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Old August 30th, 2004, 01:40 PM   #1
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GS400 WideAngle lenses

(Sorry if my english is bad... Norwegian)

I have just ordered the Pana GS400 PAL and I can't wait to get it! :-)
But I'm looking for wide angle lenses for the camera. Do you know about any?
I'm thankful for all help.
By the way, I was looking around and found this:
http://www.supervideo.com/Mamba21.jpg
Do you know the name on that lens, and where to buy it?

The mega gigantic hood too:
http://www.supervideo.com/SMambaSV010.jpg

I'm so frustrated, because I wan't that lense and the hood, but I have no clue where I can buy them.

Again: Thanks for the help.
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Old August 30th, 2004, 07:28 PM   #2
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Looks like the Panasonic factory wide angle lens. Check B&H, they have a picture of one.
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Old August 30th, 2004, 09:20 PM   #3
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It is the Pana wide angle. Model number can be seen in the pic. Don't know about any more recent production models, but the one I have does not have filter threads. Nor does the one in the photo. The owner lives in Hawaii; he told me he mounted a filter ring outside the wide angle (yes, glue) and attaches a hood to that. Not recommended for the faint of heart (or shaky of hand).
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Old August 31st, 2004, 01:01 AM   #4
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Stian, I can NOT recommend the Raynox HD-5000PRO for the GS400 as it gives some vignetting in several modes.
I think I'll try the Raynox HD-6600PRO 43mm soon. It should give better results, even almost without barrel distortion. And... I guess it's cheaper than the original Pana WA.
Maybe take a look here: http://www.raynox.co.jp.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 08:53 AM   #5
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It seems the 6600 is cheaper outside Japan. Strange isn't it? In fact, it is more expensive than the Pany wideconverter by almost JPY2000 :-(
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Old August 31st, 2004, 09:31 AM   #6
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Thank you for the replies.

http://pcmag.shopping.com/xFS?GKW=&A...sories&KW=hood
Will any of these lens hoods fit the GS400 leica lens?
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Old August 31st, 2004, 09:48 AM   #7
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They are all screw-in type so with the right adapter ring (s) to match the 43mm thread of the GS400, they should easily fit. Whether or not any of these lens hoods will cause vignetting is another matter.

Do you really not a third-party lens hood for your GS400? The supplied one, though short, should suffice for most shooting situations, I think.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 09:56 AM   #8
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Do you knowhere I can find the right adapter rings?
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Old August 31st, 2004, 05:59 PM   #9
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Stian,
What you need are stepup rings. You can find them at most photo/video stores. Find a hood that you like and get its filter thread size. Then get a stepup ring that takes the GS400 from 43mm to whatever size your hood's threads are. It's not in Norway, but B&H Photo Video has most things related to photography or video. They ship internationally.

If you want to see some rectangular hoods for the GS400, check out the Hama 52mm or 55mm hoods at B&H. These hoods are clip on rather than screw on. The 55mm will clip onto the flange of the GS400's built in hood.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 03:41 AM   #10
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I've used the HAMA 0.5 wideangel with good results. 100% zoom-through.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 08:44 AM   #11
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I have decided to go for this:

1: Tiffen 43mm UV Protector Glass Filter $ 9.25
2: General Brand 43mm-52mm Step-Up Ring (Lens to Filter) $ 6.95
3\4: Hama 52mm Screw-In Plastic Wide Angle Lens Hood with Cap $ 17.95
AND Hoya 52mm Screw-In Rubber Zoom Lens Hood for 35mm to 200mm Lenses $ 17.95

Will this work?
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Old September 1st, 2004, 10:18 AM   #12
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You don't need the step-up ring for the HAMA lens, it is provided with the lens.

This is the lens I own:
http://www.hama.de/portal/articleId*91127/action*2563

The front lens cap is M65 (outer diameter). I have not found any hood that fits. I just made my own out of some plastic and rubberband.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 12:04 PM   #13
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Do I need the stepup ring for the Hoya Hood?
But the HAMA Hood is a hood not a lens, or am I wrong?
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Old September 1st, 2004, 09:39 PM   #14
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Yes, you need the 43-52mm stepup ring for the Hama hood. However, the rectangular Hama hood is a clip on rather than a screw on. The hood clips to the outside of the stepup ring. You can see an example of how this works in the DV953 album on my website.
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Old September 2nd, 2004, 01:56 AM   #15
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Sorry, I misunderstood your request.

HAMA produces both lenses and hoods. In B&H only sells the hoods, and you are interested in the HAMA hood and not the lens.

I belive you need the stepupring.

You will find all the equipment you need in a decent photo/videoshop in Norway.
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