Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Panasonic DMW-GTC1 Tele Conversion Lens Review, Photos, Video and Sample Images in NYC

The third lens I tested out of the  four new conversion lenses for Micro Four Thirds released by Panasoni is the Panasonic Lumix DMW-GTC1 Tele Conversion (2.0x) 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-GTC1 was specifically designed for working with the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens' power zoom and extends the zoom's maximum reach to 84mm (168mm equivalent). This conversion lens is ideal for capturing  a subject that is in a faraway distance by extending the focal length of the tele-end from 42mm to 84mm when attached to the front of the lens. The DMW-GTC1 is particularly useful when shooting long-distance street-view shots as you travel. This conversion lens is compatible with Panasonic's new Lumix X 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens, it is not compatible with the new 14mm lens.

The lens I chose to use the DMW-GTC1 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 more sample images taken with the new Panasonic DMW-GTC1 Tele Conversion Lens:

Below are sample videos taken with the new Panasonic DMW-GTC1 Tele 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.

Yes, this product is in stock on our website or at our storefront location.

 For pricing and availability:
- Panasonic DMW-GTC1 Tele Conversion Lens
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 (Body Only)
- Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with the Panasonic PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit


  1. Looks really soft! And there's smear. Was your lens clean? Anyways, based on the photos you post here, surprisingly poor. I'm not a troll. Genuinely interested in this converter but what I see here is troubling.


  2. I fully agree with you. I had a screen protector on my camera that was sort of peeling off so as I was taking the photos I figured it was just looking dusty on the LCD screen because of the protector...but once I uploaded them I realized how hazy and fuzzy the images appeared...I think i might need to do a re-test with the GTC1 tele conversion lens to be sure because the first of the Panasonic conversion lenses I tested, the GMC1 macro conversion lens, the photos appeared clear and crisp... you can see that post by going here:

    I appreciate your honesty and bringing this to my attention! Thanks for your feedback!

    - Alexandra Christina
    H and B

  3. I took another set of photos after cleaning the lens and they came out much clearer and crisper than the ones from before...Thanks for your feedback on it again...hope these photos give you a better idea of what this lens can do!

    -Alexandra Christina
    H and B