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Old Mar 4, 2015, 12:10 AM   #1
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These images are a continuance from another discussion on "megazoom/bridge camera suggestions for BIF "

Today I walked down to the fishing co-op wharf and sat for an hour or so to enjoy the Aussie pelicans and the odd silver-gull (seagull) as they swam / flew overhead etc in their food scavenging activities. The day was sunny, although as I moved through 360deg following birds, the light & background changed continuously. Overall I would say I got about a 75% keeper rate

The FZ200 was set to:
iso-800; "P" program mode for exposure; [ to give me shutter speeds between 1/1000s @ 1/1600sec x aperture around f8 ]
Multi-burst mode @ 3:2 format = 10.5Mpx x 5,5fps;
AF continuous Mechanical shutter [not the super-fast hi-speed electronic shutter]
Lens was locked at 20x zoom [about 400mm]
and I used a Red-Dot-Sight in the flash accessory shoe to assist follow-focussing

The images below are in image-pairs ... the full frame [dropped down to 800 x 600px for uploading, then a 600pixel crop from the full-frame image to show focus &/or sharpness

Maybe I should insert a caveat here ... for those of us used to looking at the fabulous bird images from several of our mates here via their FF slr's + lovely long lenses, these images from a $500 general purpose camera might leave something to be desired.

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I hope this helps all / anyone who is considering the purchase of a superzoom. I find them a great general purpose everyday camera.

ps- From the original thread there is mention of my Fuji X-s1 camera and its performance with BIF. I have done the above exercise using the Fuji X-s1 and deleted every one of the 350~ 400 images taken once I got home. Focus issues abound

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Old Mar 4, 2015, 12:34 AM   #2
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thanks for taking these - it's very helpful! are those closeups 100% crops?

too bad about the X-S1. it seemed like such a promising camera in many ways...
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thanks for taking these - it's very helpful! are those closeups 100% crops?

too bad about the X-S1. it seemed like such a promising camera in many ways...
yes mate - a 600 x 600px crop direct from the original 10,5mpx image ~ noise & all, nuthin' hidden

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Good day, Phil, and thanks for posting these images. I have never had much success in BIF shots and for me, these are very good, esp 1 & 2. I love to see these big birds in flight.
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Good day, Phil, and thanks for posting these images. I have never had much success in BIF shots and for me, these are very good, esp 1 & 2. I love to see these big birds in flight.
G'day mate

I have found that when the lens is over 400mm [20x zoom] it is essential to use the Red-Dot sight ... its wide angle vision allows me to keep the camera on target, even where the bird momentarily moves out of lens view

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