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Old Mar 27, 2009, 3:04 PM   #11
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For the hockey games, I was in the upper deck, about6 rowsup so it was a pretty good distance away. The college basketball game was in a much smaller arena, but I was still around half-way up.

The lens on the FZ28 is very fast at f2.8-4.4. A 489mm f4.4 tele lens is pretty darn fast, and the JPEG engine on the FZ28 does a decent job. I shot the hockey images RAW, but experimenting later I have found shooting JPEG and upping the noise filter to a +1 works pretty darn well for ISO 800 and 1600images...probably as well or better than I did processing the RAW files and having to manually work out the noise reduction. They'll never be as good as you could get with a DSLR and an f2.8 tele zoom, but the FZ28 doesn't set you back $3,000 either!
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Old Mar 29, 2009, 12:02 AM   #12
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i like the lumix
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 7:38 AM   #13
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Greg, you've really sold me on this one. I think I'm going to pick one up today. Is it difficult to get the setting perfect for sports events? This is my first 'real' digital camera.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 9:23 AM   #14
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I have the FZ28, too. It does well indoors for a superzoom. You can experiment with the ISO in shutter and manual modes to maximize image quality. This camera will get into arenas and stadiums which won't allow DSLR's with big zoom lenses in.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 9:27 AM   #15
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Hey, thanks robbo! Do you think this camera is okay for a novice like me? And where did you find a good bag? Thanks so much!
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Yes, even a novice can take good pictures with this camera. However, you will take better pictures more often when you have learned more about the available camera settings are and how they work.

To telll the truth, I got a cheap but decent bag from the Ross discount clothing store nearby.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 10:47 AM   #17
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My main concern right now is taking action pictures in stadiums and indoor arenas. I just want to get pretty good, clear pictures.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 1:39 PM   #18
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Greg, you've really sold me on this one. I think I'm going to pick one up today. Is it difficult to get the setting perfect for sports events? This is my first 'real' digital camera.
It really isn't too difficut.

First, I'd forget the sports mode. You need to have the fastest possible shutter speed to shoot sports and the easiest way to do that is to set the camera to "A", which is aperture priority mode, and set the fastest aperture available, which is f2.8 at the wide end. Once that is set, as you zoom in and the lens slowly slows from f2.8 to f4.4, the camera will automatically make those changes. You can also just use "P", which is program mode. In darker settingsand night-time orin an indoorstadiumthe camera will pretty much aways set the aperture wide open anyway.

In the menu system you have the ability to set the range of ISO settings you'll let the camera choose in Auto ISO. I almostalways keep my FZ28 in Auto ISO and have ISO 800 as the ceiling, and I have all the image quality parameters (sharpening, noise reduction, contrast, etc)set to zero as I like those settings, but you'll want to experiment to see what you like best. When I shoot sports I'll always set the ISO myself to either ISO 800 or 1600 (whichever gives thebest shutter speed/image quality combinationfor what you are trying to shoot)and up the noise reduction to +1, but try various settings yourself and see what you like.

I'll send you some more information on the AF system and how you can easily use manual focus for sports with this camera a littlelater when I have more time to say everything I want to say. It's easier than you think, andby manually focusing you cancut waydown on the lag between the time you press the release and the picture is actually taken.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 1:49 PM   #19
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For $300 or less I don't think there is a better superzoom in low light. If you want to spend a couple hundred more, you might try the Fuji S100fs or the new Sony DSC-HX1.

A lot will depend on the light in the arenas you are in. I was in an NBA arena in Seattle which was fairly well lit. The pictures I took with a Fuji S5200 were ok for me, but weren't going to get published in a magazine. The FZ28 has optical image stabilization, which the F5200 didn't.

I took pictures of a Seahawks afternoon football game in early November. I got some decent shots especially of the quarterbacks being rushed. DSLR's with good zoom lenses would be better because they track better/faster, but they are much bigger, heavier, more expensive, and sometimes don't get past gate guards.

I think you will like your new camera. Be sure to post some pictures when you get a chance.


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One thing you need to watch out for is in some stadiums and some professional events unless you have a press badge for the slidelines etc they won't allow longer telephoto lenses in. Their are several posts here that talk about this issue and one is about the upcoming olympics and the long lens restrections for that.

At UVA (Charlottesville VA) and for JPA events (indoor basketball and concert venue) doesn't allow anithing over 200mm in. Unless your press of course but them you have accessto the sidelines etc. Don't know about Scotts Stadium but for baseball/softball fields they will allow anything as far as I know.

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