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Old Sep 24, 2007, 10:09 AM   #11
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Hi Francesco,

my backlit "blue" was taken with the FZ5.

These special conditions changed the colours.

Most of my new pictures are taken with the xacti. I am training to get real close (1-2cm) just to get a new perspective. Like this one:




The new expensive dSLRs have got the functions that I need:

big sensor, life-view....

I hope that the affordable cameras will be similar soon.

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Old Sep 25, 2007, 1:07 AM   #12
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Beautiful images! What settings do you use on your FZ20 for contrast, saturation and sharpness and what metering mode (center-weight, matrix, spot)? Although I feel more and more comfortable with my FZ20, I can never obtain such great results. Excellent job!
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Thanks Sven: I still have to decide whether to await for FZ50 successor or taking a 40D ?

Tullio: I have the first 3 settings at STD (generally, but they can change).
The only one which is ALWAYS at LOW is NR parameter.

Metering is generally CWB.

Post Processing is very important with this camera (colors are not always great, NR atc..)

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Old Sep 26, 2007, 12:51 AM   #14
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Thanks, Francesco. I guess PP is the trick here, as you stated. I've ordered the FZ18 a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, the store is out of stock so I'll have to be patient and wait but I'm hoping it has a better EVF (more accurate) than the FZ20. That's one of my problems with this camera. I can not really rely on the EVF to determine exposure.
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Old Sep 26, 2007, 6:20 AM   #15
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You are right Tullio.

But although certainly superior to the FZ20 one, FZ18 LCD is not twistable. I guess that's important when you re taking pictures with bright sun light.

Then as I said it does not have external flash hot shoe, which is a must for many macro circumstances.

Focus is really hard in extreme macros without a tripod: with DCR250 as you move a millimeter back or fro, the focus is lost...

With less powerful lenses (Nikon T) zoom precision is less forgiving but not less hard: you see less details for they have less magnification, so it's is harder to JUDGE if you re in sharp focus or not...

PS; Tullio I am a big fan of The Beatles (and also McCartney alone) since early 80ies - (I'm 36 yo now).

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Old Sep 26, 2007, 2:26 PM   #16
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I hardly use the LCD so having a swiveled-type one won't do much for me. The EVF on my FZ20 has a blue color cast when the lenspoints to shaded areas, so the image looks very bluish on the EVF but the camera records the colors accurately. When I first bought the camera, I sent it back for a replacementthinking that it was defective but the new one I received was just the same. So, in those conditions, I use the LCD just to make sure the colors are OK. I don't use external flash that much either so the hot shoe is not really a "must have" in my case. What I really like about the FZ20 though, is thef2.8 across the entire zoom range. That, no camera can beat!
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Old Sep 27, 2007, 9:02 AM   #17
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narmer wrote:

I still have to decide whether to await for FZ50 successor or taking a 40D ?

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Leaving the small sensors, the limited contrast range and ISO 100 would be a treat.

...but 40D, plus Sigma apomacro, plus kit lenses (or more), plus 35mm prime lens....

This is no problem for those of us who earn their money with this stuff!

I am looking for a cheap (and old?) Nikon dSLR now.

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Old Oct 3, 2007, 8:40 AM   #18
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Wonderful butterflies..... !
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Old Oct 3, 2007, 7:27 PM   #19
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Francesco wonderful shots as always, and even better than before.

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Old Oct 5, 2007, 8:55 AM   #20
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Thanks HarjTT and BethEllen
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