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Old Jul 13, 2009, 5:49 PM   #11
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Default Try the Panasonic TZ-7/ZS-3 Camera

You might want to consider the new Panasonic TZ-7/ZS-3 camera for landscapes. Its 22mm wide angle lens is ideal for landscapes. here is a photo sample.

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I just checked and Buydig has the TZ5 for $211 and free shipping. Buydig is reliable. Unfortunately it is the silver model. Blue has a better grip and black is better in bright sunlight. But I could live with the silver.

The TZ5 is a pretty good all round camera for that price. The ZS3 and LX3 are better cameras for landscapes but will cost nearly twice as much.

The TZ5 is a poor camera for panoramas IMO. There is software that will sort out panoramas taken with different exposures and WB, but it is best to take them right in the first place. The LX3 has manual modes and the ZS3 has a panorama mode Ė both will give panoramas with a fixed exposure and WB. The TZ5 has neither, but as mtclimber points out the wide format plus 28mm isnít bad. Microsoft ICE is good free stitching software and will even out WB and exposure differences. It is what I use for my TZ5 in preference to the Photoshop stitching. Panorama Tools is also great but not as easy to use.
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You might want to consider the new Panasonic TZ-7/ZS-3 camera for landscapes. Its 22mm wide angle lens is ideal for landscapes. here is a photo sample.

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The specs say it is 25mm equivalent. I would own one if the price came down to something reasonable.
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That was my slip. Of course, you are correct the wide angle on the TZ-7/ZS-3 is indeed 25mm.

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I just noticed a big price drop on the ZS1, which has the 25mm wide and a panorama mode. Dbuys is selling it for $259 and free shipping. I bought from them a couple years ago and they were reliable. It doesn’t have the nice screen or good movies of the ZS3 or TZ5, but that is a large price change for it and it would make a good landscape camera.
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You might want to check out Dbuys on www.resellerratings.com.

Of it's last 15 consumer comments, 10 give it only one of five checks, a terrible rating.
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You might want to check out Dbuys on www.resellerratings.com.

Of it's last 15 consumer comments, 10 give it only one of five checks, a terrible rating.
Sometimes companies that have been reliable turn crappy when they are about to fail.

Dbuys still look very good on the Pricegrabber ratings. In the past week they have had nine ratings and eight have been the highest with the other just one star off the highest. I have always trusted Pricegrabber and Shopping.com for customer ratings for stores that have thousands of ratings.

One good thing to me about sites like Pricegrabber is that they solicit ratings from customers, so you get a good cross section of purchases.
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...... Dbuys ....... I bought from them a couple years ago and they were reliable.
Reliable?

Really?

Dbuys is a known member of the Broadway Photo Family.

Check the mailing address:

Dbuys.com
2931 Avenue S
Brooklyn, NY 11229


http://www.dbuys.com/tops/dsp_Contact.cfm



And then cross check that address with independant sources:

http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/h0099.htm


http://sheddingsomelight.com/buy-cam...s-bwayfam.html


Reliable?

Please. Due your due diligence before using such words.
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