Advice, please

Discussion in 'Photography' started by PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 3, 2013.


    PeterN Guest

    That's an easy mistake to make. I make a point of reading the specs as
    stated by the manufacturer. I have learned to look at reviews with a
    jaundiced eye.
    PeterN, May 7, 2013
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  2. Thank you all for your help.
    I was unable to find the Panasonic to try it out, and rather than wait
    until my next trip to civilisation I have opted for the Canon SX50.
    Very nice it is too - I think it will be more than enough for my needs,
    and it was well within my budget.
    Naturally, the feature that I've been playing around with for the last
    few hours is the zoom. It really is astonishing.

    Now, back to the manual........
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 9, 2013
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    John Turco Guest

    You've made a very wise decision. The Canon "PowerShot SX50 HS" is
    probably the best "super zoom" camera presently available, overall.

    Good luck and happy snapping!

    John Turco, May 10, 2013

    BobA Guest

    Congratulations. While I think the FZ200 is a
    better camera, the SX50 may well have been the
    better choice. Many Canon cameras can do something
    that no other manufacturer's cameras can -- run
    additional software on the camera to give it
    extreme functionality. I'm speaking about CHDK
    <>, and there is an SX50 port.
    You should definitely look into it. This is huge
    selling point for Canon cameras.

    BobA, May 10, 2013

  5. Thanks, John.

    It is undoubtedly a very good camera, and I'm slowly getting to grips
    with it. A proper manual focus would make it better still. To focus on
    a bird in the undergrowth is something I haven't yet been able to do.
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 16, 2013
  6. I agree. I've had advice from a number of people who all told me that
    the FZ200 was the better camera in various ways. But not being able to
    handle one without a delay of several months was rather off-putting, and
    although I'm not exclusively interested in birds, that huge zoom on the
    Canon was so tempting.
    I am delighted with it but still have to discover how to be more precise
    with the focus in tricky situations. I guess that problem applies to
    most compact superzoom cameras, but I'm sure it can be resolved.
    Buying gear can be difficult here. Panasonics exist, but there aren't
    many of them. It's all Canon, Sony and Nikon.
    Accessories are equally awkward to find. Most enthusiasts shop online,
    and that's how I'll be buying any accessories that I need, but I wasn't
    really up for buying the camera online.

    I've been looking into CHDK and it's very interesting.
    More study required!
    PAUL {HAMILTON} ROONEY, May 16, 2013
  7. Find out how good or bad the resolution really is at 1200mm,
    especially handheld and with higher ISO.

    You may want a walking stick-cum-monopod or something like
    that to reduce shake at such extreme lengths, even with IS.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 16, 2013

    BobA Guest

    With some careful thought and luck, it might be
    possible to write a CHDK script that helps with
    the manual focusing problem. In the mean time
    though, you'll probably have the best luck with
    the smallest spot auto-focus. Good luck and good

    BobA, May 16, 2013
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