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Old Feb 11, 2012, 4:16 PM   #1
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occasionally i flick through the other forums on here and always noticed that users of other brands such as fujifilm and nikon, post fewer pictures on their threads than us here at "pannyville".
i came accross one such post asking for opinions on the comparing the fujifilm hs20 against the nikon p500. both good cameras but IMO not up to the standards set by panasonic/leica.
it just so happens that when i was choosing my first ever "superzoom" or "bridge" camera those 2 made it to my final 3, with the panasonic fz100 being the third in the running. i was also fortunate to extensively test all 3 before buying due to a friend having the p500 and a shop owner in my local store owning the hs20 and allowing me to try it out for a day. he was so sure i would buy it that he entrusted me with his own. i also know him very well before you judge him as completely mad lol.

well the reply i gave to the thread (in the fujifilm section) pretty much explains my choices and why i came to the conclusion that i did. but i was wondering what experience you fine panny lovers have had with other brands and in particular the 2 mentioned cameras?

i would only trade my fz100 in for an fz150 at this stage, but wonder if any of you feel you made a choice without 100% conviction when choosing YOUR panny?

your thoughs please?

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Old Feb 11, 2012, 6:24 PM   #2
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Sorry, can't help. My 2 pannies are the first and only real cameras I've owned!!
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 6:25 PM   #3
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yes but you no doubt bought your second one on the merits of the first? food for thought lol
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 6:48 PM   #4
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The popularity of the Panasonic "compact" section certainly seems to be the most frequented- by quite some way..!
Whether that's down to there being far more owners or users of Panny's is hard to say... but you're certainly a busy lot..! Good on ya...
When I was looking to add a bridge to my camera "team"- the FZ-150 was definitely top of my list- closely followed by Canon's SX40HS- and I only went for the Canon in the end simply because I was offered a great deal at the time- and I figured the differences(for me) were minimal... and I'm happy with it.
But there's no doubt,there's a great deal of FZ's flying around...!
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yes but you no doubt bought your second one on the merits of the first? food for thought lol
Interesting point, that is probably true. I was really happy with the FZ35, then when my son took it on an oversea trip, I was afraid I may not get it back. Then I found the GF1 at a super deal on Amazon ($299 for body only!!!) so I got it without really looking at other brands.

Also people may tend to stay with the same brand (if they are at least halfway happy with it) because parts, like lenses, are interchangeable.
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I started my digital journy with Panasonic FX07 and later FX36.I wanted to be a bit more serious about photography and HS 10 at the time impressed me on paper but I slept on the decision to buy any,reading superzoom reviews all the while.
One word "exeptional" in Steve's review about the FZ35 caught my attention,(Actually FZ35 was mentioned as exeptional in the FZ100 review).I purchased the FZ35 and later the FZ100 as well and have never felt the need to to look any further.

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I have done extensive research through the many reviews comparing before buying my FZ45 and my second FZ150!
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G'day John

After 40+ yrs with film SLRs + a bevy of lenses, I went for a Fuji 5000 14x zoom camera as my first digital > loved it to death over 90,000 exposures till the 'on' button stopped working

Looked at replacing it with another fuji but wasn't grabbed by the ergonomics of the current [at the time] batch > so went for an FZ35 as the best of the bunch. The FZ with its 18x lens was great but let me down via [my model at least] too much noise & yellow/blue colour splotches in low light. Anyway I gave it last xmas to a beginner

I have also got a Pentax Kx + a couple of lenses - not impressed by the continual having to carry lenses & the constant change of lenses to get a photo > so its up for sale

My other-half had the FZ28 but found it didn't swim too well so it was replaced with an FZ100 > wow what a camera that is

So my future with a superzoom? I'm waiting to see models of the FZ150 & the HS25/30 side by side to check out the ergonomics & lens performance and one will replace the FZ35 sometime soon

Hope this helps answer your Q
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I love superzooms. My first was a Fuji S5100, followed by S5200, S9100, Olympus Sp-550, Sp-560, Panasonic FZ28, Canon SX30IS, and now the FZ47.
I bought the FZ47 not because I wanted it more than all others. I bought it in November because the FZ150 and Sony HX100v cost more than twice as much at the time and I could use the money saved to buy a better lens for my DSLR. That said, I am happy with it and don't regret buying it. I was aware of its limitations when I bought it.
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I entered the digital world with a Fuji 602z which I purchased mainly because of its super macro, (I had to copy hundreds of slides) when I decided to upgrade I searched the web for the best prosumer, and managed to buy the last FZ50 in New Zealand and have not regretted it for one moment, I don't think I would ever buy a camera using AA batteries again, even those eneloops. All I need now is a tcon17.
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