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Panasonic FZ200 Announced

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Djarum, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Well, I'm not sure how I could over look this:

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Hands-on Preview: Digital Photography Review


    Constant f2.8 throughout the zoom range, from 28mm to 600mm(35mm eq). Finally. My first serious compact and digital camera was a panasonic FZ3. I loved the constant f2.8 for the 12x lens that it had. Over the years, I don't understand the need for extremely long zooms with slow telephoto end and poor(compromised) lens quality. I may just have to pick up one of these in the future. I hope the lens is as sharp as my old FZ3 lens was.
     
  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    yeah, that's really impressive. Well done Panasonic!
    The only thing I always wonder about with constant aperture lenses, is whether they are limiting themselves at the shorter focal lengths just so it has a constant aperture - wouldn't it be possible to "set the aperture free" which would result in, for instance, f2.0 at wide angle?
     
  3. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I agree. I suppose it depends on the lens design. I thought about the same with the new panny 12-35mm lens for mFT. One of the issues you run into though is vignetting at the wide end when opened up.
     
  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    true, but even so, we're old and wise enough to make those kind of decisions for ourselves, aren't we? If the hardware allows it, why disable something like that?
     
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    and a positively ripping 12 fps! it's like a machine gun.
     
  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Its still a small sensor. The body looks better than the current crop though. My FZ100 feels like a plastic toy.
     
  7. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I don't think we'll see a superzoom ala FZ50 with a 1/1.7" sensor again from panasonic. I think Fuji has a few, though.
     
  8. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Fuji uses the 1/2" sensor on its HS series and the 2/3" sensor from the X10 on the X-S1.
    The latter is camera I rather lust after having missed out on the S100FS and S200EXR
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Lili, I'm with you. I have the Fuji fever and that X-S1 is a big beast, but I like the idea of one camera that covers the entire range.
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    +1. I'm putting my small sensor cams up on gumtree next week, along with a few other things (but I'm working towards that iPhone 5 or whatever it will be called)... Then after taht (next year) maybe,... Waiting to see what Photokina produces, really.
     
  11. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    I have not gone so far as that, but I do use my PEN's more these days...unless I want reach then the little Fuji's do play well.
    The little 1/2" BSI CMOS sensor they use is actually quite good. my Pic of Fred Naps was at ISO 400!
    Still if I could guarantee getting an Orbless X-S1....
     
  12. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I don't think I realised there were orb issues with the XS-1. I agree, I don't want orbs. I do too much shooting around the early morning/evening when one is likely to get them. Oh well, no bridge camera needed really. I don't pick up the FZ100 really at all. I've had it for maybe 18 months and probably shot less than 100 with it. The little Fuji I've used more, but the Panny, nope. Might have to make it available to US ppl as well, I actually bought it from B&H, and it has the US charger. I havent been able to get one for AU. Panasonic AU is VERY cagey about how to get one.