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Some interesting size comparisons -- superzooms vs. each other and vs. DSLRs

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
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    Those are Nikon D3300s on the end. The biggest lens is a Nikon f/4 600mm; the smaller one is a Sigma 150-500mm. The camera in the middle is a Nikon 1 V3 with the 70-300. The camera at the extreme left is the FZ200 and next to it, the Nikon P900.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    And this is why I chose the P610 in the end :)
     
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  3. Biro

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    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    How is the Nikon working out at the long end, Sue?
     
  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Much better than I expected, Steve. I'm very happy with it. As long as you don't expect more of it than its capable of, its great. I can even hand hold, but I have discovered that on pressing the shutter release, I move the camera. I've always done that but with a shorter focal length its usually OK. I was trying to get a shot of a local magpie baby yesterday and I cut its legs off. Hilarious. However, being aware of that, one compensates. I guess the lesson for using really long f/l is that you crop and resize to a smaller shot, and use DFine2 or similar with care. I do that anyway :) I never post full size and especially not with a small sensor photograph. One needs to recognise the limitations :)
     
  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Here's a more successful effort :) (It clearly has spotted me, even at distance, and is a bit anxious about what I am up to. It did not move until I put the camera down)

    image.

    I think it worked out OK.
    ISO100, focal length 258mm (thats as long as it goes..1440mm eq I think) and f/6.5 (not really much option with the aperture) :)

    There are a few places I have photographed in the past, that I want to revisit with a longer lens, so when the weather warms up a bit, again, I'll be out and about, and really see what this thing can do. But, as I say, so far, very happy, and I dont even mind no RAW.
     
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  6. Biro

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    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I really am surprised at the detail in that shot at maximum zoom, hand held and jpg. Nice work!
     
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  7. grillec

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  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Sure, if thats the focal length you are happy with. The trouble was, when I wanted to get the nesting swan, my Panasonic, which gets that kind of f/l (perhaps a bit longer) with its optical + digital zoom... just was not long enough. Thats why I went looking for something else. I had initially considered buying the 70-300 CX mount but it was too rich for me, and also, would not have done the job I wanted. I have a Tamron 70-300 too, but I found using it with my J1 or V1 to be a bit of a PITA. The P610 is light, and easy.
     
  9. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

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    If I would create a statistic with my most used focal length, the 300mm wouldn't be in the top rank. Here my matter was not the maximum of focal length but the consideration of a possible buy of any bridge camera and not if I need an angle of view of 810mm or 1440mm. The all-in-one in a relativly small package is the thema.

    If I had to decide my choice would go to the RX10, because the J3 and most bridge cameras don't deliver the open aperture value and a 1" sensor.
    The maximum flash sync speed would be another argument for a bridge cam.
     
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  10. Biro

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    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    As long as the RX10's focal range works for you, I don't think there's any question that would be a better choice. But you know that happens to camera prices as they age and are about to be replaced. So you might want to keep your eyes peeled for a Panasonic FZ200 on closeout in the next few months. It might be a relatively inexpenaive bridge camera that you can pick up in addition to the Sony for some experimentation.
     
  11. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

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    Thanks, but until I've decided if I need a bridge camera - the new version RX10 MkII was announced and Sony is known for stopping firmware support and dropping the price for replaced tech. So I hope for a cheap MkI.