Camera for a beginner discussion
I just noticed the Nikon 7000 thread. Did not know there were so many experts here. Just when I had already bought a camera. Darn.
Anyways, all I've ever had is basic point and shooters. I have about 4 on the go. Best one is an old lumix dmc tz1.
Recently I've gotten the urge to do a little more so I started researching cameras - reading reviews and such. I'm thinking of amateur photography as one retirement project as I am getting up there and will need activities.
So I bought a Lumix dmc fz40k. Newegg.ca had them on for $279 over the weekend. I was quite taken by the pointandshoot superzooms. Contenders were the Canon sx30 and Fuji hs20 but they are a lot more money for similar performance and results. I figured the lumix was a good step up instead of going expensive dlsr right off the bat. Strange, the Nikon contender had shitty reviews - don't remember the model.
I was also intrigued by the Olympus Pen offering for entry level dlsr but they are $500 plus.
The camera world is a big world.
license to chill
I have its predecessor the FZ35 and love it. Like you I'm also just moving up from a point and shoot and wanted to see how much use I would get out of something more advanced before jumping into a costly multiple lens setup.
It's not meant to be pro-level but the all-in-one focal range with easy portability and raw shooting is a really great value I think. I did a lot of research and am very happy with my purchase.
I've had a couple days to play with my fz40. Pretty happy with the results. I've barely scratched the surface as far as options go. Good selection of presets - easy to access.
Amazing image stabilization with this camera. Free hand, full zoom pictures are very good.
Love the hd video. Quality is great and full zoom also works. The sound is impressive with the stereo mic.
Its a keeper.
You can take my 20D w/85mm 1.8 for $600...sure the camera is a little older but it still performs well and matched with the 85mm it doesnt get any better...moving to full frame!...all this and it could be yours if the price is right.
Beautiful photos zacm!
Your camera is a 100 mph camera for a 5 mph brain, in my case.
The hardware is nice but one has to know how to use it. You do.
From my GF-1. Non post processed. These images may be a little grainy, that's because I pulled these off my facebook account. I can upload some nicer ones tonight.
The EP-L1, EP-2 and GF1 use the micro four thirds technology. the premise is to package as large a sensor as possible into a small camera. To do that, they eliminated the complex light paths used in DSLRs. If you want a DSLR experience, I reocommend the GF-1 as all the buttons and dials to do DSLR like stuff is readily accessible while on the Olympus cameras, you may have to do some button pressed before you get to where you want to be. DSLR guys will know what I'm talking about.
All the usual shooting parameters are full adjustable or fully automatic. We're talking ISO, aperture, shutter speed, flash sync, shooting modes (continuous, bracketed, timed) even focus. You could shoot in RAW or jpeg and even shoot in cropped aspect ratios. For GF-1, you could film in 720p continuous where as the Olympus ones are only 7 minutes max. GF-1 even has an HDMI port.
Last edited by CanaganD; 03-06-2011 at 11:32 AM.
Those are beautiful city shots canagan. I'm stuck with trees, rocks, squirrels, and water where I live. Got some great squirrel shots today ... ha ha.
I saw the Olympus when I was shopping earlier and the gf1 is an amazing camera. I will keep all the recommendations in mind when I pass my cheapo lumix on to the wife. She's already eying it up.