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Old Jul 24, 2009, 5:19 PM   #31
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Sarah Joyce,
Thanks for the pictures, they are really good. I have officially packed the Olympus back in the box, and am sending it back. I just could not "bond" with it. I have been looking for the Panasonic FZ28, but can't find it anywhere. Best Buy has the Nikon P90, and the Sony and Canon, but not the Panasonic.

Anyone know where I might find one?

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The FZ-28 is rather hard to find right now. www.amazon.com seems to have it at $(US) 379.95. I have read posts from other folks who are grabbing the telephone and the yellow pages and locating a FZ-28 that way.

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Old Jul 24, 2009, 7:20 PM   #33
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You might want to look at the reviews on the Sony HX-1 camera. It is a pretty unique camera, but it does have some very interesting feature that you might like. It has 20X optical zoom, that is 28mm to 560mm, in 35mm terms.

I had the camera on loan from Sony for about a week between teaching contracts. I was impressed with the camera and its features overall. But I saw it as a first stab at the issue. The Sony HX-1 was produced to compete with the Canon SX-10. Both cameras use a CMOS imager in place of a standard, and very, very small CCD imager.

Personally I think that the HX-1 does more things to take advanatge of that new CMOS imager, than the Canon SX-1 does. So Sony gets a thumbs up from me for their effort. There is a lot to like about the Sony HX-1, but there is still a lot of potential in that CMOS imager that has not yet been successfuly tapped.

www.amazon.com has the Sony HX-1 camera at $(US) 419.95, which is the lowest price that I have seen for the Sony HX-1 camera. I like www.amazon.com because of their 30 day no questions asked return policy.

I will leave it at that, Suzie. Take a look at the camera reviews, the Sony HX-1, or Sony H-50 might work for you if you cannot find a Panasonic FZ-28. I was pressed for time, when I initially evaluated the Sony HX-1 camera. Quite honestly, because the Sony HX-1 offers so many very unique features, such as the Twilight Mode, the 10 fps Burst speed, and the Automatic Panorama Mode, I will probably return to the Sony HX-1 later this summer for a second look at the camera, between teaching cntracts when we have more time at home. At www.amazon.com the Sony HX-1 price has dropped to $419.95, which makes it a bit more attractive, price-wise.

Here also, is the promised Sony HX-1 photo sample.

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Sarah Joyce,

That Sony HX1 does have alot of neat features. I will look into that one.

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Thanks, Suzie-

For going the extra mile. I sincerely believe that in your case, the Sony HX-1 is worth a good look.

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Suzie-

As you have already seen, I sincerely believe that the Sony HX-1 offers some very unique and amazing features. I am quite honestly not sure, that that makes the Sony HX-1 my #! choice in ultra zooms. But it is certainly a camera that is worth seriously considering.

Please just read the reviews and then make your own decision.

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Hi Greg-

Well I had a delivery problem. There was no way to receive the E-620 before we have to depart on another teaching contract on Monday, 07/28/09. So the E-620 is going to have to wait until we return on 08/15.

I will be interested to hear about your personal evaluation and experience with the E-620.

Sarah Joyce
Very cool little camera!

I drove over to Arlington Camera this morning and picked up my body-only purchase. Tried buying an extra battery but they didn't have one, which is OK as I'll probably be buying the accessory grip too for when I want to use it with the 12-60 and 50-200 SWD Zuikos.

Spent much of the afternoon figuring out my settings. Taking it to the horse track tomorrow for the final day of live racing for the summer session.
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That's a very positive report, Greg-

Enjoy your new baby! I hope you get some great photos at the track tomorrow. Have a great time. Today is packing day for us. We drive to Portland tomorrow and willbe on a plan Tuesday. This is a short contract, we should be back by 17 August.

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