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Old Jan 3, 2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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I purchased an 8MPPanasonic FZ18 superzoom (28 - 504mm equivalent) as a compact light weight walk-around for use when I don't want to be burdened with a dslr and long heavymacro zoom or am not specifically going out to photograph.DSLR users unfamiliar wirh this class of camera mightbe disappointedwith theIQ - this camera (or other similar small chip/high megapixel cameras) will not give dslr results (due to compromises necessary to deal with their high digital noise), but a feature-laden camera like this one can still get usable images otherwise unobtainable so conveniently. For instance, while a TC is available, the Extended Optical Zoom feature (similar to in-camera cropping, but allowing more critical focuing, DOF evaluation, and accurate small-area metering), allows a doubling of tHe 18X maximum to as much as26.7X. The tele-close-up ability of the Leica lens coupled with the camera's shake reduction is quite satisfying. Print size, however,can be expected to be limited.

If I had intended to take postable pictures, I could have done better, but these turned out so well I thoughtnon-Panasonic usersmight be interested in seing what these camerasare capable of doing (Panasonic users already know). These are a few of the first images taken with the camera in P mode solely as test snapshots, with no attention to composition or camera adjustments except setting the extended zoom. No pp other thansimple sharpness, brightness and/or contrast, plus cropping and reduction. All were hand-held.

1) A mallow (1" Hollyhock-like flower)

835mm equiv. 1/250" f5 ISO100

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Old Jan 3, 2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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2) A Pansy

835mm equiv. 1/60" f4.2 ISO 100
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3)A Mexican Sunflower

835mm equiv. 1/125mm f4.2 ISO125
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4) A Floribunda Rose

255mm equiv. 1/125" f4 ISO100
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5) Violas

387 mm equiv. 1/125" f4 ISO100
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387 mm equiv. 1/125" f4 ISO100
Beautiful close up picture. Overall very pleasing, restrained light. (Plan to buy a FZ50 for the versatility)

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Old Jan 10, 2008, 11:04 AM   #7
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Thanks, Torgny.

Looks like your pup is growing up - nice portrait..
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The shots all came out very nice.
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4) A Floribunda Rose

255mm equiv. 1/125" f4 ISO100
And the yellow Floribunda - beautiful. Great background. That´s a harder task - to capture a pleasant, non intruding, not disturbing, not blurry background. Anyone can create a blurry background with a dslr.

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Beautiful shots........................musket.
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