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Old Sep 16, 2007, 9:26 PM   #11
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The seagul's name is Simon and he usually stops by three time a day on our deck for a bite to eat. I always have some canned mackrel available for him. He is so used to me that this morning, when I took that shot, we were about four feet apart.

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Old Sep 17, 2007, 12:32 PM   #12
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Well, the fateful phone call came this morning-

...telling me that the FZ-18 was out of stock and would not be in stock for 10 to 14 day. All I could do was cancel the order. We leave in 7 days, on 09/24 for a 2.5 month contract doing digital camera workshops on cruise ships, so my FZ-18 aspirations are on hold, most probably until after the first of the year.

In the meantime, I will just have to coninue to get the very most out of my FZ-7.

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Old Sep 17, 2007, 1:44 PM   #13
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Tell me, how do you get a job on a cruise ship giving workshops on digital cameras? I'd really like to know.
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Old Sep 17, 2007, 3:53 PM   #14
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I am sorry to say that lecturing on a cruise ship is much more involved than you might realize. In short here are the requirements:

(1) Have a doctorate degree
(2) Have taught at the University level for at least 5 years
(3) Have published more than one book on the topic you are lecturing on
(4) Have sucessfully pased the Cruise Line's Audition Process.

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Well, the fateful phone call came this morning-

...telling me that the FZ-18 was out of stock and would not be in stock for 10 to 14 day. All I could do was cancel the order. We leave in 7 days, on 09/24 for a 2.5 month contract doing digital camera workshops on cruise ships, so my FZ-18 aspirations are on hold, most probably until after the first of the year.

In the meantime, I will just have to coninue to get the very most out of my FZ-7.

Sarah Joyce
Well, that's a shame. But try and enjoy the cruises while not working even without it.
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Old Sep 18, 2007, 12:18 PM   #16
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mtclimber wrote:
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I am sorry to say that lecturing on a cruise ship is much more involved than you might realize. In short here are the requirements:

(1) Have a doctorate degree
(2) Have taught at the University level for at least 5 years
(3) Have published more than one book on the topic you are lecturing on
(4) Have sucessfully pased the Cruise Line's Audition Process.

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Holy Cow, Sarah! (What is your doctorate in?) Can I get your book on Amazon?

My Pany FZ5 is one of my two favorite travel cameras. It's a great really tiny mini Full featured ultrazoom FZ. :-)

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"BTW...won't they let you have e-mail on that ship(s)?

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Old Sep 19, 2007, 4:20 PM   #17
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Steve-

A strange thing happened this morning. The UPS truck drives up and hands me an unexpected package. It contains a FZ-18. It is silver, but by God its a FZ-18. A great big surprise. Even after they said they had not stock!

Here is the first photo for you.



I hope you will enjoy it. Now I have to dig in the documentation to really learn the camera. My first hour with has been great. BTW I took my spare FZ-7 battery and slipped it into the FZ-18 and I was taking photos instantly. So you might not need a spare battery.

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Old Sep 19, 2007, 4:28 PM   #18
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Sarah (OR TO ANYONE WHO HAS A FZ 18),

I would be interested in your review of the 18 and seeing some of your photos. I'm primarily interested in :

1. image quality up to and including ISO 400

2. indoor shots without flash

3. 18x shots

4. and video clip quality

If you set the camera at 5, 6 or 7 MP, do you get better image quality or does the software/firmware and sensor produce same image quality ?

Thank you
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Old Sep 19, 2007, 4:50 PM   #19
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Jerry-

Please give a break!

(1) I really did not expected to receive the FZ-18

(2) I have to completely pack for myself and a handicapped huband for a 2.5 month contract to do workshops which will involve going to Europe and we leave early Sat (09/22) morning!

(3) I also have to get all of the computer gear, textbooks, and photo equipment read to move out with us.

So I hope you will understand if I say that I just cannot do it right now.

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Sarah, Bon Voyage and Enjoy ( aren't email and online forums wonderful ? )

How about this edit :

I would be interested in ANYONE'S review of the FZ18 and seeing some photos. I'm primarily interested in :

1. image quality up to and including ISO 400

2. indoor shots without flash

3. 18x shots

4. a short video clip and/or a comment on video quality


Would anyone know ....If you set the camera at 5, 6 or 7 MP, do you get better image quality or does the software/firmware and sensor produce the same image quality ?

Thank you , Jerry


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