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Old May 10, 2011, 6:49 PM   #1
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Default Extended Optical Zoom - Useful or Gimmick?

I've had my FZ35 for about two months now. I love everything about it, for the most part. I've been thinking about the extended optical zoom for a while now. I'm not sure I like it as much as I did when I first got the camera.

I had read that the extended optical zoom is basically a crop of a full 12MP image. I noticed this when I took a picture of the moon. I decided to do a test to see if it was an anomaly with the moon.

I took a 12MP picture and 3MP with 35x EZ. I compared the 1:1 photos. The subject in the 3MP EZ was the same size as the 12MP subject. The only difference between the two is when resizing photos. If I take both photos and resize them to say, 1024x768 for web viewing, the 3MP EZ subject does look bigger.

After realizing what the EZ does, I don't find I use it as much as I use to. What do you guys think? Is extended optical zoom useful or nothing more than a gimmick?
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Old May 10, 2011, 8:23 PM   #2
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I'm leaning towards gimmick... I tested the extended optical zoom degraded the picture color a bit... (but I was also using IA mode at the time so maybe that's why as well)

I'm hopefully getting a teleconverter in a few weeks...
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Old May 11, 2011, 6:53 AM   #3
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I just wish they had a 2x teleconvertor. Although the 1.7x brings you closer, I don't see it being all that dramatic at just 1.7x. Would be nice if there was at least a 2x option.

The Raynox DCR-2025 Pro High Definition 2.2x may work but is about $240



Also I don't believe my FX-35 is 18x as my tiny 10x binoculars bring things closer. I'm not too sure if I am comparing apples to oranges though.

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Old May 11, 2011, 8:07 AM   #4
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What about this for the 2.0 telconverter http://www.amazon.com/Telephoto-Conv...5115556&sr=8-3

I'm almost thinking of trying this before opting to spend the 100 bucks on the olympus. Course you would need the adapter...
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Old May 11, 2011, 8:13 AM   #5
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That could be one of those cheap knock offs and if it is, you will be highly disappointed with it.

I myself would consider that if it was a quality part.
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Old May 11, 2011, 10:00 AM   #6
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That could be one of those cheap knock offs and if it is, you will be highly disappointed with it.

I myself would consider that if it was a quality part.
Yeah that's what I was kinda thinking myself.. which is why I've held off ordering it. I'd rather save and get a better teleconverter once I pass math lol..as sort of a present for myself... I seen a thread somewhere statng that there were 2.0 converters for fz35 but now I can't find em lol. I'll have to look a bit more tonight when I get home from work.
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I have not had much luck with the EZ mode either. I don't think it's gimmick, just not very effective. I own the LT-55 teleconverter and that alone works much better. Here's quick comparison I did a few months back. The bird was pretty far, 50-60 feet away.

#1 Using only the LT-55:




#2 Crop of #1




#3 Using LT-55 plus EZ mode

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Old May 11, 2011, 1:49 PM   #8
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To me, looks like using the EZ Mode, shows a lose of "vividness" & sharpness.

That cropped photo is great!
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I take a lot of wildlife shots, and tend to use the smaller mp size for extended zoom on my FZ38.

I'm not sure if that is ez zoom, but it works for me.

I also have a Tcon 17, but getting good shots is a struggle, as I dont use a tripod.
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I'll check it out.
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