This genuine Panasonic close up lens is suitable for the Panasonic Lumix FZ8, FZ18, FZ28, FZ38, FZ50 and FZ150 digital camera models. It requires a DMW-LA2E lens adapter to fit FZ8, DMW-LA3E to fit FZ18, FZ28, FZ38 and a DMW-LA5E to fit FZ150 (not included). It has 2 lens elements in a single group and offers 3x magnification. It has a multicoated design to prevent chromatic aberration and ghosting.
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This lens is a fantastic addition to the Lumix range, it allows you to get macros without putting your camera too close to the subject and if anything it improves the images you get from the macro setting! The lens feels good quality and worth the price tag.
You will need to buy the Panasonic lens adapter (DMW-LA5) in order to attach this to your Lumix FZ100, FZ45 OR FZ40 and will set you back around £20.
The jury is still out on this one. Two stars may be a bit harsh, but we (I bought it for my wife) haven't yet found situations where the lens gives any advantage - for close objects, putting the lens on doesn't seem to increase the possible magnification. There is no fault with the lens itself (as far as I know): it's a problem of finding out how best to use it
Excellent results and very well made product. Purchasing a 'step down' conversion ring for a few pounds allows you to screw it straight onto the camera lens when needed, avoiding having to purchase the expensive Panasonic tube adapter. However the Pan. tube IS essential for use with the Pan. tele-converter lens.