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Old Oct 29, 2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hello All,
I've read several of the topics on this site going back and forth
on the FZ-50.. "It's Great" "It Sucks" "not as good as the fz-30"
"kicks the fz-30's ass" ect ect..

Well i'm of the Single Digit FZ-Breed thus far..
I own an FZ-5, 1 & 1/2 years old.. 44 thousand plus images taken
and its starting to age a -bit-..

i'm starting to long for some of the features of the FZ-50
such as the Manual Focus ring..
but i'm deeply worried after reading this forum about the talk
of loss of image quality.. pictures coming out like water paintings..
excessive noise destroying all detail in pictures and so on..

[ small note : I use my fz-5 almost always at ISO 80,
and would expect to do the same with the '50.. ]
(clearly i'm used to the low light issues of digi-cam's and the FZ's in specific)

so if anyone could offer up some advice, opinions.. it'd be valued.

(also.. how does the '50 zoom.. manual ring zoom, auto zoom with lever.. both ?)

Thanks a bunch..
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Old Oct 30, 2006, 12:17 AM   #2
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I can't argue whether the FZ30 or 50 is better because I don't have both to test at the same time. I did own a FZ30 but it was stolen so I now own a FZ50. I think the watercolor issue was overblown. Both the FZ50 and 30 are great cameras, they have their problems but so does every other camera. Overall they are great cameras and the best for what they are designed to do. Like anything, the more you use it the more you will get out of it. Here is a link to some FZ50 shots of mine if you want to look. All of the pictures taken were hand held and most of the bird pictures were taken using a Tcon-17.

http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n...Z50/?start=all

The zoom on the FZ30 and 50 are a twist zoom just like most DSLR lenses. That and the tilting LCD and the shutter and aperture adjustment wheels are my favorite features of the cameras.


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Old Oct 30, 2006, 3:22 AM   #3
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Hi

not to degrade any camera the fz5/7/.../20/30/50 are for as far as I know the best bridge camera's on the market

I've been contemplating the upgrade from the fz5 to the fz50 since it appeared.
The upgrade to the fz30 was a bit to close to the time I bought my fz5.

imho - I think the fz50 is a good upgrade as long as you don't go over the iso200 mark. It has everything the fz5 doesn't have, manual focus, flash shoe, manual zoom and what mattered mostly for me the ability to change you settings through dials.

The fz30 is in image quality a bit better, but not enough to make a real difference in normal sizes, in large sizes however you might see the difference.

why I didn't go for the fz50 - is that I do shoot much at the higher iso's (200/400 ) and the fz50 isn't doing so well see the 100% crops below (fz5 on top, then the fz30 then the fz50 at iso400)

at this point I already made the decission to upgrade to a dslr - (k10d - preordered it - although the k100d looked also very good).

These are only my impressions but my fz5 is still going good - only made 10 000+ images - one thing however I'm not selling or getting rid of my fz5 I like it to much for that. - Ronny
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Old Oct 30, 2006, 3:55 AM   #4
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eeekkkk.
if that is the standard of how these '50's are shooting..
as much as i want the manual focus ring i'm thinking
i'd be best off waiting and seeing what the FZ-8 (figures crossed)
brings to the table for quality and functionality..

(too much bleed off on the '50's color..)

Thanks for the info..
(and more is always welcome of course.. )

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Old Oct 30, 2006, 10:25 AM   #5
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Please don't misunderstand at the lower iso's 100-200 this is not so - the above pictures are at 400iso, but this was the reason for me not to go to the fz50 although it has the zoom/manual focus/front&rear dials.

I you can and you still want to upgrade do take a look at the fz30 if you can find it, and I still believe the fz50 is better than anything the competition is bringing. (exclude dslr's because they are not comparable)

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Old Oct 30, 2006, 1:46 PM   #6
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Well i actually find the noise on the '50,
looking at that is better compared to the '5 & '30..
but what concerned me the most there..
and maybe it is what also would be considered noise i donno..
is the color bleed off around the edges of the circle..

i wonder if the same thing happens at iso 80...
and how each camera would do face to face in that set up..

regardless..
thank you very much..
it was a depressing eye opener

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Old Oct 30, 2006, 4:14 PM   #7
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The fz50 has a much more agressive way of dealing with noise than the fz5 and the fz30. Due to this you might loose some detail when you start cropping. On the other hand the pictures I've seen on this forum by ex. tcook show that the fz50 can deliver great pictures.

The bleading of color is more pronounciated when using higher iso.

Below is the same comparison as above, but then with the lowest iso the camera can handle - fz5/fz30 = iso80 // fz50= iso100

I didn't make these pictures but used the reviews in www.dpreview.com for these camera's best also take a look over there.
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