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Panasonic LX2 Filter & converter adapter

May 29, 2008

Today I received an LX2 adapter I bought in order to be able to mount filters and converters in my camera. I purchased it from HKDCPLUS´s Ebay store. You can visit their store here, and their website here. They have a ton of interesting stuff whatever camera brand you are shooting. I would highly recomend this people, good prices, great comunication, complete control over your order status and very quick service. Needless to say I have no relation to them, I am just a satisfied customer…

The panasonic LX2 is not prepared to receive filters or any other add-ons. It has no thread on the lens and Panasonic doesn´t seem to offer anything either.  Now fortunately there is an option for those that, like myself, want to achieve long exposures by attaching polarizing or neutral density filters or that want to get an ultrawide field of view  by mounting any kind of lens converter to this camera :

The adapter is metalic and has a great black finish. Really nice looking. As mentioned before the LX2 has no thread in the lens. The end of the lens barrel is slightly narrower, and this narrow end extends for a few mm. Perfect for the adapter placement:

The adapter fits tightly by simply pressing it in, and it does so without scratching the lens barrel because it has two internal rubber rings that provide the adapter a very solid grip. It doesn´t move or rotate. The adapter comes with a very nice “clip-on” lens cap that is very easy to fit and remove and that stays in place solidly.

The thread in the adapter is 52mm. This is very nice because it means that being considerably wider than the camera´s lens whatever you mount here vignetting is simply out of the equation..

I own a number of 72mm filters so I decided to mount them via a step-up ring instead of purchasing new filters. I Stacked the step-up ring, a polarizing filter and a neutral density filter. On top of all this I mounted a Cokin “P” filter holder with a neutral density graduated filter (that is a bunch of stuff in front of the lens..). Nothing, not the faintest sign of vigneting!! Obviously the lens does not touch the lenscap if extended with it mounted.

Even when the adapter definetely eliminates any trace of “pocketability” and the thing simply isn´t that compact any more, I believe the camera actually looks very nice with the adapter on. As an aside, for those that have big hands and for those finding the holding of this camera very difficult, I can assure you the adapter takes care of the problem…

I have purchased a Nikon WC-E68 wide angle converter that should arrive in the following days. Mounted in my Panny it should give me an effective F.O.V of about 19mm (35mm equiv.), bringing me into the realms of ultra-wide. The Nikon is a heavy lens, probably a bit heavier than the camera itself. Werther the adapter will be strong enough to resist the weight of the lens and stay in place is something that remains to be seen…I will be doing a write-up on the lens and the whole combo once it arrives, stay tuned!!

Now werther this little piece of metal is worth the roughly 30$ it costs is entirely up to you. What is granted is that it increases the creative power of an allready very capable piece of gear. Now if only I could get 36 hour long days so I could actually go out there and “hunt some photons…”

I´m off now, but not without throwing in some more camera porn…

Panasonic LX2 & 72mm Polarizing filter

I know this might  look a bit “orthopaedic”, a 52mm filter would surely look slicker but I decided to use the filters I allready own (wife thinks mortgage is more important..go figure!!)  😉

Panasonic LX2 & Cokin “P” filter holder and gradual ND filter

The use of gradual ND filters can save you a lot of time in front of the computer when shooting sunsets of scenes with huge dynamic range, plus you can stack several different filters and go “experimental”..

 

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25 comments

  1. Hi,
    I also received the LX2 adaptor, which of course fits perfectly well on my Dlux3. I received it from Digitaltoyshop (http://www.digitaltoyshop.com/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=876&lg=1&c=DIGITAL_CAMERA_PANASONIC_LUMIX_DMC-LX2), which provides it free of charge on any purchase of filter or lens (I got it with a fisheye). Unfortunately I didn’t get a lens cap :-), and of course the dlux3 gap won’t fit.
    Continue the great work, thanks Mark


  2. Mark, thanks for visiting. Yesterday I was asked by someone else if the adapter would fit the D-LUX3, I assumed it would as they share the same lens, good to have confirmation. I´m sorry you didn´t get a lens cap with the adapter but it should be easy to find a 52mm “no-brand”cap for very little money.

    Best wishes, Erik.


  3. Hey Erik, Boy that sure improves ones photo options. Here’s hoping it fits LX3.I’ll be waiting to hear if it’s announced for Photokina. If not I’ll be ordering one of these Just to be able to mount a circular polarizer and maybe with raynox 250. And maybe my panasonic LW55 wide angle conversion with a step up ring. Anyway great info thanks for all the work and great pictures.


