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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   McPaul

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Posted May 18 2006 - 09:30 PM

I just bought a Panasonic DMC-FX01 today and first use will be this weekend to take to a wedding... I bought it because it's small, and offers 28mm lens, those are the two big reasons. Having optical image stabilizer and a 4x zoom are big plusses. Oh, another plus, they gave me a printer to go with it. I've never printed out any pictures before, but I'll give it a try when I get home. It's the HP Deskjet 5940. Is this a decent model? I've heard this cam produces a lot of noise, esp. on higher ISO settings, however I'm not so sure I will notice it. I understand that camera noise can be photoshopped out. Is this an easy process that produces quality results? I've never used Photoshop before. I've got a 2G SD card that's just waiting to be filled!!

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted May 19 2006 - 03:28 AM

Sounds like a nice camera, Paul. I think you will really like the image stabilization (assuming Panasonic implemented it correctly). Just yesterday I received my first image stabilization lens for the Canon Digital Rebel XT dSLR that I bought a couple months ago. This is a 70-300mm Canon telephoto, and I was amazed at the pictures I was able to take handheld at dusk last night.

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Posted July 15 2006 - 02:32 AM

I bought the Rebel XT recently too, Scott. I got the 17-85mm IS lens with it. IS is really nice. I was looking for a second lens for more reach and was really interested in the 70-300 IS you have. But decided against it because of the focusing issue Canon is adressing with the recall. Have you noticed the problem much on yours? I ended up getting the 70-200mm f/4 L. Excellent image quality, but the IS would have been nice. I'm not real steady at 200mm.

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   ManW_TheUncool

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Posted July 15 2006 - 09:46 AM

Do it the old fashion way. Get a monopod for manual IS that works for all your non-IS lenses (across all camera brands). Posted Image

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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted July 15 2006 - 10:55 AM

If you haven't tried image stabilization, Man-Fai, you are missing a nice feature. Monopods and tripods are useful tools, but there are times they are just not practical. With IS, you are always sort of carrying a monopod/tripod. I hike a lot on vacation and do not like to carry a tripod then, so IS is quite useful.

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Posted July 15 2006 - 11:51 AM

I'm glad you haven't had the problem with your 70-300. I'm like you, Scott. We do a lot of hiking on vacation and a tripod is not a good option then. I did buy a monopod since my 70-200 L doesn't have IS. It's more convenient than a tripod but not as convenient as IS. I'm not as steady with the monopod as with IS either. The 17-85mm IS is pretty nice. It's has some distortion at 17mm, but other than that, very sharp, very nice. The other lens I'm looking at is the Canon 100mm f/2.0. I think that would be a good choice for shooting pics at my son's basketball games.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted July 16 2006 - 12:58 AM

That, along with the smaller maximum aperature and higher price, are the main reasons (along with the macro capability) I decided on the Sigma 17-70 instead. However, I have since added the Canon 10-22mm to my bag, so the poorer performance at 17mm would not be as big an issue now.

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Posted July 18 2006 - 06:34 AM


Oh, I have no doubt that IS will often be more practical. I was mainly just suggesting the alternative of monopod as better than nothing at all since Bryan already owns the 70-200 f/4L.

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RE: IS working better than monopod (when the latter is useable). Since you went w/ a lens that offers larger aperture than the IS option, I suspect the effectiveness of the combo of lens + monopod will be very close, if not the same. Of course, this assumes that you don't need the extra DoF of a particular aperture you'd otherwise use on the IS lens. OTOH, it's not like IS will help you stop action like the extra stop that the non-IS f/4 telezoom would.

Anyway, for myself, I prefer to go w/ the better/faster glass first before going for IS even though I hate to lug a tripod and would also prefer to leave the monopod at home as well. I guess if I could afford it, I'd add something like the Nikon 18-200mm VR on top of better glass to cover the same range for travel-lite IS-enabled shooting. Posted Image OTOH, I'd probably want to upgrade to the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR first before doing something like that. Posted Image

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