some shots with the HS50EXR

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Luke, May 26, 2014.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    I don't have a lot of time for photography, but a few of you seemed vaguely interested in seeing what I do with this camera. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. If anyone else has some shots or experiences....feel free to add them to this thread.

    A super brief "user experience" review is that the camera is nice and chunky with a deep grip. If someone wants a small superzoom, this isn't the one. It's also appreciably lighter than a DSLR with a big lens on it (probably roughly comparable to a DSLR with a decent kit zoom attached though this is a guess).

    I've decided to shoo this camera in RAW only because I want to squeeze every drop of performance out of this small sensor. No one will confuse the IQ with any decent camera with a prime lens. Early indications are that it compares pretty well with any camera with a zoom lens (if you factor in sensor and lens efficiencies, sizes, handicaps, etc.).

    Here's a b/w (because I couldn't seem to get the color right......more on that later). This is wide open at full zoom......
    [​IMG]DSCF7054 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    Here's another at full seems a bit soft, but it may be camera shake with an exposure of 1/55 (at 1000mm equiv.) or I may have slightly missed focus ( this is also cropped in a bit)........
    [​IMG]DSCF7077 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    Here's a very brief video I captured at full zoom.....I think the video quality is quite good (for what it is), but obviously a steady shot at 1000mm is not so easy....turn the volume way up to hear the chattering of the chippy......

    Here's one in super challenging harsh light.... Not APS-C by a long shot, but a lot better than i expected for a tiny sensor cam.....
    [​IMG]a walk through the woods by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    Macro mode is much appreciated......
    [​IMG]DSCF7034 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    I'll share more as time permits. But my initial impressions are about what I expected. I paid $350 and wanted something to cover all uses. I didn't expect it to exceed at anything, but to be a good all-rounder. I think it may be a good compromise.
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  2. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    Very interesting, Luke. The images aren't bad at all. Number one and number three are my favorites. I appreciate any shots you have time for and whatever impressions you share with us.
  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Must admit I'm a bridge camera fan. For what they can do in a single package the convenience trumps IQ for me (especially with a type 1 sensor).
  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Thanks, Luke. Good selection.
  5. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Be interesting to see how it stacks up against the XS-1.
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    I owned an XS-1 briefly last year. The XS-1 has a MUCH nicer viewfinder. Despite the XS-1 having a bigger sensor with fewer megapickles, I feel like the IQ is close enough to not matter. The HS50 has a stiffer zoom which is less pleasant to use, but it also means that it doesn't have the zoom creep of the XS-1 (which I really disliked). And I mainly wanted more reach......any time I am using a tele lens or a superzoom, I find I always run out of zoom, so for me, it made the choice of the HS50 a little easier.

    I also dig the super slo-mo video (I don't think the XS-1 has it, but I could be wrong)
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    I've been using the HS50 much more than the X100 in the last month or so. I much prefer the look and the feel and output of the X100, but having that all-in-one versatility is pretty great, too. Thought I'd share some more photos here for anyone who is interested to see what it can do in a marginal photographer's hands. Please bear in mind, that all of these have some pretty heavy PP applied. They are not super-freakish looking SOOC.....LOL.
    (and most of these have been shared here in other threads so apologies to anyone who is suffering through them again)

    Also, I think they are all public photos and most should have EXIF attached if you're into that sort of thing....just click through to view them on flickr.

    [​IMG]DSCF7320v2 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Wade in the Water by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Clematis by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]the pretty girl that lives across the street by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]unidentified creepy thing by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSCF7254 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]A duck walks into a pharmacy.... by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Griese b/w by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    [​IMG]how baby flies are made by Luke Lavin, on Flickr
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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Beautiful light & forms on #1
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