Customer Reviews: Panasonic DMW-LMC52 52mm Protection Filter for Panasonic Digital Camera
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on February 23, 2013
One fault of the Lumix DMC-FZ200 is that the lens is right at the end of the lens barrel where it is very exposed and vulnerable. This protective filter does not change the image in any way and, although more expensive than most after-market filters, it has no distortion and is certainly much less expensive to replace than a damaged lens. I like that it fits well on the camera, it has external threads which allows one to attach more 52mm filters if desired, and the lens cap still fits perfectly.
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on March 5, 2014
I am writing this review to try to save some brand new Lumix FZ or Micro 4/3 camera owners $20 or more and I'm urging you to ignore the many 5-stars reviews for this product because they are doing nothing more than rating how it works. I won't dispute their claims that this product works perfectly well, but they are all failing to address the other essential component of a good review - the product's value. Reviews should address not just a product's worth, but its worth relative to other competitor's products. One of those comparators should be price relative to features. This clear glass lens cover is extremely expensive for what it is - a clear piece of glass with a filter thread wrapped around it.

It really seems like most, if not all, of these 5/5 reviews are written by people with no experience with photography beyond basic point-and-shoot cameras who decided to go for a big step up from a pocket camera and bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ series super-zoom or a Micro 4/3 interchangeable lens camera, then saw this product under their camera manual's accessory list, and bought it without understanding that they were not restricted to buying Lumix branded lens accessories. Buying this Panasonic protective filter is akin to obeying the language in your brand new lawn mower's manual that says you should only use Briggs & Stratton or Honda oil, which will cost twice as much for a tiny bottle as a full quart bottle of equivalent weight (and exactly equivalent) Pennzoil or Quaker State would cost you.

Folks, your FZ200, FZ150, G5, GF6, etc... has 52mm threads at the end of your lens barrel (for other older models, check your user's manual - some might be 58mm) for accepting screw-on lens filters, just like a DSLR and like a 35mm film SLR in prior years. 52mm is a common, standard size for filters and there is absolutely no reason on earth to spend $30 on a Panasonic clear glass protective filter (actually over $37 with shipping) when practically any 52mm filter would fit and any decent quality one will do the job just as well and most cost less than $30. Plus, you could get added photographic benefit by getting an actual filter as opposed to just clear glass. For all-around use, get a UV filter, which cuts down slightly on haze, both indoors and outdoors but won't alter color or light (UV filters had much more of an impact on film cameras than digital ones, though). If you shoot primarily outdoors, think about getting a polarizing filter, which will darken skies, provide greater contrasts for clouds, and minimize reflections, particularly off water and windows. Both types of filters will protect your lens against scratches and impacts just as well as this $30 clear filter, plus they can actually make your photos better.

I'll post a link in a comment (Amazon won't allow exterior links in review bodies) to Wikipedia's page on polarizing filters that has sample photos that show the difference such a filter can make.

Look for a multi-coated filter to reduce the flare. Tiffen and Hoya filters are probably two of the more popular brands and I've used their products since before the age of digital cameras, but a quick look through the reviews here reveals that AGFA 52mm filters at around $7-11 each are getting extremely good reviews and several people have commented that the $14 Sigma filters are better than ones costing more than double.

The bottom line is that most people considering this product would be better off ignoring the 5/5 reviews and spending half or one-third as much and getting a non-Panasonic 52mm UV filter instead, or even buying several filters or a 3-filter pack for less money. A decent quality non-Panasonic filter will work every bit as well as this Panasonic one and will even accept your Lumix lens cap (my old Lumix DMC G2's cap fit both Tiffen and Hoya filters).

