?telephoto lenses which fit DMC-Fz7? for bird photography

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Dave, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    (I'm a newbie.). 55mm? cannot use old 35mm lenses? which companies &
    which models?

    thanks to alll
    Dave, Jan 3, 2007
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    Warren Block Guest

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 has a built-in, non-removable zoom lens
    that's equivalent to a 36mm to 432mm zoom on a 35mm camera.

    If you already have some lenses, look at the digital SLRs made by the
    same manufacturer.
    Warren Block, Jan 3, 2007
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  3. It can take a front-mounted teleconverter. Olympus and a few other
    companies make 1.7x and thereabouts converters that will mate to the
    55mm front thread that the FZ7 has.

    Daniel Silevitch, Jan 3, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    thanx 4 help.. may a manually-adjustable zoom lens be used?
    Dave, Jan 3, 2007
  5. I doubt it. Typically, these teleconverters are fixed zoom, providing a
    constant multiplier to the camera's built-in zoom lens. I've seen
    various models advertised up to about 2.5x, which would give the FZ7
    something like a 1000mm equivalent lens. No guarantees on how good of an
    image you'll get, though.

    Honestly, I'd see how far you can go with the built-in 432mm equivalent
    lens. If that doesn't give you enough reach for the birds that you're
    after, then look into extenders, but at least give it a try before
    spending more money.

    Daniel Silevitch, Jan 3, 2007
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    Warren Block Guest

    The FZ7 zoom lens is manually adjustable with the control ring around
    the shutter release. The review of the FZ7 at http://www.dpreview.com
    has some good pictures and comparisons.
    Warren Block, Jan 3, 2007
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    Tony Nazar Guest

    I have an FZ-50 and the Panasonic teleconverter DMW LT 55 which will
    take it out to around 700. My primary aim was bird photography. I
    recently took some photos of a squirrel in a tree about 40 ft away. I
    cropped the image and came up with a satisfactory (not excellent, but
    adequate) result. I was handholding. When shooting songbirds or
    squirrels tripods and monopods just don't work for me. I dropped
    consideration of using spotting scopes because without very expensive
    scopes and physically large sensors in the camera, output will be less
    than good.

    I bought the FZ-50 new and the lens used from B&H - an outstanding
    company to deal with btw - at a cost of approximately $700.

    While shopping and comparing I was truly tempted by the Nikon D50 with a
    Nikon 80-400VR lens and a decent WA zoom to supplement. It would have
    replaced my Oly E-20 and an FZ 10. I know the Nikon would have been
    capable of providing output in the excellent category because of its
    physically large sensor.

    Why did I go with the Panasonic? Cost. The Nikon with lenses would have
    run me $2500. Since I'm retired I had no need for great resolution. I
    won't be selling 11X14's of that squirrel. Since I'm on a modest income
    I'd have needed to factor in the cost of a divorce. <smiling>

    Go to: depreview.com as suggested, but also check out

    Advice is fine, but you need to do a lot of research.
    Tony Nazar, Jan 3, 2007
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    J. Clarke Guest

    J. Clarke, Jan 4, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    basically bc (this time of year in particular) I'm cheap & poor!
    Dave, Jan 4, 2007
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