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Old Sep 19, 2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I'm about to pull the trigger on a FZ100 after all. I'm moving from P&S canons.. and I was going for a SX30, but sounds like that one will be really slow, and not much better than FZ100 anyway, so I'll go for more features.

I have a few questions, though.. I hope somebody here can help me..I read pretty much all messages about the FZ100 here in the forum, but couldn't find any answers:

- how is low light picture quality on the camera? I've seen pictures of bright objects at night at this (or another forum, can't remember), and it looks nice and all, but how about pictures of people lets say with simple streets lights and handheld operation? Is it a disaster? I couldn't really find anything

- How about adapter lenses? I'm trying to find a ultra-wide lens for the camera, to get shots inside buildings and churches (trip to italy coming soon!). Any ideas on which one to get? 18mm is a lot already, but I was hoping for something in the 9-10mm. The only ones I found were on ebay, and were really fisheye lenses, which I don't want.

- Also, do I have to get the DMW-LA5 adapter to use extra lenses? Why do I need that, does it also have lenses inside it, or its just a "tube"?

- How about filters, like polarized ones? I saw a few pictures around of a LZ100 with filters attached, and it didn't look like it had any adapters installed.. Can I buy any 52mm lenses and attach to the LZ100? Or it needs to be a panasonic one (special attachment, maybe?).

This are just some of my questions, I have a thousand more.. Thanks guys!
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- how is low light picture quality on the camera? I've seen pictures of bright objects at night at this (or another forum, can't remember), and it looks nice and all, but how about pictures of people lets say with simple streets lights and handheld operation? Is it a disaster? I couldn't really find anything

- How about adapter lenses? I'm trying to find a ultra-wide lens for the camera, to get shots inside buildings and churches (trip to italy coming soon!). Any ideas on which one to get? 18mm is a lot already, but I was hoping for something in the 9-10mm. The only ones I found were on ebay, and were really fisheye lenses, which I don't want.

- Also, do I have to get the DMW-LA5 adapter to use extra lenses? Why do I need that, does it also have lenses inside it, or its just a "tube"?

- How about filters, like polarized ones? I saw a few pictures around of a LZ100 with filters attached, and it didn't look like it had any adapters installed.. Can I buy any 52mm lenses and attach to the LZ100? Or it needs to be a panasonic one (special attachment, maybe?).

This are just some of my questions, I have a thousand more.. Thanks guys!
Welcome Escoz - I'm still experimenting with my second FZ100.
I returned the first one because of "low light" performance but after seeing shots from LTZ470 I decided to try it again.
At 400 ISO and above it can get quite "noisy" but there are a few ways to improve. I'm still learning. You may want to get a monopod or tripod.

You can get macro lenses and tele-converter lenses but I'd wait on that.
In good lighting the FZ100 has great zoom and macro capabilities.
The DMW-LA5 adapter is a tube - the lenses attach to the tube.

Filters are attached to the lens. They can stay on all the time.
The DMW-LA5 adapter actually screws onto the "barrel" and the lens slides in and out of the barrel while zooming.
You don't need to buy Panasonic brand - any will work as long as it's the correct size.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Old Sep 20, 2010, 9:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for the answers, Clint501.. That definitely helps!

I bet the fz100 is good enough to take great long exposure shots with a tripod, but I won't be able to stop everything to take pictures. This would be a travel camera for me, and being able to walk around and take pictures in the evening is kind of important... From the examples I've seen, it seems that the flash is pretty good, but I couldn't see any examples of the "night mode" (or whatever its called.. ). I definitely don't wanna go SLR, though, too much trouble.

Thanks for the info on the lenses/filters. Do you have have any problems with vignetting when using filters? Any info on ultra wide lens?

Again, thanks!!
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Have you considered the FZ35? It handles lower light situations much better.

I haven't purchased a filter yet but if you use only one filter I don't think there will be any vignetting
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Yeah, I've been looking at all cameras, but I really couldn't find any real examples of pictures that would convince me to go with the older model, instead of the newer/faster FZ100 yet..

Here's what would be really nice to see: just a simple picture of a house at dark with some lights on or something, with the camera in default settings, night mode, and handheld, maybe with and without flash. Something like this one:

(just a simple example of the shot, I found this on google)

All the effects and long exposure pics are cool and everything, but most of the time I'll be walking around and taking pictures of people and it would be great to be able to take some OK shots like that.
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Personally if I wanted to take shots like the one above, I'd choose the FZ35 with no reservation.

Do a search in this forum and you should see plenty of examples.

The FZ40 and FZ100 are being compared to the FZ35 for image quality.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...35-review.html



Also go to DPReview and check their reviews
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Here's an example of what attracted me to the FZ-35 which I bought almost exclusively based on 2 things low light shooting ability and image quality so this is well worth watching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA3U4...layer_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdPxt...layer_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkP4...layer_embedded

Zoom capability:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqBMl...layer_embedded

Aperture test:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hackV...layer_embedded

Look at the night sky here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYgT9...layer_embedded

Here are some night still images.

To be honest the FZ-35 is seriously doing something right if it has that many owners and reviews as it does.

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Those pictures and videos look really good Jyaku.. That's exactly what I was looking for.. The FZ35 looks really good at night. I specially liked this shot:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickolaswriter/4219274995/

It was taken with IS on, 0.3 exposure and night mode, which to me sounds like handheld.

I'm undecided now between the 35 and 100..
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Upto you entirely. I had the exact same choice and I decided on the fz-35. Yes I sacrificed 24x zoom but I could have had 30x zoom with an olympus.. and I wanted the swivel lcd too.

But bottom line decision was because of the image quality in those pictures and videos and that the fz-35 was a proven winner. I didn't feel like gambling on the newest and greatest upgrade that may or may not measure up. Besides 12.1 mp or 10 mp (since I like to shoot 3:2) was perfect for me. Your personal needs may vary.

As I was originally looking at canon (I'm a hardcore canon fan and really wanted to stick with canon), the more I investigated, the more I realized, there is no perfect camera with everything. You have to find one with the right features for YOU!
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more info here

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...than-fz35.html

comparison shoots

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/8028/fz100fz35.png
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