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Old Oct 22, 2006, 4:16 AM   #1
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after a few weeks of research i`ve made the jump from my old but beloved canon g2 compact to a fz30 and can`t wait to see the improvement in resolution,zoom power etc.
i will make a couple of general points before i`ve got my hands on the camera to see what feedback i get.

1. that seemingly old chestnut about noise on this camera model ----i am a novice user using RAW files a lot and printing A4 sizes quite a bit (family,grandchildren,some outdoor)and would noise supression software be a must -----i have a number of Adobe Photo programs

2.will i need a conversion lens for group indoor shots at wide angle

3.i had the chance to purchase a Nikon d50 about the same price ------researched it out but could`nt be bothered with all those extra lenses to lug about ,not to mention the costs involved,hope i`ve not made a boo-boo

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Old Oct 22, 2006, 4:37 AM   #2
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congratulations on your purchase sandancer

there are noise plugins for photoshop (PS)
google: neat image and noise ninja

wide converters are a good idea to add flexibility
here are some links



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Old Oct 22, 2006, 8:37 PM   #3
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dunno - went from FZ10 to 30

but noise really is an issue now - I shoot at RAW and TIFF and images are really large - really hate reducing down past 1200 pix

I use PhotoShope CS2 and many free plug-in action downloads for post processing

sometimes wish I had an easy button on the FZ30

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 12:33 AM   #4
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Just my two cents on point #2.

For indoor shots with a wide angle converter, you will probably need to get yourself an external flash. You'll need the extra light and most WA converters cast a big shadow using the internal flash. Search the forum and you should find lots of good info on what to look for. I've been happy with the results the combination has given me.

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