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Old Oct 23, 2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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A few recent Chicago critters. TCON-17 used for birds, Raynox DCR-150 used for insects. Clicking on picture will take you to Flickr if you want to see EXIF data.

Snow Bunting. Click on this to see full size shot. Long story. Worth a click though.


American Kestrel




Bronze Tiger Beetle




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Old Oct 23, 2008, 2:27 PM   #2
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Great closeups! Very well done, and what is that he/she is chomping down on in image #2. I was eating a cookie when I first looked. The cookie tastes even better now...
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 4:50 PM   #3
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Great closeups! Very well done, and what is that he/she is chomping down on in image #2. I was eating a cookie when I first looked. The cookie tastes even better now...
I think this one is a she, and the meal is a small bird, either a House Finch or an American Tree Sparrow since they were both in the clump where the meal was acquired. I went home and cooked some chicken afterwards.
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Great work Steve, the last two are my favorites.

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aha
i see the ' birdman strikes again'
fabulous shots
very clear
you have a flair for finding 'winged creatures
pete'
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Old Oct 30, 2008, 12:52 AM   #6
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Thanks Emmanuel and Pete for looking and commenting. Glad you enjoyed them.
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Having had a FZ20 for years and a good dSLR in the last months, I should be "accustomed" to the image quality of Pannies.
Nonetheless, despite some of your pix seems too much "teared up" (I mean some look like 100% crops), others are very good (1st and last two).
That's why I just bought a FZ28 as a backup to my dSLR: could not do without (FZ20 broke some months ago).
I think these are really great cams if one learns to use and to overcome their small CCD limitations.
Really funny and easy to take great stuff with them !
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Having had a FZ20 for years and a good dSLR in the last months, I should be "accustomed" to the image quality of Pannies.
Nonetheless, despite some of your pix seems too much "teared up" (I mean some look like 100% crops), others are very good (1st and last two).
That's why I just bought a FZ28 as a backup to my dSLR: could not do without (FZ20 broke some months ago).
I think these are really great cams if one learns to use and to overcome their small CCD limitations.
Really funny and easy to take great stuff with them !
Maybe 90% crops. I have no problem cropping a lot as long as it still looks good to me. I suppose if the viewer has a larger monitor then my cropping might show up more.

Pannies are indeed fun cameras. I think if I ever got a DSLR it would be a backup for my Pannie.

Thanks for looking and commenting.
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Nice close-ups, Steve. You do get the most out of your FZ18. I had one and loved it. So, yesterday I went ahead and bought the FZ28 (and paid a lot less than I sold my FZ18 for!).
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Nice close-ups, Steve. You do get the most out of your FZ18. I had one and loved it. So, yesterday I went ahead and bought the FZ28 (and paid a lot less than I sold my FZ18 for!).
They are VERY nice close-ups! I've never seen better and it gives me a lot of encouragement to try similair shots with MY FZ18. Thank you for sharing them with us, Steve.

Tullio, are you implying that if I sold my FZ18 I would make enough to buy an FZ28 and have some money left over? Some hope! But then, with my limited knowledge and skills, the FZ18 is more than enough for me.

But I'm in rip-off Britain where we pay through the nose for almost everything photographic but I will say that storage card prices are not too far from yours now.

Regards, Almar.
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