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Old 01-01-2009, 11:20 PM
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I am researching a good telephoto lens for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18. I have found a company that seems to offer alot of different lenses for my camera, but I would like the best quality (after all, I do buy Festools too). Here is a link Raynox conversion lens and accessories for Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28, DMC-FZ28EB, DMC-FZ18, DMC-FZ18EB Digital Cameras

I was wondering if this is good brand, or if there was a better one. Also if I am refered to a different brand, I would need to know if it would fit on my camera. I have purchased the original Panasonic DMW-LA3 Lens Adapter which was required for the Raynox brand, and I would still need to get the Raynox adapter too (if I read that right). Thanks again for helping a newbie out.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:02 PM
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I have used a Raynox several years ago while I was still shooting with a compact Fuji S5000. It was an adequate lens and gave good photos for the format, but they got a little blurry if I blew thm up to 11x14 or larger. Some of that was due to the lower pixels of the camera.

Read the cautions at the bottom of the linked page. I found vignetting and loss of exposure range in low light were the biggest limitations. The only cure for me was the slippery slope of DSLRs by Nikon.

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Old 01-02-2009, 05:35 PM
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I hope to go to DSLR later. I'd like to get a little more zoom so I can get pictures of the kids when they don't realize I'm taking pictures. I like to get their real laughs, and smiles when they are playing, not the "posed" smiles. I don't mind investing in stuff that I could use when I transition to a DSLR like a nice tri-pod. Panasonic makes a 1.7x telephoto lense that might hold me over, but I seen this Raynox line that had several attatchments for the lense, so I thought I would see if they was a decent product.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:35 AM
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Rob,

I looked at Raynox lens for my Canon video camera. When I looked at the reviews, Raynox was rated as a decent lens. But not as good as the native Canon lenses.

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:03 AM
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That helps Dan. I might stick with the native 1.7 telephoto Panasonic lense.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:00 AM
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Rob,

If both are available locally, that would be best. If not AND you can get something like a 30 day return policy, you might want to try both. Then just return the one that doesn't fit your needs.

One point on this... Be sure to find a reputable retailer. There are some retailers out there that play fast and loose, especially some online retailers.

IMO, B&H are among the most reputable retailers out there. They may not have the lowest price, but they have a good return policy: B&H Photo Video Return & Exchange.

Raynox: raynox | B&H Photo Video.

Panasonic: 1.7 telephoto Panasonic lens | B&H Photo Video

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:42 AM
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Thanks Dan. I did an internet search of local camera shops, and Yellow book put me at having one two states away, in Tenn.! I'll keep lookin. I have visited B&H, and they have a lot of nice stuff there.
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