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Old Sep 20, 2008, 8:42 PM   #11
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Thanks Sara, I like the way you put things. I will also check out the Panasonic camera, is it even out yet? I know B&H doesn't sell it, or even list it. I have an EOS set up right now, a 40D & a 20D. I went to Parsons School of Design (The New School) in New York City. Canon never had a great reputation, compared to even Nikon. So, I had always shot my 35mm with Contax cameras and all Zeiss Lenses. Medium format, I had Hasselblads but for the majority of complexions (I did a lot of head shots), the Zeiss lenses (for Hasselblad) were way too sharp, so I wound up using the Pentax 67 most of the time, which was like a cheap 35mm camera on steroids!

Now the game is completely different. When I realized all things will go digital, back in the mid to late 90's, I sold everything! and I bought the Olympus 2100uz. The first ultrazoom. It was the FZ50s Adam, or Eve! It was the first, and it was phenomenal. I actually blew up a shot to 20X30 and it is one of my best digital pics to date, and that was a 2.1 megapixel camera. I still have it.

I am only shooting on a semi-pro level. What I mean by that is that I am so busy at my career that I barely have time to do a shoot. If I do one, I get paid, top dollar, and the client gets great shots, but honestly, I am so deficient in knowing photoshop, that I am almost embarrassed! So, I just give them the original files (raw + jpeg) and let them fend for themselves. The way things are going, I should be able to retire in 5-10 years, then I will put my efforts back into photography. But I am a quality hog. I love quality. I used to do my headshots using a Sinar P2, large format camera, but it just wasn't practical. I know Hasselblad has those 40mp backs, but its just too expensive, at least right now. So, I am looking for a dslr that has the quality of medium format film cameras. I also am impressed with the Fuji camera, that has the one fixed lens but it is like an UZ, and it has IR capabilities. In fact they make you sign this waiver when you buy it stating that you will only be using the cam for "legal" photos. Apparently, you can make it seem that a persons clothes are see thru with this thing, and they are worried about child pornography. It all sounds a bit ridiculous. Anyway, I wouldn't even bother with the IR (infra red) capabilities of the cam. I used to shoot the film, and it was a pain, and it was cool looking, but I don't do that kind of work. Ok, I will end this, but I want to thank you for your insight, and if you have any more info, please let me know, and you are welcome to send me a private message as well (being that I don't always check all of these forums).
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Old Sep 20, 2008, 11:26 PM   #12
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Hank-

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I started in professional photography back in the 1950's. It was a growing and learing time. By the 1960's I was into Nikon rangefinder and DSLR cameras in a big way. I apprenticed with some of the very best photoghers in the 1970's, like Herrington & Olsen, doing product shots and many nationallyn known advertising shots like the famous tuna labels that evolved during that period.

By 1980, with my husband, I was teaching both digital cameras and computersfor the University of California and making a rather goodname for myself and us as a couple. In the 1990's we established Digital Cameras Made Really Easy, which was a runaway sucess. We (my husband and I taught both for the Universities of California and Oregon) used the sucess of our very successful Digital Cameras Made Really Easy Program to catapult into both university and cruise ship fame in the 2000's.

We established the Celebrity Cruise Lines Digital Cameras Learning Programs, and then spead it to Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Discovery Cruisesand Oceania Cruises. People really wanted to learn about their digital cameras, and we were there right on the spotto teach exactly how to do it!

So, Hank, I am not some green kid who just ambled down the pike. I have a good deal of experience in both teaching and in breaking new digital camera ground in terms of making very complex topics such as all the aspects of Flash Photography with a digital camera a good deal more understandable. In fact, I have written numerous tutorials for this website. AndI would sincerely would appreciate it if you would back off a good deal. If not I can post elsewhere. The choice is entirely up to you!

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Old Sep 21, 2008, 10:58 AM   #13
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Sarah,

I am puzzled by your response to Hank355. I see nothing that implies to how you responded with your last paragraph.

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Comparison trap is so easy to fall into. Sometimes even the experienced professionalswith balanced views behave like children with hurt pride. Bringing out your celebrity- professional claws from the pads of a sympathetic adviser isuncalled for Sarah. We all value your advice so don't go away.:|
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Old Sep 22, 2008, 8:42 PM   #15
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Sara, why would you "go away". What did I say? I was just letting everyone know my experience level, which is probably somewhere in the middle (not ultra pro, not novice). I usually just speak my mind, but I thanked you for your insight, and haven't said anything against what you said. So, I am with Tom (Mahalo for your input - are you Hawaiian? Either way, thank you!).

I will continue to call things as I see them, but if it hurts someone, or belittles someone, which would never be my intention, I will stop. I am just going to give my opinion of the camera. And as you can see, I hope they come out with an updated version of the FZ50. BTW, I have been in this forum for a few years, and after the FZ20 came out, we all chimed in as to what we loved, what we hated and what we wished panasonic would change. We also know that Panasonic reads these forums. I do believe that a Panasonic rep has chimed in a few times. So after all of our ranting and raving, the FZ30 came out, we did the same thing. And, now we/esp. me, am just doing the same with the FZ50, I guess most of the other members are used to what I am saying, and how I am saying it. It's almost like a "Dear Panasonic" letter, letting them know that I like the camera, and what i would like to see in the new version of it. That's all it is. Nothing more.
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