Panasonic Lumix DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens Review, Sample Images, Photos and Video in NYC

The second lens I’ve tested out of the four new conversion lenses for Micro Four Thirds released by Panasonic is the Panasonic Lumix DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens using the new Panasonic GX 1 with the new Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

These conversions lenses are compact and lightweight and are built to be portable. They were designed to make it easy for Panasonic Lumix G series digital camera users to alternate between different lenses to enjoy the benefits and flexibility of varying their shooting options and angles. The DMW-GFC1 was specifically designed to work with both the 14mm F2.5 prime lens and its Lumix G X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom lens. The DMW-GFC1 fisheye converter gives a 120° angle-of-view while the DMW-GFC1 extends the zoom’s maximum reach to 84mm (168mm equivalent).  This conversion lens is ideal for helping users shoot creative and unique photographs with a rounded, 120-degree angle, “fisheye” effect.  

The lens I chose to use the DMW-GFC1 with was Panasonic’s Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. lens. This is an ultra-compact retractable pancake 3x zoom lens (28-84mm equivalent in 35mm and full-frame formats) for Lumix Micro 4/3 cameras that’s only about the size and weight of the Panasonic 20mm pancake lens. It’s 2.4 x 1.87″/61 x 47.7mm (the short dimension shrinks to 1.05″/26.8mm when the power is off). It weighs just 3.35 oz/95 g. Not only is it extremely small and light, but the “X” in this lens means high performance specifications. Including electric-powered zoom operation, autofocus during movie recording, nano surface coating that drastically reduces ghosting and flare, and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) for vastly improving image sharpness and blur reduction. Two ED lens elements compensate for chromatic aberration, and the silent design makes this an ideal lens for shooting video.  
Below are sample images taken with the new Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens:
Intelligent Auto Mode

Creative Control – Expressive Mode

Creative Control – Toy Camera Mode

Creative Control – Miniature Effect Mode IMG01

Creative Control – Miniature Effect Mode IMG02

Below are video(s) taken with the new Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens:

All four of the new conversion lenses come with an included adapter ring for use with the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (H-PS14042) lens and the Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 (H-H014) lens, with the exception of the DMC-GTC1, which is compatible with the H-PS14042 lens only.

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