  4. Elfenone,
    I am keeping an eye regarding any news about the “LX3”..I hope Panasonic doesn´t go wrong with that one and screw it up with silly features..Hoping that if I eventually get one the adapter will be compatible..About getting a second hand one, highly recommended, specially with the bargain prices you can see around..

    Best, Erik.


  5. Hello Erik

    I’m looking forward to seeing how you LX2 performs with the WC-E68 converter.

    Great blog, congratulations

    Best regards

    Diego


  6. Thanks Diego! The WC-E68 arrived this morning!!!! It looks fantastic. I will surely be writting about it soon..Stay tuned!

    Best, Erik.


  7. I’m not sure how your WC-E68 will fit cos the threading on the E68’s about ~45mm, It’s a strange diameter for which i haven’t been able to find any adapter.


  8. Hi Shannon!! The Nikon converter has a 46 thread, I had no trouble finding a 52-46 step down ring..I have only had a little time this morning to play with the converter, but lacking the propper facts for a more detailed review (which I will be writting) all I can say is that it is working like a charm!! Not the slightest trace of vignetting and seems to be highly resistant to flare as well. More to come..

    Cheers, Erik.


  9. Ah great that it works! I was trying it with a Canon G9 adapter but unfortunately the end thread on the adapter’s 58mm. I think it’s much harder getting a 58-46mm ring.


  10. I too have followed this route with my Lx2 and again I have nothing but praise for HKDCPLUS.
    I did have a slight issue that when I zoomed right out the lens stands proud of the adapter and therefore touches the screw-on filter. If I attached a further extension tube there was some vignetting when wide.
    To resolve this I have opted for the Cokin A filters, including their circular polariser. Infact their circular polariser is less fiddly to turn than the one I previously attached to the extension.


  11. I have learnt the hard way not to zoom completely out, specially with the wideangle converter mounted…



  12. […] D-Lux 3 filter adapters? A very informative review of HKDCPLUS LX2 adapter can be found here: Panasonic LX2 Filter & converter adapter LX2,taking it a day at a time.. and there one of the comments says: […]


  13. not sure if they are the same adapter

    Adapter DC-PL816:
    http://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?11080518706176

    w/ my D-Lux3:

    Happy with Pentax k-7

  14. Hi gleeman, it does seem like the same adapter indeed..But what makes feel very curious is the remote trigger you attached to your D-Lux3..!! Could you provide details??

    Thanks!


  15. hello photonhunter,
    I bought it from web shop photosolve.com
    here’s the link

    product code:GENERIC_SR “Generic Shutter Release”
    http://www.photosolve.com/Shop/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=2

    But it doesn’t fit the standard cable release(M3 threaded),so make sure you buy their “Cable Release” too if you buy the GENERIC_SR.


  16. @shannon:
    There are 3rd-party adapters for canon powershot that have 52mm if you’re still interessted.
    Nice blog!


  17. […] expanding the kit and it´s photographic capabilities in a very wellcome way. As much as I like the adapter I currently use for my LX2, it only stays in place by preassure, and even when it has never failed/fallen I hope […]


  18. I also just recieved mine from HKDCPLUS on ebay as well, great deal for the adapter and the 52mm lens I believe for 13 bucks.

    Theyre was a little mix up at first they sent the adapter for the LX3 and couldnt figure out why it wouldnt fit. Even asking me to unscrew the part my my camera lens to show the threads (which theyre aren’t any).
    After a few emails back and me showing them (a few pics). But the final clincher was showing the 2 different setups on their own page, then they sent the correct one, and I couldnt be happier with it.

    They have been very responsive to my email, and would gladly do business with them again.


  19. What gives? HKDCPLUS now wants $30 USD for the 52 mm adapter for Lx2 while the same for the Lx3 is $16 USD.


  20. I recently picked up LX2 due to its wide coverage. Is there any way to use/add a secondly flash for low light. Comments/help will be appreciated.


  21. hi, i recently bought an lx2, in search for an adapter to fit filters. unfortuantely lx2 tubes arent available in my country. BUT lx3 converters are, will it also fit an lx2? thanks!


  22. will this fit d-lux3?


  23. Holy crap. Hello!! Thank you so much for blogging about this– I’ve been fitfully dreaming of ways to attach lenses to my lx2. Without your blog, I wouldn’t have found this, so thank you, thank you, thank you! <:


  24. This web site online is mostly a walk-through for all the data you wanted about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and also you’ll definitely discover it.



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