Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35K & DMC-FZ28K Accessories
Although the DMC-FZ35K/DMC-FZ28K is an excellent camera from the factory, you can also expand its capabilities through the purchase of a few well-chosen accessories.
The camera has two threads; a) a 46 mm female thread on the zoom lens itself for filters. and b) a 55.8 mm female thread on the lens barrel for attaching the lens hood adapter or a conversion lens adapter.
Zoom Lens Protection - Part 1
Zoom Lens Protection - Part 2
When the zoom lens extends to high degrees of magnification, it extends out past the standard factory lens barrel. The lens can be easily damaged when in the extended position if bumped. One solution for protecting the lens when zoomed is to install a lens adapter to the barrel with two step-up rings and a dust cap. This not only protects the lens during full zoom without vignetting effects, but also allows you to turn on the camera with the dust cover on as the lens can't zoom out and hit the lens cap. I learned about this solution here.
This is what I used to make a new protective lens barrel:
This adapter assembly stays on my camera whenever I'm not using my macro or telephoto conversion lenses. Pemaraal also has a unique adapter (~$38) that can provide a similar solution in addition to acting as an adapter for conversion lenses and filters.
Panasonic sells three accessory lenses for the DMC-FZ35/FZ28, the DMW-LC55 (close-up or macro), the DMW-LW55 (0.7X wide angle) and the DMW-LT55 (1.7X telephoto). All of these lenses must use the Panasonic DMW-LA3 lens adapter. This adapter has a 55.8 mm M thread for the lens barrel and a 55 mm F thread for the conversion lens. The only problem is that the Panasonic lenses are very expensive:
I decided to take a different approach based on feedback I had read in various user groups.
Of course, there are a couple of other lenses I'd like to experiment with but, for now, they are still on my wish list.
My Accessory Wish List