Anyone Using a Panasonic Lumix 5 DMC-FZ20?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Rod Out back, Dec 16, 2004.

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    Rod Out back Guest

    Folks,

    Subject line says it all. Anyone using one of these cameras? It seems a
    good transition between the Handicam and an SLR digital. I especially like
    the 12x optical zoom, and the image stablization. 5mp is going to be
    adequate for me at this stage.

    They are about $1000Au for the camera, but there is about another $200-$300
    in accessories I would consider as well(SD card, Polarizing Filter if poss.
    & extra Battery). A Canon 300D will cost $1700, and then requires a few
    more accessories to suit me.

    Eventually, I intend to get a Canon 20D and fit it out with a decent couple
    of IS lenses, but I cannot justify the dollars at this stage. It is
    starting to look like the Panasonic might fill the gap for a couple of
    years.

    Any info about the Panasonic FZ-20 gratefully received.

    Cheers,

    Rod.......Out Back
     
    Rod Out back, Dec 16, 2004
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    John Ewing Guest

    Rod, suggest you read this review

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz20/

    Cheers,
    John
     
    John Ewing, Dec 16, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    the forums on dpreview "panasonic talk" have a lot of references to add
    on bits using either the supplied tube or third part lens tubes. You
    don't need a circ polariser either (I believe linear OK),so they are a
    bit cheaper if you want to cut the budget.

    Add ons include the Oly, Canon, Sony teleconverters and wide angle
    converters.

    also
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/fz20.html
     
    Bruce Graham, Dec 16, 2004
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    Rod Out back Guest


    John,

    Thanks for that link; it answered most of what I was trying to find out. Now
    I just need to find out if the speedlite flash from my Canon 300 Rebel will
    work on the hot shoe. However, this site actually made reference to a
    standard of flash interface, so I will just check if the Canon flash uses
    that same standard.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,

    Rod.......Out Back
     
    Rod Out back, Dec 18, 2004
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    Rod Out back Guest

    Bruce,

    Thanks for this info.

    Cheers,

    Rod.......Out Back
     
    Rod Out back, Dec 18, 2004
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    Geoff Guest

    Hi Rod, I got one of these early in October and I am pleased with my
    acquisition. I negotiated an extra battery, 256meg SD card and a polorising
    filter, all together for around $1,000 (SIN$1,100)
    The battery lasts very well (~200 shots, most with flash) and once the
    battery icon starts flashing red, you can get two or three more photos
    before it switches off.

    The optical image stabiliser works well and sharp pictures on full zoom are
    easy to obtain when hand held.

    I am pleased.
     
    Geoff, Dec 20, 2004
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    Rod Out back Guest


    Thanks for the Info, Geoff,

    It looks like the best choice for me at present. All the reviews I have
    read are very positive. Most frustrations are about aspects that I'm not
    all that worried about.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,

    Rod.......Out Back
     
    Rod Out back, Dec 20, 2004
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    Frank Jones Guest

    Have had one for about 6 weeks - haven't had time to really put it
    through its paces yet, but early impressions are A+++;

    Pros:
    * Great lens, will photograph anything from a $2 coin at a distance of
    a couple of cm to distant objects.
    * Image stabilisation works a treat. Took some hand held indoor pics
    without flash of a pub band at 12x zoom & 1/10 sec - lead singer's
    microphone was dead sharp, most blurring was because of subject
    movement. (Set the camera to burst mode and picked out the best one.)
    * Good, natural colour.
    * Quick response.
    * Manual controls / manual focus (good for panorama photography)
    * Hot shoe for external flash (works fine with my Minolta flash, but
    see warning in manual about high trigger voltages on older flashes)

    Cons:
    None really.

    As with most digicams the supplied card is pathetic - I went to a
    computer swap meet and got 2 x 256M SD cards @ $55 ea. High speed
    cards e.g. Kingmax 60x are noticeably faster in use.

    I have since got a 72mm UV filter off eBay for lens protection (other
    third party adaptors available) and will probably also get a second
    battery from the same source ($20-$30).

    Good prices in The Age Green Guide. Not readily available in camera
    shops for some reason, I got "The Good Guys" to price match.

    Two people at the abovementioned pub noticed my camera, both thought
    it was a film SLR and had never thought there were digitals with such
    large lenses!
     
    Frank Jones, Dec 23, 2004
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    Rod Out back Guest

    This is what I am hearing, Frank. It seems like a good step in digitals for
    me. I have 2 spare flashes that suited an old Ricoh, and both show trigger
    voltages of 8.5v, which is well within the max 24v that is acceptable. When
    I get this camera, I will be set for the lighting side of things, anyway. I
    agree about the memory card; 16mb is a joke! However, I would have bought
    an additional card anyway. That lens really appeals to me, and everyone who
    has used it seems to love it.

    Thanks again for your feedback.

    Cheers,

    Rod.......Out Back
     
    Rod Out back, Dec 23, 2004
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