as I take a lot of BIF/Raptors and shoot in High Speed Burst sequences so 1,000+ photos in a day are not unusual.

A $10-15 USB 2.0 Card Reader to speed up transfers of images to the PC

If Macro is of interest, a good quality set of closeup lens

Imaging software programs. The FZ30 comes with a fair set of software. One can also get a good and free imaging software called Picasa2 (http://picasa.google.com/) that gives you both a goodimage organizersystem and some powerful basic image enhancement features. A good and free noise reduction software that will come in handy is Neat Image (http://www.neatimage.com/) There are other alternatives out there as well.

For posting photos on forums, you'llneed to register at a web hosting site. There are free ones such as: http://www.photobucket.com/http://iciclelanding.comhttp://tinypic.com/or there are paid subscription sites such as http://www.smugmug.com/

All of these and other sites have their pros and cons. To start with, you might want to try one of the free sites. The paid sites are much better as you generate your collection of good-great images.

Other items as you become more experienced might include...

A medium - good quality tripod (I also picked up a good Bogen-ManfrottoMonopod for those times where a tripod is not handy/allowed)

If you get hooked on BIF (Birds-In-Flight) and/or Birds/distant wildlife, a good teleconverter such as the Oly TCON-17 or the better, more expensive Nikon would be recommended (See below for site comparison). Keep in mind that your FZ30 offers Extended Optical Zoom (an in-camera crop - not a digital zoom).

Another BIF 'must-have' would be a RDS (Red Dot Sight) sighting scope that will greatly increase you ability for panning and tracking moving subjects and getting them within the framed image most of the time. (This is like a scope on a rifle for aiming but its not a projected laser beam)

One of the most important things to "Get" is patience! The FZ30 is the best super zoom digi out there but it's capabilities are such that you will have to learn how to use/employ them for any given situation. Post on the forums often and include the camera setting information (EXIF) when asking how/why an image isn't as good as you had hoped it would be. Remember, failed attempts are the dues called experience and we have free film replacements via the Delete button!

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And what Wide Angle lens do you recommend?
For add on lens, CK's site is probably the best for reviewing and comparisons...

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam/User-Guide/FZ-30/
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Thanks for the info!
I will check into his listing for wide angle lens for sure.


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Hi Misbehave,

I've just been in contact with JKConsultants re FZ30 Wide Angle and Telephoto converter lenses, adapter rings, etc.

I bought my FZ30 last month and from reading the forums over the past year or so, have found this man's advice invaluable.

He's a photographer, with an eBay store page, at:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...508&fkxs=1

His prices seem to be very competitive and fair. I'm hoping to give him an order soon, for an Olympus WCON-07 and a TCON-17, plus some adapter rings, etc.

Take a look at his page and email him if you have questions.

Worth the time.

Good Luck, Penticton
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Old May 11, 2006, 9:06 PM   #9
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Wow! Thanks Telecorder!
You basically answered all the questions I have in mind.:?
Thanks for the link to the 2 web sites. That's just what I need now.

For the Polarizing filters, the one I have doesn't have that white dot you mentioned on it. It does have a rim for you to turn though. How would I determine how much I should turn to get the best results?

Thanks again for such an informative reply.
Appreciated!
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For the Polarizing filters, the one I have doesn't have that white dot you mentioned on it. It does have a rim for you to turn though. How would I determine how much I should turn to get the best results?
If no white dot, look for a mark or ridge of some kind. Lacking any identifying mark/marking, one could sight through the filter with one's shoulder pointed at the sun. Rotate the bezel and when the maximum effect is noticed, put a dot of white paint or such at a point on the bezel that is aimed at the sun's current position for a reference mark.

Alternatively, one could sight through the filter wearing polarized sunglasses; I believe a mark can be established at the top of the bezel when the point where the filter becomes opaque, fully blocking the light, is reached but...

Others may have a better insight on this last approach as I'm not positive if my indications are fully correct...
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