Panasonic DMC-FZ20 Digital Camera & JKC CRing Adaptor Review

CRing Adapter Panasonic FZ10, FZ15 and FZ20 JKC

I recently purchased (July 2006) a 3rd Party 62mm Adapter for my Panasonic FZ20 from jk-consultants (JKC) in New York, USA (shown at right)

Using JKC’s adaptor means I dont need to ever use the FZ20’s clumsy lens hood anymore as I can screw my polarising filter straight onto the adaptor which fits flush with the lens at its most extended point when turned on 🙂

This increases my image quality because using the plastic Lens Hood which came with the FZ20 degraded the image qualityof photos because it shifted filters quite far away from the Leica front element.

Note that if you buy JKC’s adaptor then you will also need the corresponding sized lens cap that he sells and new smaller 62mm filters (the plastic FZ20 Lens Hood required 72mm filters) but thats OK because even including shipping from USA to Australia his prices were better than all the local stores that I checked.

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I received a Panasonic DMC-FZ20 Digital Camera as a Christmas present in December 2004 🙂

The following are some useful reviews/resources for someone considering whether they should purchase this Digital camera:

Basic Specifications

  • 5.0 Megapixel
  • 12x Optical Zoom, focal length equivalent to 36 mm to 432 mm in a 35 mm film camera
  • Leica DC Vario- Elmarit Lens
  • MEGA Optical Image Stabiliser (O.I.S.)
  • Manual Focus Ring
  • Aperture: F2.8 – F8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/2,000 – 8 seconds

In depth Review
“Announced at the end of July 2004, the DMC-FZ20 is the flagship model of the third generation of ‘super zoom’ cameras from electronics giant Panasonic, and is a direct replacement for the FZ10. Like its predecessors (and the simultaneously announced DMC-FZ3) the FZ20 sports a Leica-branded DC Vario-Elmarit zoom with a whopping 12x optical range (36-432mm equiv) and a constant F2.8 aperture. It also boasts a newly-improved optical image stabilisation system and the Venus II engine, which, according to Panasonic’s documentation, is now equivalent to shooting at 3 or 4 shutter speed steps faster” – continue reading review by www.dpreview.com

Detailed Specifications

Samples gallery of photos taken by the Panasonic DMC-FZ20

Discussions by people in Camera forums about the Panasonic DMC-FZ20

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