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Old Feb 28, 2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Took the Fz20+1540 out on a very cold seal trip off the southeastern CT coast. Toughest shooting conditons yet (for me anyway)- cold, moving boat, distant subjects (couldn't see much by naked eye at all). So how'd the combo perform? Pretty well actually. (Didn't have time to pull the 1540 off for comparison shots). Every once in a while noticed a bit of fringing or some edge softness but I was trying a bunch of settings from P to various A...so the operator may be at fault. I left myself with some room for improvement next time!
All in all not a bad budget lens that remains nicely in line with the FZ costerformance ratio. If you're in to chubby seals the day's shoot can be found here in the "Seal Watch" Album: http://homepage.mac.com/browntm/Menu2.html
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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tb1,

Nice pics, I like the second one the best. Hope you enjoy working with your setup. Have you tried a moon shoot with the Raynox yet? I'm thinking about getting one.

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Here are a couple of shots I took today with the same combo.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 9:46 PM   #4
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This continues to look like a very compatible lens for the fz series. I particularly like the b&w of the seals. Was that in camera or pp'd?
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bmullen,

I like the shot of the woodpecker(?). To bad he was so rude and looked the other way :lol:. Glad to see you are enjoying the 1540. How much zoom are you using most of the time? All the way out 12x or even in to digital?

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Old Mar 1, 2005, 6:25 AM   #7
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tb1,

Nice pics, I like the second one the best. Hope you enjoy working with your setup. Have you tried a moon shoot with the Raynox yet? I'm thinking about getting one.

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Thanks for the feedback. No "mooning" yet as I've only had it since last Friday. I'm anxious to try it though. Good luck with your lens selection.
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Brett, usually all the way out. Once in a while if the birds are too close at 7 or 8X's.


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This continues to look like a very compatible lens for the fz series. I particularly like the b&w of the seals. Was that in camera or pp'd?
I used the Virtual Photographer plug-in for the b&w conversion.
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