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Hello, I have a Panasonic DMC FZ 30,& wondered if anyone knows if it is possible to buy a close up lens to screw in to the 55mm lens thread or if there is a macro attachment I could buy.
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raynox do a couple of really good clip-on macro lenses, i used a DCR 250 for a long time with my fuji(55mm filter thread) and got some superb results. depth of field isnt brilliant with these, but there cheap enough to give it a try.
Many thanks Simon for your quick reply, I'm afraid I don't know the name Raynox would you perhaps know of a stockist for this.
Raynox website: raynox.co.jp
They have a number to call in the UK for orders too.
Raynox are only one of several makers including Canon, Nikon and Kood. Check out www.srbfilm.co.uk but any photo store should be able to get them for you.
Lack of depth of field comes with getting close to the subject however you achieve it. If possible use f/11 in manual or aperture priority for this type of photography.
With a long-zoom pro-sumer the close-up lens permits you to use the full zoom range and rather than getting closer to the subject at wide-angle, where a CU lens doesn't help very much, the important aspect is that it permits you to use the narrow angle of full zoom to get a tight framing.
At full zoom your camera lens cannot focus closer that about 2 metres. The CU lens depending on it's power enables you to come closer. I have a 2 dioptre which brings me in to about 13 inches and gives me a subject area of about 35mm across. I have the FZ30 myself.
To 'play around' you can use any magnifying glass but for best quality get the multi-element lens by the top producers, which of course cost! Depending on your needs you may not notice much difference between the cheaper and the expensive. Soft edges to edges of shot etc.
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