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Old Dec 9, 2007, 1:53 PM   #21
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Whooooo! Looks liked I really started something.

It looks like being a bit imaterial any way as FZ50's seem to have gone to wherever "antiquated" digicams go to. I think I can still get one online but don't want to buy something I haven't held first.

As I wrote earlier I had pretty much made up my mind to go for the FZ 18, due to very good, reviews and recommendations but then I had a chance to compare the 560 and the fz18. I thought the 18 felt very "plasticy" compared to the Olympus.

As the the guy in the (different) shop said, "you take Pictures with the inside of the camera, not the outside" which is of course correct.

Any opinions?
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Old Dec 9, 2007, 4:05 PM   #22
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As I wrote earlier I had pretty much made up my mind to go for the FZ 18, due to very good, reviews and recommendations but then I had a chance to compare the 560 and the fz18. I thought the 18 felt very "plasticy" compared to the Olympus.

When the SP550 came out, I bought it. It is the nicest feelingcompactdigicam I've ever used, but the AF speed...well...speed isn't the right word. It takes too long to acheive focus in the easiest of light, there were times it wasn't able to achieve focus at all, and reds were pretty anemic.

I saw a lot of comments about the long end being too soft, but I think the main problem there is, at 504mm andthe maximum aperture of f4.5 you're almost into the effects ofdiffraction. As long as I kept the aperture set to f4.5 I had no complaints, but overall, the range of an FZ8 I've used is much sharper than the Olympus lens.

Everything I've seen said about the SP560 from users on the variousOlympus forums, especially at DPReview,is it is better in terms of AF speed, which would be a huge improvement, because it is a great handling camera. The material used on the grip is just wonderful feeling, but I will say, like an E1 I used, it started coming loose withinseveral weeks!
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Old Dec 10, 2007, 3:06 PM   #23
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Thanks for the input Greg.

Right back onto the FZ18 then.
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