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Old Jun 12, 2006, 12:12 PM   #1
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Hi Everybody

I was curious as to wither anyone knew about what an average fz-5's
shooting life expectancy might be..

I'm up to 29,000 pictured taken with it,
and i think i -may- be starting to have a focusing problem..
(though i may just be having a bad run.. i donno..)

is 29,000 alot..
what are some of your counts up to..
and do you see any change in picture quality ?
(i got it just about 1 year ago..)

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Old Jun 13, 2006, 1:06 AM   #2
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In one year that is 79 shots per day! How do you handle them...I am just back from a 3 week holiday with about 500 total and it is taking me hours to sort, ditch and process.

Good on you for your enthusiasm...Fred
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Old Jun 13, 2006, 1:47 PM   #3
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Lol, well.. i did about 18,000 with my first camera (Olympus C-740)
and that barely had rapid fire compaired to the FZ-5.. lol..

i got lots of sorting practice over the years..
i've prided myself that i've only ever had to format my computer system
1 time in 12 years of computing.. so with that you get practice in file management.
(and even then i was able to restore 90% cause i had -Just- made back ups
2 weeks before, as i was just about to upgrade to Win-Xp)

my basic file system set up is this

3 hard drives, (and a dvd burner)
2- @ 80gigs (C & D)
C handles operating system and important stuff
D handles photoshop, plug ins, and media like music and video
E is my 300 Gig S.a.t.a drive where i have all photos and Psd edits.

I use Roxio Photo Suite 5 for photo transfering and naming
(but i don't bother really with its gallery system as it's thumbnail index
really slows down the process when its archive reach's 200mgs..)

Then i have everything in collections and librarys..
4 collections to a library.. every collection is no more then 4.3 gigs
(just about the right fit for a dvd)

in every collection i typically have 6 to 8 sub-catigorys
Captured by date
Whole Day Shoots
Paid work shoots
Clouds and Sky

From there, almost any image or shoot will fall in to one of
those sub-catigorys..
typically if for exaimple i'm going crazy on my new puppy,
and i get say.. 80 shots, that will go in as say "Captured 06-06-13 newpup day 4"
or something like that..

though if i'm out with friends like i was today,
shooting plants, cars, bridges.. each other.. myself..
i'm more then likely to have quite the mix match of photos
so i'll bundle them all in to the "Whole Day Shoots" catigory
and just use a name or title to remind me of which day that was..
(exaimple Captured 06-06-13 Fun Run w Jim n Bob)

I myself am a pack rat,
so i keep all but the most severly blured or damaged photos..
(cause one day.. ya never know, it may be possible to fix the bad ones )

and only do Post work (color, tone, sharpness, Special fX, misc object removal)
as the pictures are needed for online posting or printing.

Hope that helped
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Old Jun 13, 2006, 5:48 PM   #4
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WOW thats a cracking number of shots ! I had thought the largest nomber of shots of an FZ user here on the forum was around 15,000 but ur 29,000 must be it. I'm on 7500 on my FZ10 and thats after nearly two years and I'm just now having the odd sticky zoom syndrone lately but thats about it.



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Old Jun 13, 2006, 8:14 PM   #5
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"sticky zoom syndrone"
is that when you press the zoom button,
but its like it has to think a little longer then it should,
to start doing it ?

..or is it when you have to try a second time because it gave up
the first time..?

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Old Jun 13, 2006, 9:32 PM   #6
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I'm approaching 20,000 with my fz5. I would most likely be around 24,000 by now if I hadn't spent so much time with the newfx01. I sometimes notice a sticky shutter button when I'm really using the fz5 alot. Not consistently sticky, though.
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Old Jun 14, 2006, 8:23 PM   #7
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Hi Watonphoto.

I am currently at 32,188 with my FZ 20 and going bonkers with my TZ 1 at 6,262 as of today.

Neither camera is giving me any grief. Both are working as if it were day one.

There is a woman on the dpreview panny forum that gave her FZ20 to her son when she got an FZ30. She said the camera now has over 65,000 shots and is also working fine.

I know these are not FZ 5's , but theylikely have the same/similar mechanisms.

Good Luck.

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Old Jun 14, 2006, 10:02 PM   #8
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they are cousin cameras..
so that is good news.

I'm hoping its just a matter that i was having a bad few days
or that i've started to expect too much from stright "outta the camera"..

but i keep noticing it over the next week or so i'll likely take it
in to henrys (the camera place i bought it from) as i have
either a 2 year or 3 year warrenty..
(i just hope there fast about..)

Thanks a bunch..
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