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Old Mar 1, 2020, 3:49 PM   #1
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Default Mirrorless fast focus / fast shutter ~ a review and comments invited

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One of the active discussions one reads on photo forums is about mirrorless cameras and their perceived poor focus / slow shutter response times in relation to conventional dSLRs.

I am very happy with the performance of the Panasonic FZ-2500 camera that I use daily and thought that I would share some images with you.
My Q to others here ... is it good enough? or does it still need substantial improvement to reach dSLR performance levels?

This morning on my pre-brekky walk down and around the lake & boat ramp area, I didn't get much pelican activity but there were plenty of seagulls flying around and overhead. Here's a bunch of 9 consecutive images shot at 7fps on the Panny FZ-2500
exif- Panny FZ-2500; "S"-mode @ 1/2000s; ISO-400; lens at 250mm FF equiv

One is definitely soft, but the other 8 are beaut and sharp, with sparkles in the eye clearly evident in multiple images. Images have been cropped to concentrate on the bird, then dropped to 960px for posting. Otherwise, the images are sooc JPGs

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6- this one is a tad soft ...


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As always, feedback welcome
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Old Mar 4, 2020, 5:33 PM   #2
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Sony's mirrorless cameras seem to have excellent focus speed.
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Try renting one at LensRentals.com.
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Thanks TC

Minor problem ~ I don't think they will post it to Downunder-land for a weekend of exploratory fun

On a more serious note- I posted these as I read heaps of comment on other fora discussing the focus speed / supposed shutter lag of mirrorless systems ~ where I don't find it to be of concern. So I thought that I would just put up these pics of a single sweep of the bird's wings as it flew past at its 'full speed'

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number 7 stands out for me, its about as sharp as you'll ever see anywhere
that eye just pops
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number 7 stands out for me, its about as sharp as you'll ever see anywhere
that eye just pops
Thanks mate

One of the main reasons for posting this collection was that I read (too many) media texts claiming that mirrorless focussing is way behind traditional dSLR speeds
These images are a single beat of the seagull's wings as it flew across my line of sight and they eye pops -as you put it- in most of them

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