Panasonic DMW-LT55 55mm Tele Conversion Lens for Panasonic FZ7, FZ30, FZ18, and FZ50 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). … see full wiki
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.
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