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Old Mar 4, 2012, 9:44 PM   #1
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I shoot and report for a small town newspaper and have been contemplating upgrading my DSLR or moving to another system. I have owned an FZ35 for some time and as I have see the results from the FZ150, I wondered whether it could realistically replace a DSLR for most purposes. Certainly, outside and good light would not be a problem, but low light indoors was a question. The shots below were shot in a small theater in RAW. I was careful to sit in the front row so most were shot at f2.8 between 400 and 800 ISO. I only zoomed into decent light. I was able for the most part to keep the shutter speed high enough to catch the action or wait until a still moment. Given that the FZ150 is at least 2 stops better for noise, I think its very possible it could fulfill most of my photographic needs. The cost savings compared to replacing a similarly speced DSLR system woulld be tremendous. The print size would be almost exactly as shown and is on grainy paper. It took careful processing, but I am frankly amazed at how well the FZ35 performed. The play was a comedy, Sylvia.
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Yep.... if you're patient and wait for pauses in movement to prevent motion blur at the shutter speeds you were using to keep ISO speeds more reasonable, that camera looks like it does a really good job.
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I agree with JimC, great work for inside and low light situation Pboerger!! Congrats
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The negative effects of heavy PP'ing (particularly noise reduction) is evident in quite a few images. Overall the images look OK but IMO f2.8 is not wide enough for this type of lighting condition. You'd need something like f2 or less to really obtain good results.
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I agree with you on the noise reduction, but what I am thinking is the medium I print on, grainy newspaper, should negate a lot the effect. You just shouldn't notice it, maybe. We aren't shooting for Vogue here. Thanks for the input.
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As long as you are happy with the results, it's all that counts. The type of paper can certainly make a difference and in this case, help mask the NR evidence as you suggested.
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