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Old Dec 5, 2013, 3:06 PM   #21
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Old Dec 7, 2013, 10:33 AM   #22
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I'm just very glad that I couldn't wait, & took a couple of photos to discover this malfunction! The store Target, was wonderful; no questions asked, just traded another for this one.

I'm hoping the FZ70 will work as tirelessly and as trouble-free as my FZ40 has!
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Old Dec 13, 2013, 9:12 PM   #23
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Carol, since you have an FZ40, you must have confidence in the long zooms to go even further with the FZ70.

I have an FZ35. But, I rarely use the zoom. If I do, it is only about 8X (half way). My belief is that the top end of the zoom does not produce good images. Yes, I have used supports, not just hand-held. I'm disappointed in the top-end.

I believe I am ready to give up the FZ35. I've shot lots of pics over the three years, but very few with the zoom, and virtually none with the top-end (yes, I shot them, but they never made it off the camera). My assumption is that these mega-zoom cameras have limited function in this regard.

I believe that I am ready to put it on the shelf, and move to a DSLR. But, I am concerned about which lenses to get. I've done much research, and believe that an 18mm-125mm would be a good choice for shooting public events. But, having had a less than favorable experience with the top-end zoom on my FZ35, I am not sure if the 18-125 would be a good choice. Maybe the lenses for DSLR are so much better that my concern is unwarranted.

Anybody else go through this decision tree?
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Old Dec 13, 2013, 9:27 PM   #24
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I've loved the long zoom, rarely use a tripod. I mostly do scenic and wildlife, and the long zoom has been perfect for me. Here is just one that was full zoom with the FZ40, handheld.
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Old Dec 13, 2013, 9:30 PM   #25
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Roger, perhaps start a new thread looking for your DSLR in the DSLR forum, or whatever brand you are looking at.
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Thanks. I've tried 16X with my FZ35 on birds on the feeder, holding the camera on a window sill. But, I have never achieved this kind of result. It was just for these kinds of shots that I went with the FZ35. When I bought it, I think the FZ40 was not yet on the market.
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Old Dec 14, 2013, 11:35 AM   #27
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As I mentioned, I rarely use a tripod, except for night scenes, and have had excellent results with the FZ40. I try to lean against a tree, etc., and tuck my elbows against my body, take a breath, & hold it, while pushing the shutter button. BTW, most of mine are shot using the "P" setting.

I would imagine with the extended zoom on the FZ70, I might have to use a tripod, but with the image stabilization; only time will tell.
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Thanks. Yes, I understand those techniques as well. I have never tried night photos, though.

I had already started searching the Nikon and Canon forums for threads. My candidates are Canon T5i, 60D, or Nikon 5200.
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Thanks. Yes, I understand those techniques as well. I have never tried night photos, though.

I had already started searching the Nikon and Canon forums for threads. My candidates are Canon T5i, 60D, or Nikon 5200.
Hi Roger. If I was going to get a DSLR and wanted to shoot birds/wildlife I would concentrate on what lens to get more than what body. I think the glass is what makes the biggest difference, just me.

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"I had already started searching the Nikon and Canon forums for threads. My candidates are Canon T5i, 60D, or Nikon 5200."

You'd best start a thread in the Canon & Nikon DSLR forums, since this forum is for Panny's, and this thread is about the FZ70.
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