Close up MACROS of plants I like to photograph.
But, I never said I wouldn’t be getting another camera — ever. That would have been a stretch.
I will probably still use a camera in the foreseeable future.
The Pixel 4 is fine & fun BUT it has its limitations — even for what I do.
The key among these is the lack of a viewfinder and the absence of delicate, manual focusing. I need both of that for the pictures I like to take.
I also ‘resent’ the TINY sensor in phone cameras. This at least as a 1″ sensor. I can live with 1″.
I kind of like Panasonic. I had a Panasonic FZ1000 for over 6 (whole) months, 2015 to 2016. This camera has very similar specs, but in a much more compact form factor.
Looking through my posts I see that I considered its direct precursor, the ZS100, when it was announced. That is good.
I haven’t ordered one yet. Most likely get it from my friends at ‘Cardinal Camera‘. I trust them, and they always give me decent prices.
A picture taken in 2016
with my Panasonic FZ1000.
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Two other titles I considered were: “Nothing Here Nor There” & “A Rebel Without A Cause” (and camera aficionados will understand that).
Well this certainly was not the Full-Frame Sony a7 III that had been rumored!
Impressive camera with a HEFTY, $1,700 US, price tag. And that is why I am confused as to the target audience for this camera. At that price, albeit with a v. good lens with 600mm reach, it is at the high-end of the average enthusiast’s budget — and push comes to shove it is still a 1″ sensor camera, with a mid-range zoom. And that is problem.
If they had increased the zoom by even 50mm, to 650mm, then it would have made a bit more sense.
The Autofocus (with Phase Detect), the mind-blowing 24 fps and the touch screen are compelling — no doubt.
But, it is up against some impressive competition. That just a few months ago, DPReview in their “Long Zoom Camera” buyer’s guide went with the now, old-in-the-tooth Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is very telling. I had a FZ1000 and loved it. I considered the Sony RX10 II and found it not to be as compelling. And that DPReview then went with the RX10 II (with the shorter-range zoom) rather than the RX10 III (with the 600mm) zoom is even more telling. That to I, kind of sums it up. The FZ1000, with 200mm less zoom, is $1,000 cheaper! $1,000. That is a big difference.
So, that is my dilema. I like what I see. It could PROBABLY make a good ‘compact’ for I — in place of my rarely used, brand new Sony a6500. Yes, I do feel guilty sometimes. And I also have a Nikon P900 super-zoom with the 2,000mm reach!
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I could be wrong BUT the only ‘biggie’ I see in this purported specification is the “touch panel”, i.e., touch screen. I guess that will support touch screen AF. So that would be good.
But that would appear to be it.
The increase in zoom from 400 to 480 is decent, i.e., a 20% increase, but it is a long ways short of the 600mm (at f/4) offered by Sony.
Yes, most likely the FZ2000 will have better video quality.
And it probably will be cheaper than the (overpriced) Sony RX10 III.
But in my experience, when it comes to bridge cameras, the MAIN thing you are looking for is the reach. IF I was into a 1″ Bridge I would not get the FZ2000. I would go with the Sony, despite the price. 120mm of zoom, at one stop larger aperature, at the high end, cannot be sneezed at.
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“DPReview.com” side-by-side camera comparison of the
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 vs Nikon DL24-500mm.
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There was at least one error/omission in the “DPReview” comparison that kind of incorrectly tilted the comparison — and that had to do with “image stabilization”. The Nikon DL24-500, per the Nikon specs, is said to have:
The “IS” issue, notwithstanding, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which I owned for 7-months (till April 2016 and took over 7,000 pictures), is indeed quite the camera.
It is impressive that the FZ1000, 2 years older than the Nikon, offers twice the max. ISO and can hold its own when it comes to sensor size and resolution. Plus, right now it has the HUGE advantage that it is available while the latest rumors are that the Nikon DL24-500 will NOT be available till October 2016 (if that). Plus the FZ1000 is (at least) $200 cheaper.
That $200 could make a big difference.
