Manual Focus Question (Lumix vs. Dig. Rebel)

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Anthony C, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Anthony C

    Anthony C Guest

    Are there any digital cams out there that have *good* manual focus
    capabilites, but are not quite as expensive as the digital SLRs? I'm just
    an amateur who enjoys taking nature pics, so I'm not sure if i can justify
    spending $600+ on a camera, but most of my "subjects" tend to be wild
    animals, and they are usually well-covered by (at least a few) tree
    branches, which causes fuzzy shots do to the autofocus focusing on the
    foreground vs. subject.

    I found the Panasonic Lumix FZ-20, and that's currently my primary option,
    but hardly any of the reviews seem to mention the manual focus option. My
    other option is to save up for a Canon Digital Rebel body. I already own a
    RebelX, and have a few lenses that I think would work. However, the Lumix
    is available for $475 and the Dig. Rebel is still $750+, which to my curernt
    budget is a huge difference. I have managed with an Olympus C700 for a few
    years, but it is time to upgrade. Are there any other digital cameras in
    the $400-$600 range that have a passable manual focus feature?

    Thank you,
    Anthony C, Nov 23, 2004
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    JB Guest

    Canon S1 IS?
    Just bought one for my wife's b'day and it is amazing. We were looking at
    the Oly 765/775 but the Canon is a nicer piece of kit all round.
    (£212.50+VAT on Ebuyer so probably much cheaper where you are?)

    JB, Nov 23, 2004
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  3. Anthony C

    Anthony C Guest


    Is the 4x increased size (middle portion) enough for you to get an accurate
    and crisp/sharp focus? My main worry was since the camera has an EVF that I
    wasn't going to get the clarity to get a crisp focus.

    Do you have any sample shots on the web somewhere that you've taken with
    your FZ10? I was quite thrilled with all the features of the FZ20, but I
    still haven't seen any actual photos, especially not ones using manual focus

    Thank you,
    Anthony C, Nov 23, 2004
  4. Larry Gorbet wrote:
    The FZ20 functions just as you describe - manual focus is a treat. Their
    system should be standard on all ZLRs!

    David J Taylor, Nov 23, 2004
  5. I'm not Larry, but yes! The focus snaps in and out quite clearly.

    David J Taylor, Nov 23, 2004
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    Tight spot metering may also be valuable to you, allowing you
    to get some autofocus shots where a bigger focus area won't work.

    However I don't know which cameras have the best spot metering.

    Alan Meyer, Nov 24, 2004
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    dj_nme Guest

    My Minolta 7i is exactly like that, but it also has a mechanical zoom ring.
    I find the mechanical zoom ring much easier to use (as it can be
    smoothly and not "stepped" like the electrical zooms) and the EVF is
    almost usable (for focusing) without the 4x electronic mag of the centre
    part of the image.

    I would guess that the KM Dimage A2 would be almost ideal, as the
    640x480 (full colour pixel count) EVF would make manual focus easy and
    the f 1:2.8-3.5 lens at 28mm to 200mm [35mm equiv] gives a noticably
    shallow depth of focus.
    dj_nme, Nov 24, 2004
  8. Not meaning to be nit-picking, but spot metering is something different
    from auto-focus.

    Metering (spot, centre-weighted or whatever) is what determines the

    A tight auto-focus spot might help get "between the leaves", but I suspect
    you'd take far longer making small adjustments to the view, half-pressing
    the shutter to lock the focus and framing correctly that you'd be better
    with the manual focus option.

    Graham Holden (g-holden AT dircon DOT co DOT uk)
    Graham Holden, Nov 24, 2004
  9. Anthony C

    Alan Meyer Guest

    You're right Graham. It must have been a (hopefully) temporary brain
    spasm. I should have said spot focusing.

    Alan Meyer, Nov 25, 2004
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