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Old Jan 15, 2005, 3:38 PM   #1
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I'm new in the forum, don't have any FZ. I have a Sony F-717 (very good) and a Sony V1 (good)

After Panasonic advertisement I was impressed with the OIS and optics features and began to visit this forum for more information regarding the FZ-20. All the posts have been of great value!!

I have seen many picture samples such as: sunsets, buildings, frogs, turtles, horses, alligators, lizards, trees, leafs, flies, mosquitos, caterpillars, flowers... but no portraits !!

How the FZ-20 handle this type of photography, in color and b&w ?

Can you folks help me with this last issue? I am very close to buy the camera.

Best wishes to all of you.




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Old Jan 15, 2005, 3:48 PM   #2
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Check out Nick's shots for BW.http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...m_id=23&page=1
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 5:14 PM   #3
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Check out Nick's shots for BW.http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...=23&page=1

Thanks Nooner, beatiful pictures but they were post processed to simulate Tri-X film.

According to the FZ-20 specifications it can get b&w direct from the camera without post processing !! Is this feature useful ?

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Old Jan 16, 2005, 9:36 AM   #4
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I think I posted a stupid question.

B&W or Sepia out of the camera is just a matter of software inside the camera just like the digital zoom.

It would be better to shoot in color and post process it using some dedicated software in your PC.

Am I right?

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It would be better to shoot in color and post process it using some dedicated software in your PC.

Am I right?

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I believe you are. I never use the in-camera b&w. Two reasons... first, you'll always have the original color jpg. You can always take the color out, but you can't put it back. Doing it in post also provides better results and more control over curves and contrast. There are many ways to do this but an excellent free plug in with B&W and many other effects if you use PS or elements is this one:

http://www.optikvervelabs.com/default.asp

The post you saw that I did was made by a company called "The Image Factory"...

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Old Jan 16, 2005, 5:07 PM   #6
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Thank you very much Nick for the tip.

I downloaded the program and it worked quite well with my Canvas (ACD) software.

Attached a colourfull orchid in B&W. What do you think?

Thanks again

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