And this is BUT the paper comparison.
In reality, unless Nikon screws up badly, the DL24-500 should be a much superior camera with newer and superior technology when it comes to the sensor, autofocus, vibration reduction and color rendering.
PLUS, the Nikon offers a dedicated exposure compensation dial on the top plate. Not having a dedicated dial for exposure compensation was my biggest peeve against the Panasonic. Plus there is a touch-screen not to mention the added 100mm of reach.
IF the $200 is not a factor, come October the Nikon DL24-500 should be the better choice. But we will have to wait and see. In the meantime the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a tried-and-tested entity that delivers very good results.
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Exactly the 5,000th picture shot with my Fujifilm X-E2s.
Its filename is ‘DSCF5001‘. There was no 5000. Went from 4999 to 50001 (in a new 105_Fuji folder).
So I had had it for 45 days (1 month and 2 weeks) when I shot this, my 5,000th, picture with it. It happens to be a subject ‘close and dear’ to our heart’s — “Annie and the Orphans“, this being at Cate Park, Wolfeboro, on Saturday, July 2, 2016.
5,000 in 45 days works out to 111.11 pictures a day. If I go with 44 days (which is the real number) it comes to 113.6 pictures a day — and I did NOT miss a single day.
With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 I shot 6,000 pictures in 118 days — which came to 50.8 a day. That is half as much BUT that is easy to explain. Most of the time I had the FZ1000 I also had another camera, the Sony RX100 II or the Panasonic Lumix LX100. I tended to alternate between the cameras. So that explains why I have taken more pictures with the X-E2s.
Bottom line is that nobody can say that I do NOT use my cameras. 5,000 in 44/45 days is a good clip. I think I get my money’s worth from my cameras.
I did take 186 pictures on Saturday while we were at ‘Cate Park’. SMILE. I will share some of them with you ‘shortly’.
After my 34-day ‘crisis‘ during which I gave away (as an act of random kindness) my beloved Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and (6 week old) Lumix LX100, I last Wednesday was again in the market for a new camera.
I was not going to just replace the Panasonics. That would have been painful and regressive. I decided I was going to start again and move up to the next level (so to speak). I remembered the Olympus PEN-F that had been announced in January 2016. I had looked at it then and concluded that it was overpriced and I still think it is priced $200 above what it should be. But I was willing to pay IF I thought it would be the camera that would make me happy until the availability of my dream Fuji X-T2.
So I spent quite a few hours crunching through the reviews, reading the specs and looking at YouTube videos. Three times during the day on Thursday (last week) I nearly hit the BUY button. And each time I shied away at the last millisecond. I knew something was wrong. So I decided to think about it overnight. And then it hit me.
The PEN-F is NOT what I am looking for … The PEN-F is NOT for the likes of I …
I came to the realization that the BIG ‘PASM‘ mode dial on the top was a total, utter turn-off. Like a huge, hanging hairy wart. I do NOT use custom modes and I prefer to choose my mode using the shutter and apaerture dials as in the Panasonic Lumix LX100. So that was strike ONE.
Yes, yes, I know all about the retro look and nostalgia. BUT I am not going to buy a camera, at this price range, for looks. The front dial, as DPReview (above) so correctly points out is a total waste and distraction. If that was a focus selection dial, ‘S-C-M’, I could have looked with it though I find its placement ugly. So that strike TWO.
Having the toggle underneath the mode dial that only works on the JPEG ‘curve’ was the last straw. Strike THREE.
Yes, the Olympus PEN-F will look real cool in a trendy club. But that is not my scene. I want a practical camera.
And this was BEFORE I got to the Micro Four Thirds sensor.
PLEASE help me keep this pledge. PLEASE. “I will no longer buy a camera with anything less than an APS-C size sensor.“ I am a large sensor guy. I know that. I will always regret getting smaller sensors. So I have to pick the habit.
So what did I get? Have a guess. It was not an Olympus — though I like Olympus and Deanna has one, which she loves.
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