Summary: Very hard to find just the right superlatives. I bought this shortly after I bought my Lumix. While it's always inconvenient to take the time to screw on a supplementary lens and change the software settings to reflect that it's in place, especially because this is a one-purpose lens which generally goes on and comes off frequently and seldom stays on for long, except during architectural interiors, its relative lack of distortion, amazing perspectives, and resistance to...
Summary: The LX-3 is just the best little camera I have ever owned. The Leica lens is the key to its performance. Add the DMW-LW46, and you have the finest travel camera..ever! I just returned from a trip through Napa/Sonoma in California. My photographs with the LW46 are some of the best I have ever taken including those w/ my Canon D40 and my finest lenses. If you enjoy your LX-3 (or its Leica twin)please treat yourself to the LW46..
Summary: I purchased this lens for my Panasonic LX3 camera. I haven't had much opportunity to use it yet but from what I have seen so far it's a very good lens that matches up well with the high quality of the camera and it's fantastic oem lens. This lens is fast and of superb quality. It gathers a great deal of light and although fairly expensive I believe it is worth the price for the extra dimension it lends the LX3 camera.
Summary: I sell Real Estate which is why I bought the Lumix LX3 camera, for it's wide breadth of view. This great little lens takes that width one step further without too much barreling or distortion. I am very happy with this great little lens! Just remember; you'll also need to purchase the Panasonic DMW-LA4 Conversion Adapter to make it fit on your LX3 and be very careful when threading it onto your camera as the threads on the LX3 seem to be plastic (?
Summary: Despite the bulk it adds to the camera, I leave it on all the time. The barrel distortion it creates is easily removed with Corel, and there isn't enough chromatic abberation to notice. Zooming in pretty much gets rid of both, and the images are nearly as sharp as with the standard Leica lens, even at high magnification. None of the other converters I've tried (Raynox and Opteka) are even close. Well worht the premium price if you enjoy wide angles.
Summary: First, I got a great deal on this lens, which is otherwise pretty pricey. One had better be into wide-angle to justify the price. But I got a great deal through Amazon, and so thank them for that. When I got it screwed onto my DMC-3 I was pretty knocked out by the truly wide-angle view. The thing is bulky and all but it really is a lot of fun to fool with and does widen, so to speak, considerably picture-taking possibilities.
Summary: I had previously bought the extension tube to use a filter on my camera which is the Leica D-Lux 4, the teutonic twin of the Panasonic model. The next step was this wide angle accessory lens which give you the equivalent of an 18mm lens. It's a high quality piece of glass for a fine camera. One of the best features of these cameras is the wide angle. This makes that even better. Wide angle freaks rejoice!
Summary: This little wide angle conversion lens cost me approx. $160 plus $20 for the screw on barrel. I have taken it to Havana, Cuba and taken some amazing photos with it. It is tack sharp and such an inexpensive addition to an already brilliant little camera that I would say it is an absolute must have accessory.