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Panasonic DMC-FZ1000/FZ2500

Chris2500dk

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Dec 22, 2011
104
Copenhagen, Denmark
I've also picked up a FZ1000 recently, and I'm really starting to enjoy it.
Took a bit of time to accept that it's never going to have the pixel level quality of my Sigma DP2M, but it doesn't really need to, this is a tool for other situations.

As a camera I like it a lot better than my A6000. The EVF is better, the controls are better and I don't have to scratch my head over which lenses to bring.

Here's a couple of shots from the Zoo.

Regal lion
by Christian Hass Jensen, on Flickr


Prairie dog portrait
by Christian Hass Jensen, on Flickr


Wolf
by Christian Hass Jensen, on Flickr
 

Petach

Hall of Famer
Oct 22, 2011
123
UK, Essex
Sue. Hi, Pleased you are at peace with this camera. You are getting the best out of it. I am in Assisi at present and using it a lot......especially for slow motion shots. Also used it for landscape, street and nights. After some misgivings I am beginning to enjoy it.

It is coming to Australia with me in July as my main shooter.

Will post shots soon. Only have iPad with me with limited memory left.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Loving this cam. Pete, I think you'll find its all you need when travelling. Its a great compromise between the heavy gear and the tiny pocket stuff.

Here's one from this morning, couldnt get near my usual place for shooting at Newcastle Harbour, all the streets were closed off for the Mother's Day Classic fun run. Bad luck if you are unable to walk the mile to the beach from the nearest parking area (EIGHT parking lots became unavailable because of a few runners.) RUDE and completely inappropriate and forgetful of the disabled. [end rant]

So I went elsewhere.

This, from Strzlecki Lookout.

Sunrise
by Sue Wotton, on Flickr
 
Dec 29, 2013
124
Switzerland
I find it rather peculiar that no real showcase thread has emerged yet (at least I can't find one ...); maybe we can revive this one ...

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I find the camera surprisingly rewarding to work with; the only catch being the choosy AF (i.e. if it finds contrast edges, it's lightning fast, if it doesn't, it refuses to do anything, even switch to MF with "AF/MF" enabled ... you can only "post-MF" if a AF target has been acquired) that made me give up on a couple of cloudscapes ... The files handle very well in post - not :mu43: well, but almost; in particular, highlight recovery is quite good by comparison, shadow recovery is solid, but doesn't quite compare.

M.
 
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kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
I've really enjoyed having mine. Its going to be a keeper (mind you, seems like they all are, for me). Its the one I pick up before I consider anything else. I don't print anymore, so no real need to use anything "better".

This fellow was in the top of a gumtree across the road. It came out fairly well all things considered.

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kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Thread title changed, reflecting Matt's comment of last August. Maybe nobody is into it now but I still am, when I get out. I've added the FZ2500 into the title as well, don't want to be exclusive ;-)
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Out and about on Sunday Morning with the FZ1000. Still the first camera I pick up when I go out.

Sufr Rescue. The guy in the middle had to be pulled out of the ocean. Rip? no idea.
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Surf Rescue spectator
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Surf Rescue supervisor? who knows...
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Aug 7, 2011
124
Jersey Shore
Glad you're still at it with this camera, Sue. I actually picked up a brand-new FZ1000 for US$499 on an Amazon.com Gold Box Deal last September. I used it as a second camera at my niece's at-home wedding. I needed something that was easy to operate that I could hand to another niece as a B camera. It worked out fine and I was surprised at how pleasant the FZ1000 is to handle and operate. The model may be a few years old but it clearly still delivers the goods.
 

kyteflyer

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Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Glad you're still at it with this camera, Sue. I actually picked up a brand-new FZ1000 for US$499 on an Amazon.com Gold Box Deal last September. I used it as a second camera at my niece's at-home wedding. I needed something that was easy to operate that I could hand to another niece as a B camera. It worked out fine and I was surprised at how pleasant the FZ1000 is to handle and operate. The model may be a few years old but it clearly still delivers the goods.
Its absolutely fine for nearly all my photography. A few years old doesnt matter to me at all, and as long as it continues to behave, I'll keep using it. The only replacement I would (maybe) consider would be one of the later RX10s, with the 600mm lens and environmental sealing... but I dont *need* that, and I sure can't afford one. I've no desire to upgrade to the 2500, I'm not into video at all so it would be wasted on me.

Thanks for your remarks, Steve :)
 

tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
I went for my first walk with the FZ2500. It will take some practice to get used to the controls, but my first impression is positive. AF does hunt a bit in shadow areas, but it locks on quickly in the light. I used the 4K photo mode, as it was rather breezy. The first red flower image is SOOC except for resizing. I used FastStone to do some light PP on the others. Take a look at the two images with the bee and beetle. One was lightly sharpened, one not.

I did something I haven't done in years. I set the camera to center-weighted metering and single point AF, set the mode dial on P, and went at it. The camera did fine. The birds on the feeder were in heavy shade, so the detail isn't as clear as I'd like, but I have no complaints. I like this camera.

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Jock Elliott

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Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
I went for my first walk with the FZ2500. It will take some practice to get used to the controls, but my first impression is positive. AF does hunt a bit in shadow areas, but it locks on quickly in the light. I used the 4K photo mode, as it was rather breezy. The first red flower image is SOOC except for resizing. I used FastStone to do some light PP on the others. Take a look at the two images with the bee and beetle. One was lightly sharpened, one not.

I did something I haven't done in years. I set the camera to center-weighted metering and single point AF, set the mode dial on P, and went at it. The camera did fine. The birds on the feeder were in heavy shade, so the detail isn't as clear as I'd like, but I have no complaints. I like this camera.

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Looks good to me!

Cheers, Jock
 

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