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Old Nov 15, 2011, 2:05 PM   #21
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I called all over and no one had the Lumix for me to play with so I just went ahead and ordered it on Amazon LOL! At least they have a good return policy... No hopefully I get that ebay auction up to $375 and I will be close Thanks everyone for your help!
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 3:12 PM   #22
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I'm sure you'll be happy with your choice. Don't forget to keep us up to date with thoughts and pictures....
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 8:57 PM   #23
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congrats - it's a great camera with a lot to offer.

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I called all over and no one had the Lumix for me to play with so I just went ahead and ordered it on Amazon LOL! At least they have a good return policy... No hopefully I get that ebay auction up to $375 and I will be close Thanks everyone for your help!
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 9:46 PM   #24
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Just out of the box I love the weight and feel of it PHEW!!!
Trying out some iA shots tonight
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 9:40 AM   #25
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Please update the the tread with your clicks.
How much you paid to Amazon ?
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 8:37 AM   #26
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No time to read all post but have an idea we should see soon..
and SX40 may already have it.

In technical lab use the 'cameras' I use take many , 100's of shots,
then combine them to average the data.

The SX40 has an ability to take 5 (I think) shots and combine them to
select the low, mid and highlights thus giving a wider signal to noise (1)
and dynamic (lowest to brightest signals) range.

Since 5 shots mean 'time for 5 shots' and the need to line each one up.
I thought.. why not take as many, shots using sections of the sensor?

It would be similar to saying , split the sensor into 20 sections and direct
the important (2) part of the photo to the sensor and then overlap , combine,
average, and thus get a better photo of that important area.

That's what the averaging of 5 shots is doing. I've not used the feature but
if you'll look up.. how astronomers shoot multiple shots then combine them
(they were doing it with film at home in the 1960's) one can get
bright and dim sky shots all on the same photo.

I don't have the name of this feature in the SX40. But it's the right direction
to go. If we want better photos one way is to take many shots of the same
scene and combine them.

Registax is a software that might help you understand the, what, of the
subject. It's not what I recommend however.

Here are some examples of what one can get when overlaying bright
images with dim ones.

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthread...32194&page=all

The effect is not just for astronomy. Imagine how well it would work for
security work, night shots, and dozens of dark scenes.

In your car, at night, driving, multiple cameras could combine images
so that overly bright lights don't wash out the small animal in the road
ahead. By combining a bright image with a dim one and adjusting both
so they , both, supply important image data , the viewer can see 'everything'.

If you really want to learn about better photography.. you'll take time to
review the method.. even though it will be automatic someday soon.. you'll
be ahead if you understand why it's done and how it can be done.
thus if one wanted only a small bit of a photo for forensics work (2) the
one shot

(1) s/n is the key 'thing' we look for in nearly all our electronics now a days

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Old Nov 22, 2011, 6:59 AM   #27
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best options : (super zooms, 35x and 30x )
Canon SX40 HS
SONY HX100V
for stabilization ,work with tripod !
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 5:16 AM   #28
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Dear Sahara,

Please wait ..... until the new Fuji bridge comes out, I just bought an X10 and have also used Panasonic FZ18, FZ100, LX3 and LX5, the X10 kicks all of them into the next street.

Here's why .... ISO3200 28mm, F4.0, 1/680 sec, -2/3 EV



And here's a 100% crop from the above



None of the other cameras I have used can get anywhere near this.

Good luck and best wishes

Jim

[edit] They've done it !!!! http://fujifilm-x.com/x-s1/en/
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