Thom@s
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Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:15 pm

So, to live up to the title, here is my question:

I have a Panasonic FZ20. This has a 12x zoom Leica lens built into it, which is nice for when objects are a bit in the distance. But in order to get a nice photo of a plane trailing contrails over the sky, I find that 12x zoom is rarely enough.

Therefore, is it possible to purchase another lens to go on this camera, which would enable me to take better close up photos of objects far in the distance? Or would it be like taking photos through a pair of binoculars...?

Advice is much appreciated.

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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:19 pm

Thom@s,

You can get extension lenses for P&S cameras. However they usually degrade image quality quite a bit. I find that sometimes shots from my 1dmkii/100-400 with a 1.4x convertor arn't up to anet standards.

To be honest the money would probably be better spent put towards a DSLR.

The panasonic FZ20 is a great little camera tho, a friend of mine has the Leica equivilent and it is beautiful!

Chris
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oly720man
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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:46 pm

With extension lenses you get what you pay for, and with the cheaper lenses it's not always good quality. Panasonic do make an extension lens (1.5x) for the FZ 20, but it's around US$500 on their website and other retailers.

A test review of it here

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...10/Converters/Lenses/Pana-15X.html

Raynox do a 2.2x lens, along with a variety of others,
http://www.raynox.co.jp/english/dcr/dcr2020pro/index.htm
that can be fitted to many cameras if you get the right adapter.

This is around $200.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Raynox-DCR-2020-...sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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Thom@s
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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:00 pm

Oly720man, that one in the bottom link looked smashing. 920mm should come in handy for spotting contrails.  Smile

Price is nice too, although I couldn't afford it at the moment. Not sure how good of an idea it is to purchase stuff from ebay either...

Thanks for the help though.  Smile

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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:20 pm

They seem quite expensive. I recall that accessories for the Canon P&S I had were pretty pricey too. Maybe as Chris says, try and save up for a nice DSLR.


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oly720man
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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:26 pm

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 3):
920mm should come in handy for spotting contrails.

.......along with a very steady hand and high shutter speed.

I contemplated taking this route for my Olympus 720, but then went for the EOS300 to use with the lenses I already had from my Canon 35mm cameras.

These attachments seem quite popular among the bird photography crowd but I don't recall seeing any reports from plane photographers.
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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:57 am

Thomas

You need to step into the World of DSLR and interchangeable lenses  Smile

Come visit Aberdeen with a credit card and I will take you around the stores then go for some photography afterwards.

I hope you still have my Dash 8 image on your wall  Smile

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RE: Stupid Question About Digi Camera And Lenses.

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:45 pm

Quoting Granite (Reply 6):
Come visit Aberdeen with a credit card and I will take you around the stores then go for some photography afterwards.

Hehe, I'll think about it.

Quoting Granite (Reply 6):
I hope you still have my Dash 8 image on your wall

Yeeeaaaah... see, the thing about that is... Hehe, I've moved out, but a lot of my stuff is still at "home", so I'm afraid it's probably in a box somewhere.
Will put it up once I'm settled in a permanent appartment. (If I can find the box it's in)

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