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1/8000 Sep 18, 2014 11:44 PM

Which birdge camera for me?
I currently use APS-C DSLRs and 35mm film SLRs. The main purpose for a bridge camera is a tiny sensor for much more depth of field for macro. With APS-C and 35mm film size, I'm always hurting for DOF in macro photography. Filter threads are important so I can mount a close up lens such as my Nikon 4t. I know most cameras have macro mode, but I want to take macro to the extreme. And a hot shoe is very nice. I use off camera flash alot in macro shots so I can use low ISO's and not deal with blur issues from slow shutter speeds. And a super zoom of at least 500mm(35mm equiv)would be nice to play around with for maybe doing wildlife. So these are the important features: filter thread, hot shoe, and powerful zoom(and not too expensive). I'm looking at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. Do you think that would be a good choice for me?

Ozzie_Traveller Sep 19, 2014 12:34 AM

G'day Bill

Yeah mate - get on with it quickly as the FZ200's are fast disappearing now that the 1000 has arrived
We have a 200 in our stable and it's a great camera


pcake Sep 19, 2014 1:00 AM

yes, i'd say the FZ200 would be a very good choice.

rudimaes Sep 19, 2014 1:49 AM

The FZ200 is a capable bridge camera (I know, cause I have one :) )

wanaclick Sep 19, 2014 8:46 AM

FZ 200 eyes closed.
FZ150 will do too.
Look at the FZ70 also, in that order, you cannot go much wrong on those.

1/8000 Sep 19, 2014 9:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. I saw a video on the Canon SX50 that almost made me want that one. But the constant f/2.8 aperture of the FZ200 is sweet even though it doesn't have the zoom range of the SX50. Graham Houghton's Youtube videos of the 200 are also very helpful, so maybe I'll order it Sunday because B&H is closed on Saturdays.

1/8000 Sep 21, 2014 7:39 PM

I ordered the FZ200 today. Looking forward to seeing what I can do with it. Thanks guys.

rudimaes Sep 21, 2014 11:03 PM

Here you can find the free ebook from Graham Houghton "The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 User's Manual":

There are also many tutorial videos from him on Youtube.

pcake Sep 21, 2014 11:37 PM

wouldn't that be here?
and that's some awesome info.

1/8000 Sep 21, 2014 11:38 PM

OK Rudi thanks for the link to the ebook. And I've been watching Graham's videos on Youtube. By the time the camera gets here I won't even need the manual thanks to Graham's videos :)

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