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3. A wide angle conversion lens for FX-150

I noticed that Turku's Rajala camera had older Canon conversion lenses and adapters for clearance sale. They were about half (or a third almost) of the original price. It looked like it could almost fit my Lumix FX-150's lens barrel, so I bought one :)

My camera's lens barrel is 36,7 mm thick and the Canon adapter was about 38,2 mm. So I glued some felt in between, now it's a snug fit. The conversion lens has a ratio of 0.7x, so with it the 35 mm eq. FL is about 19,6 mm, while original is 28 mm.

Shooting photos reveals some serious corner softness, but the center is sharp. Shooting 720p video shows none of this, and the image is sharp from corner to corner. Nice for interior video.. :)


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Attaching the converter to the lens barrel is a bit tricky, because I don't know how much stress can the lens barrel take. Also, one has to be careful not to let the camera shut down while the conversion lens is on.. It could damage the gears :P Although I think the camera won't try so hard, it will probably just say "error lens stuck" or something :)

Some not so good sample videos:


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edit 16.5; updated videos and a couple of sample images:


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Conversion lens ON:

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03.06.2009 12:45 ZarkussWich one pictures is before / last pic on first page.
16.05.2009 10:21 jaeaeWell, based on comments below it's impossible to know. Maybe I'll dare to test it some day :P
16.05.2009 01:42 BenaHI didn't mean that it is the same camera, I ment that the barrel is almost the same. And in Olympus it just breaks the barrel railings and there you have it: A broken camera.
15.05.2009 23:34 Hene987Looks same? I'm pretty sure they have different softwares.
14.05.2009 20:32 BenaHYea, I do have experinced it. Olympus digital camera, looks quite the same with the panasonic, just snapped and then it was done.
14.05.2009 20:08 JohnEdwardMy Canon PowerShot A510 will try very gently twice to get the lens down, then it just displays an E18 error and shuts down. You can try it, just gently hold it in place and switch the camera off. If it you can feel it tries too hard, you can let go of it :)
14.05.2009 19:33 drakmin+1 for Kemopetrol! :D You should put the camera on a tripod and make sample photos with and without the converter though... those videos are kinda useless.
13.05.2009 20:44 jaeaeYou seem to have experience about it? I have tried some other cameras that just displayed error if the lens got stuck, so I thought this might do the same..
13.05.2009 20:33 BenaHNope, it won't say error. It just snaps the barrel or makes it bend sideways like 1.0 cm from the other side and 1.3 from the other and the camera is DONE. :(
13.05.2009 18:21 JapalaPerhaps you should also take a photo of your room with a flash and not using the mirror and put it too to the first page. This way people would see why the mirror-mod is useful in the first place.
05.05.2009 10:04 drakminI have thought of similar mirror for my camera. Good to see someone has already made it!
03.05.2009 21:58 BenaHGreat idea with that flashlight. ;)