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tiger98 Oct 15, 2005 8:15 PM

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Here are two samples of what the FZ30 12 power zoom can do. The first picture has two areas circled and marked. The next two pictures show full zoom on those marked areas. The #1 area is Bank One Ball Park in south Phoenix approximately 15 miles from camera. #2 is a tennis court(s) approximately 3 to 4 miles from point of picture.

tiger98 Oct 15, 2005 8:16 PM

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This is the ball park...

tiger98 Oct 15, 2005 8:17 PM

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and the tennis courts. Note that reducing the pictures for posting has lost a lot of detail and quality.

spy Oct 15, 2005 9:11 PM

Excellent clarity! I look forward to coming there in Nov. Where's the best place to buy the FZ30 in Pheonix and what price are they there?

squirl033 Oct 15, 2005 10:06 PM

that lens is something, ain't it? Panasonic really came up with a winner when they came out with the 12x Leica zoom.i know i've gotten spoiled by the power of that lens on my FZ20, and i could never go back to a camera withlesser optics. i really do hope that no matter what other modes Panasonic brings out, or what sensor ir DSP chipthey use, they keep putting that lens in front of it!

tiger98 Oct 16, 2005 12:27 AM

Spy, Usually Circuit City and Fry's Electronics carry the Panasonic line in this area. I bought my FZ20 from Circuit City, but haven't seen the FZ30 advertised there yet! I purchased my FZ30 from Amazon on line. I think it was under $600 at that time. Enjoy your visit, you'll love it! Jim

tiger98 Oct 16, 2005 12:30 AM

You've got that right squirl ! That lens and their 'IS' sure makes impossible shots possible! Jim

armadilloshield Oct 16, 2005 1:44 AM

Tiger, thanks for your sample, very clear shots.
Do u add any digital zoom as well? if not, what do you think if you use the digital zoom as well? just curious :roll:

KENNETHD Oct 16, 2005 3:14 AM

Yessssss! See, this is a real nice example of what I have been liking about the FZ 30. (part of it anyway) But, Tiger, is this the full zoom w/8MP? Or did you bump it higher using the 5MP or 3 MP? If it is just the 12X zoom with 8 MP, folks should know that had you used the 5 or 3 MP settings you would have increased the zoom to 19 and 23 X respectively. Well done in any case! Fine example of a really sweet lense. Best regards,


armadilloshield Oct 16, 2005 3:56 AM

Especially photo #2, looks very clear from 4 or 5 milesdistance :cool:

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