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Panasonic DMW-LT55 55mm Tele Conversion Lens for Panasonic FZ7, FZ30, FZ18, and FZ50 Digital Cameras

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  • Telephoto conversion lens for Panasonic ultra-zoom camera
  • 1.7x magnification level extends 12x zoom up to 20.4x
  • Produces remarkably clear, expressive shots of distance objects
  • Supports Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 and DMC-FZ7 cameras
  • Measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long; 1-year warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.2 x 3.1 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000F6Y686
  • Item model number: DMW-LT55
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

Tele 1.7x optical conversion lens for Panasonic DMC-FZ7 and DMC-FZ30 digital cameras

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Boost the zoom level in your Panasonic ultra-zoom camera with the DMW-LT55 telephoto conversion lens. Offering a magnification of 1.7x with f/3.7 brightness, the lens extends your 12x zoom to 20.4x, with a maximum focal length of 714mm (35mm equivalent). The result is remarkably clear, expressive shots of distance objects, making it great for wildlife close-ups. Compatible with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 and DMC-FZ7, the lens measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long. It also carries a one-year warranty.

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Contrast is excellent.
Jerry Saperstein
Ive actually taken a few pics by hand at aircraft flying by.
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Sort of like looking down a spyglass.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2006
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Conversion lenses have always had a poor reputation. Typically generalizations like fuzzy, corner falloff and so on. The Panasonic DMW-LT55 Tele Conversion Lens appears to be the exception. Mounted on a Lumix FZ50, it produces images that are sharper than expected. Not as sharp as those that would be produced by a Nikkor or Canon, but sharp and detailed enough.

There is no noticeable falloff at the edges or corners. No vignetting either. Contrast is excellent.

On the FZ50, the LT55 can be used handheld with the camera's Optical Image Stabilization system activated. That is, frankly, astonishing.

A neat trick on the FZ50 is being able to reduce the resolution of the image from 10 megapixels down to 3 megapixels (just using the center of the sensor) and effectively increasing the power of the tele converter to that of a 1,137 mm lens. The images aren't bad.

The converter is lighweight and easily attached to the FZ50. Any filter on the lens must be removed first. No adapter is required.

Overall, the FZ50 is a nice knockaround and travel camera. It's light, has an incredible 12x Leica design approved lens, a 10 Megapixel sensor and just about every feature you could want. Adding the LT55 to your kit gives you that extra-long telephoto you've always wanted to carry without doing damage to your back. Neat product.

Jerry
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Maniscalco on January 4, 2009
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If you have an an FZ50, this is your only telephoto option. Optically, it works quite well, with good sharpness across the entire lens, but some of the mechanical aspects of it could have been better done. The main problem with it is that since the FZ50 has a fixed lens, the tele-converter attaches to the camera lens by screwing onto the filter thread. These are very fine and delicate but the size of the converter makes it quite easy to accidentally damage them by cross-threading if the user is not very careful when attaching it.

That said, this is a worthwhile upgrade. The optical quality is much better than a typical tele-converter and the boost in focal length it provides it startling. Be sure to check your camera's manual again before using it the first time--there are some menu settings you will want to change for best results but there's no mention of that in the documentation that comes with the converter.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Huddlestone on September 27, 2007
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This lens ended a mounting frustration of photographing birds that keep their distance. I can now capture sharper eyes and plumage; far more definition.

When a great blue heron unexpectedly landed nearby, I nearly held my breath as I slowly raised my camera to my face. Only then did I discover that I had to change the battery while keeping very still to not give away my presence. After changing the battery and adjusting camera settings with the camera still in front of my face, I was able to shoot the uploaded digital image of the great blue heron.

In the Raw image setting, you cannot zoom in x2 or x4, but of all the settings, the raw image setting used with a DMC-FZ50 and this 3x teleconversion lens will let you shoot at a fair distance and yield the sharpest detailed pictures when enlarged. The raw image setting will yield two of the same image--both large, enlargeable files.

When attached, this lens will make your camera front-heavy in an unbalanced way, so you will need to consciously increase grip strength until you have gotten use to the weight difference, especially when using a tripod, so as not to lose a too soft grip on your camera to gravity.

I strongly recommended this for more detail at a greater distance and I use mine with:
Panasonic DMC-FZ50 10.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tahir J. Naim on August 28, 2006
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I enjoy birdwatching and naturally I wish to photograph the birds I see when I can. I used this lens with the FZ7 on a trip to Maui. I saw the i'iwi and apapane, but those birds flit around too much for me to be able to get a pic. However, I was able to get a couple decent pix of the a'eo (Hawaiian stilt) at a distance of about 300' so I was pleased. I will be going to Port Aransas to see the whooping cranes soon and am very much looking forward to using this lens then. NOTE: Although the image stabilization of these Panasonic cameras is excellent you absolutely still need a tripod in my opinion to make the best use of this fine piece of glass.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sandra C. on August 23, 2009
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A word of advise to anyone considering a no name or knock off version of this lens thinking you'll save some money; don't do it. I wasted my money on getting the non Lumix version of this lens, and was plagued by chromatic aberrations, severe blurring all around the edges, and over all poor quality.

The use of this proper Lumix OEM telephoto lens reduced the chromatic aberrations by 90%, and gave me clear, crisp photographs.

I heartily recommend this lens to any and all FZ30 and FZ50 owners.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2011
I had my FZ30 for quite a long time and even though I loved my camera, I was always a bit frustrated that it was a fixed lens camera. I was new to photography when I bought that camera. One day, a family member tells me, "I found some cool attachments for this cam."
As soon as I started using this, I was re-energized in using my camera. I was taking pics at greater distance and getting more details in my shots.
For the beginner:
This is a tele conversion lens. It is a one trick pony. It is only for taking shots at long distance. If you decide to quickly pull your zoom back and try to take a shot of a close item, you will be looking down a black tunnel with the circular lens at the end of the tunnel. Sort of like looking down a spyglass. That's what it looks like when you try to take close/average distance shots with this still attached. I DID take some close up experimental shots with this still attached and it was like the subject was in the center with a black frame around them. Some looked cool, some looked odd.
Attachment: It screws into place rather quickly for fast change of lens attachments. Just know that the threads are not thick and if you strip them because you screwed it on wrong, it sucks to be you.
Great product for what it was made for.
EDIT:
It will not attach to the new G2 series. I tried.
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