Advice needed: Anyone used a Panasonic FX50K?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by dabhand, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. dabhand

    dabhand Guest

    I saw one of these at costco for $330 or such. Anyone with anything to
    say about it who's actually used one? It has a Leica lens and they
    make splendid binoculars so that's a good indication, right?
    The package I saw has 7.2Mp and comes with 512MB memory, battery and
    docking station charger, wires ect.
    I'm just getting back into the hobby after about 20 years. My last
    camera was an entry level Pentax K1000 SLR and I'm wondering if
    someone can answer a few questions about the newer technology.
    I have a laptop pc with usb, firewire and wifi and an HP Officejet
    5610xi All-in-One printer.
    1) Can you do B&W with a digital camera?
    2) This is some kind of folded lens? Are there drawbacks to that
    should concern anyone?
    3) It sounds like it does macro, wide angle, medium and telephoto
    lengths. Is this correct?
    4) We used to have various lens filters for color and effects- this is
    all done in post with some kind of software now, correct? Any comments
    on how they compare?
    5) Can you control the depth of field manually, to get a sharp focus
    foreground and a diffuse background?
    Here's the best no nonsense specs I could find but I'm not sure what
    they all mean.
    http://www.lyd-billed.dk/piz.asp?id=220&aID=8523
    Thanks for your time.
     
    dabhand, Nov 13, 2006
    #1
    1. Advertising

  2. dabhand

    Cgiorgio Guest

    "dabhand" <> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
    news:...
    >I saw one of these at costco for $330 or such. Anyone with anything to
    > say about it who's actually used one? It has a Leica lens and they
    > make splendid binoculars so that's a good indication, right?
    > The package I saw has 7.2Mp and comes with 512MB memory, battery and
    > docking station charger, wires ect.
    > I'm just getting back into the hobby after about 20 years. My last
    > camera was an entry level Pentax K1000 SLR and I'm wondering if
    > someone can answer a few questions about the newer technology.
    > I have a laptop pc with usb, firewire and wifi and an HP Officejet
    > 5610xi All-in-One printer.
    >

    1) Can you do B&W with a digital camera?
    Yes you can, but you can also shoot in colour and use an image editing
    program to convert (just set color saturation to zero)

    > 2) This is some kind of folded lens? Are there drawbacks to that
    > should concern anyone?


    It takes some time to extend the lens after switching on the camera

    > 3) It sounds like it does macro, wide angle, medium and telephoto
    > lengths. Is this correct?


    talking in 35 mm equivalent focal lengths it goes from 28 .. 102 mm.
    Panasonic has other cameras in their range going up to 12 x zoom.

    > 4) We used to have various lens filters for color and effects- this is
    > all done in post with some kind of software now, correct? Any comments
    > on how they compare?


    Except for polariser and UV filters, you can simulate filters in many image
    editors.

    > 5) Can you control the depth of field manually, to get a sharp focus
    > foreground and a diffuse background?


    You have rather limited manual setting capabilities in this model, if you
    want manual creative control, look for the FZ- series, you may also need a
    longer focal length to get a noticeable effect for other than close-up
    shots.

    > Here's the best no nonsense specs I could find but I'm not sure what
    > they all mean.
    > http://www.lyd-billed.dk/piz.asp?id=220&aID=8523


    You can also download complete user manuals from Panasonic websites (for
    example Panasonic.co.uk) under "Support".

    > Thanks for your time.
     
    Cgiorgio, Nov 13, 2006
    #2
    1. Advertising

  3. dabhand

    RichG Guest

    For almost the same $$$ you can buy Canon; Nikon; Sony; Kodak AND Panasonic
    digital cameras with 12 x telephoto; full manual OR auto controls; and 6
    mgp.

    I happen to own the Sony DSC-H2 (Carl Zeiss lens) but ....putting the
    particular manufacturer aside...I think that the 12 x telephoto is the BEST
    choice.... I ....could possibly have made in that price range. It is
    amazing how quickly I can get "into" a scene, even though I might be up in
    the stands at a football game, or still in the car trying to get a shot of a
    deer standing near-by.

    I, like you, also just returned to active picture taking and, obviously,
    like this choice a little bit better...for under $400.00 brand new. A
    number of these cameras are on display at your local Wal-Mart. Pick a few
    up and see if they fit your needs.

    regards, RichG
     
    RichG, Nov 17, 2006
    #3
    1. Advertising

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. Home Theatre Guy

    Camera that can be used as webcam needed.

    Home Theatre Guy, Jun 29, 2006, in forum: Digital Cameras
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    1,425
    Androo
    Jun 29, 2006
  2. TDK MiniDV Tape used in Panasonic PV-GS70 Camcorder ?

    , Aug 21, 2003, in forum: Professional Video Production
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    384
    Mike Rehmus
    Sep 4, 2003
  3. dabhand

    Advice needed: Anyone used a Panasonic FX50K?

    dabhand, Nov 11, 2006, in forum: Panasonic Lumix
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    494
    Rudy Benner \(All_Thumbs\)
    Nov 11, 2006
  4. Joseph Miller
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    203
    Rolf Egil Sølvik
    Jan 13, 2004
  5. Paul in Houston TX
    Replies:
    4
    Views:
    385
Loading...

Share This Page