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Old May 17, 2004, 9:06 PM   #1
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Here's a snapshot I took today in the Pinyon Pine/Juniper habitat of western Colorado near Colbran. Taken with my new Panasonic FZ-10, hand held at about 4 meters. Though overcast, I was shooting up into the light through a 'hole' in the branches to the back side of a Rocky Mountain Juniper where the bird was hiding.

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Old May 17, 2004, 11:10 PM   #2
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Beautiful shot Hummer! If you keep that camera on low ISO you'll have loads of fun with it. Congrats on the purchase.
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An excelent result hand held :!: I like the colour but I wonder about the forehead an bill, is it slightly outside of the depth of field ?

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Old May 18, 2004, 7:45 AM   #4
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I'd never seen a mountain bluebird before (they are very rarely around where I am) so I had to look them up. Nice shot. Good exposure against the bright sky.

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Old May 18, 2004, 6:59 PM   #5
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Graham, at about 18 feet the x-shaped spot meter sight fully covered the bird and I am relying on the camera to focus, but it might not be a focus issue. Even at 12x zoom, the photo is cropped significantly and the remaining pixels reduced by a factor of about 10 for posting here.

I am quickly becoming disallusioned by the LCD and EVF viewfinders because I can barely see the subject bird let alone determine precise focus. With my progressive lens glasses, the EVF is virtually useless and the manual focus unusable. I can remove my glasses to see both screens better but still, finding a small bird in a large scene is not easy. It amazes me that I'm still having good success but I want a true through the lens viewer and the compact Leica IS 12x zoom lens as on this FZ-10.

Norm, I noticed my ISO was set at 100 for this photo, so I have reset to 50 for some new bluebird shots which I took today, along with the towhee and gnatcatcher. Will post them separately. Thanks,

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Great capture esp given that camera could have easily focused on something nearby other than the bird!


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Old May 19, 2004, 10:31 PM   #7
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Hummer, I love the FZ10 but never go above ISO 50. If I can't shoot at ISO 50 I simply stop shooting rather than download dissapointing product. I think you'll be quite happy with ISO 50 shooting. I have no trouble dealing with this. I simply accept the fact that there is a time limit and light limit to shooting with the camera. Considering the benefits (tiny, considering zoom range), I'm happy to abide within these boundaries.

PS - I use the button on the left of the lens that, when pushed down, auto focusus immediately. However, today it went on the fritz and I have to push it back up to manual. I may have gotten some dust in the gear or something but it's a bit frustrating since I use that means of focus quite a bit. Just a heads up on that since you have the camera. You may find that that gear quits on you if you tend to use it quite a bit. I'm still on warrenty so I'll probably send it back to get fixed when I get my Rebel back.
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