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Old Feb 21, 2010, 12:08 PM   #41
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I had the FZ28 for about a year. I have had the Pentax K-x for about 3 months. If I had to take one of these two to Costa Rica on a vacation, I would probably take the FZ28. It's very light. It has slightly more zoom range than the two lenses combined (18-55mm, 55-300mm) being offered in two lens kits from Amazon. The Pentax would have a range of about 27-450mm, while the FZ28 would go from 27-486mm. The FZ28 (and FZ35) would probably focus slightly more slowly than the K-x. It won't do as well in low light though it's not bad up to ISO 800. The Pentax, in my experience has pretty good image quality all the way to ISO 3200. The FZ28/FZ35 is, however, quieter. Overall, it's just much easier pull out at a moment's notice and start shooting.
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 12:28 PM   #42
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I agree 100%. In good light the speed and the light weight of the FZ-35 is very hard to beat.

Have a great day.

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 5:33 PM   #43
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Thanks everyone for your help and input. I have placed an order for the FZ35 and it should arrive later this week. Hopefully it will be a keeper! I admit that with all the new cameras being announced almost by the minute, it was quite difficult not to focus on the new crop of superzooms.

While I'm waiting for the FZ35 to arrive, I hope to spend a little time getting more familiar with the pdf manual. Impressions to follow ...

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 7:23 PM   #44
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Congratulations, jazzer!

You have made a good choice. Have fun with your new camera.

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 7:47 PM   #45
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yes, enjoy Jazzer. i am sure the FZ35 will compliment well as a travel cam
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 7:59 PM   #46
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Congrats on the panny. I sure it will record allot of beautiful memories for you.
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I'm with you Tullio. DSLRs can be very disruptive on family vacations. Mine stays home.
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Old Feb 22, 2010, 8:36 AM   #48
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I'm a little late to the thread, and I can't give you much in the way of advice on particular cameras, but I can give you a little information on Costa Rica.

It is unbelievably humid! We had a very active 2 week vacation that included hiking (mountain, beach and rainforest, horseback riding, white water rafting, boating and zip-lining). The elements can be really tough, so plan ahead for you and your camera.
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simple put bring silica packs to keep the humidity from settling and causing fungus growth on the lens and camera when storing the camera.
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Thanks again everyone.
I'll look into getting some silica packs ... and I'll leave the cameras somewhere safe if I'm in the water.

Luke, If you have any suggestions for Costa Rica tours, accomodations, etc., please send me a PM. I'm still in the planning stages.

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