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Old Nov 18, 2007, 6:16 PM   #1
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I have a dilema based not so much for $$ but for the features of these two cameras. I am planning a trip to Africa for a photo safari and do not want to deal with dust & changing lenses, and let's face it ..I am a moderately experienced photographer. These both have great reviews for what they do so my question, if you were going to photograph wildlife which would you choose? The big differences I see are no external flash on the 18K, difference of 18XZoom vs 12XZoom (help), and the 18K has a wider angle lens..28 vs 35mm. I am definitely torn but definitely going with a Panasonic. Really appreciate anyones thoughts.
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Old Nov 19, 2007, 1:27 AM   #2
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'Just a quick thought. The smaller size of the FZ-18, might make for easier traveling. I guess it depends on how much you need that hot shoe?? I have the FZ-18 and have used the FZ-50. I like the FZ-18 a bit better. Here is a FZ-18 sample.

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Old Nov 19, 2007, 10:19 AM   #3
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Photo Safari? I think you have answered you own question. Get the longest zoom you can. How often are you going to need an external flash on your vacation?
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Old Dec 22, 2007, 1:47 PM   #4
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About two years ago, aftertesting about 15 pounds of Canon lenses, case, etc. for our African trip,I saw a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ20 and bought one. We toured Kenya in a Toyota Land Cruiser, stayed in great hotels, and even the tent camps were luxurious.

Many of the animalswere so used to seeing Toyotas that we could approach within a few yards, soa minimalzoom gave excellent closeups of lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe & baboons. The various antelopes were more skittish so the zoom was very handy. I took almost 200 photos with the Lumix and they easily enlarge for printing up to Super B (13' x 19) with no loss of focus and great color.

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