Which of these two would be the better buy?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Lanimilbus, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Lanimilbus

    Lanimilbus TPF Noob!

    Jun 9, 2005
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    I have a pretty easy question…I’m trying to buy a Wide-Angle lens converter for my Panasonic Lumix FZ20, and have narrowed down the results to two lenses. One is the Sony VCL-R0752 lens converter which has a magnification of .7x and sells for $42 including shipping. You can see it at http://www.epinions.com/pr-Sony_Conversion_Lens_VCLR0752_Lens_Converter/display_~full_specs

    The other is the Raynox DCR-5000 which has a magnification of .5x and sells for $82 including shipping, and you can see it at http://www.epinions.com/Raynox_DCR_5000__0_5x__Wide_Angle_Conversion__dcr5000_/display_~full_specs

    Both are 52mm threaded, so they’d work with the adapter that I’ll be buying for my Lumix FZ20 (I think), so the only difference that I can see between the two is that one has a magnification of .7x and the other of .5x. That and the price. So, could anyone here tell me which of the two would be a better buy? Would it be worth paying the extra $40 for the Raynox lens that has a wider angle? Would the quality between the two be any different? Thanks.


  2. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2004
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    at work...

    There wouldn't be too much difference in quality between either of them. The increase in price is soley based on the wider angle for the Raynox. The big difference between the two is the .7x would be a good wide angle without much barrel distortion (curving of lines on the edges) where the .5x is where you would start to notice, unless you zoomed through it. I would reccommend the .5x personally because its better to have too much than not enough IMO.

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