EDIT: since writing this review, I bought a Lumix FZ200 and when I pulled out my old Tiffen 52mm UV filter that I kept when I sold my Lumix G2, I saw that it had a few spots on it that just weren't wiping completely clean, so I ordered the AGFA 52mm UV filter from Amazon for $6.99. It screwed on just fine and I detect no difference at all in image quality between photos taken with the AGFA filter or with no filter. My FZ200's lens cap fits it, too, no differently than with no filter on. So factoring in shipping (I'm a Prime member so shipping on the AGFA filter was free) I paid 20% of the cost of this Panasonic clear lens cover with shipping and got something that is at least equal in quality. For the money I saved, I can nearly buy a decent 64gb memory card.
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on January 17, 2008
This little gem is a necessity to protect the lens of my digital camera. It works fine, no distortion of color change. I recommend it for anyone who wants to protect their camera lens. Just be sure you get the right size. I had to send the first one back because it was the wrong size. Check and double check before ordering.
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on February 9, 2012
Bought this for my lumix fz150. Worked perfectly just screw in. In the picture it looks bulky but it's ver slim profile. I looked on eBay and found Hoya hd filter for 21 but still bought this because it matches the camera. The pictures are coming excellent with no degradation in quality. I will keep it all the time to protect lens as I paid boat loos of money. I feel this is overpriced in my opinion . I also bought a meking filter for 1.73 but panny name costed me twenty times, these name brand filters are overpriced no matter u buy. But amazon is really competitive.
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on December 24, 2013
Most filters are of little value in digital cameras, as most filters are part of the sensor / processor array. A non-multicoated protective lens destroys light transmission.

This protective lens screws on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 instantly, with no adapter needed. The lens cap still fits as before. It is multicoated, so it does not change light transmission noticeably: the additional light loss of 1/2 of 1% per multi-coated surface is negligible, just as it is with other optics.

It does nothing other than protect the lens of your camera: and that's a good thing.
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VINE VOICEon December 4, 2010
The protection filter really isn't a filter. Although it seems to be very good quality, it doesn't filter anything. I certainly won't deduct any stars because it is used for exactly what is stated, protection.

In retrospect, I should have ordered a Haze or UV Filter which will protect the camera lense while also providing additional benefits and actually improving outdoor picture quality. If you will be taking mostly inside shots, this is the perfect accessory to protect your lens as it will do nothing to add to or detract from your images.
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on September 5, 2013
I always buy the protection filter for my Panasonic cameras. Always makes me feel better about protection for my camera lens. Found out recently just how much. At a family birthday party one of children got hold of & dropped my camera on tile. It was hit hard at corner of lens.
This lens glass was shaddered. But best of all it saved my main lens from damage. Proof in the pudding as they say. I will never not have one of these on a camera of mine.
Importantly does not effect pictures negatively. Gives a small amount of sun protection. Ha, I bought two replacements. Just in case. These do take many weeks to arrive btw.
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on December 28, 2013
The Panasonic DMC FZ200's lens is very open and close to the "action," so I invested in this protection filter. It fits perfectly, there is no distortion of the photographs I have taken with it on my camera and I am very happy I purchased this little piece of peace of mind.
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on September 15, 2011
I must have in the world of protection filters. It screws on the front of the fz100. It is compatible with the lens hood as well as the lens cover. It has a thread built in, so you can attach a filter on top of this one. You never need to take it off because the picture quality is the same. I have had it on since I opened the packaging. It also comes with a really nice hard plastic case with lots of padding. I wish the would sell the case so I can get more for my other filters!!!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 8, 2013
For me this is a no brainer for a number of reasons. Even under most warranties cracked lenses aren't covered and if they are the cost can be crushing. As an example even under warrantee my Panasonic HMC40 Pro Video Cam would cost 1200-1600 bucks to replace the lens - that's half the of cost of the camera.

So if unfortunately you bang your camera it's better the filter is shattered or scratched and not your lens.

Recently I bought Panny Lumix FZ200 which is a surprisingly outstanding camera - winning Cnet's coveted Best Bet Award for a Bridge Cameras. Along with the camera the next item I added to my cart was the Panny protection filter. Of course there are no shortage of cheaper filters but both the glass and build quality are sub par.

All glass has inclusions and the cheaper the glass - the more inclusions. These filters may offer some protection but they'll muck up your images especially at high resolution. As for the Panasonic DMW - LMC52 the metal is beautifully machined, screws in effortlessly and stays put. More important is that the glass is pristine as you're going to find so no worries about cheap construction and inclusion riddled glass.

The filter arrived in it's full sealed retail packaging, encased in a sturdy foam interior hard clear clamshell case. With Prime membership it arrived in 48 hours - shipped free and well protected.

Highly Recommended
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