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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Panasonic DMC-FZ50S

Hey everyone who knows way more about cameras then I do.

So we have this program at work that gives us free stuff. I'd love to that the Nikon D40 camera but they don't have that as an option. This is one of the options that they have. Is it decent? I want to be able to take pics at the track and be able to take normal pics as well so fast shutter speed is nice to have for action but still want to have the ability to zoom in close on nature shots and stuff like that.

So does it suck, or is it a good camera for free?

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it has shutter priority and aperture priority mode so that would make me happy for a free camera.




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I used to be a Panasonic fan. They work with Leica on a lot of their digital cameras.

For typical shooting, it's a great camera, but the problem you'll have shooting at the track will be in tracking moving objects.

Sure you can get the shutter speed where you want it to freeze motion, but you won't be able to quickly focus on a moving object and catch it where and how you want. You'll basically be taking a whole bunch of shots, and hoping you nail one or two.

It's a good upper middle P&S camera though.

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So does it suck, or is it a good camera for free?
I have the FZ-20 model which is slightly different but for FREE you can't go wrong. The zoom is very good.

If you have any specific questions ask them here >

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26

A lot of info on that site and you'll be able to find pics taken with that camera.

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So will I be able to take pics at the track then if I just set it to shoot like 5 pics in a row and then I would try to follow the bikes around the corner?

I never thought cameras could be so crazy difficult. I am used to the tiny ones you take to the bar!
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So will I be able to take pics at the track then if I just set it to shoot like 5 pics in a row and then I would try to follow the bikes around the corner?

I never thought cameras could be so crazy difficult. I am used to the tiny ones you take to the bar!
Well, it's like this. The camera needs to focus at a certain distance. The motorcycle is moving either towards you, or away from you. Typical point and shoot cameras just can't track a moving object well, let alone a quickly moving object. My Nikon for example has a separate processor and 7 focus points dedicated to tracking moving objects. Light years ahead of what any P&S has.

The typical work around for this is to pick a point in a turn and focus the camera there manually. Then, when the target approaches that spot, start firing away and hope you catch him in that window of focus.

As everyone is saying, for a free camera, jump on that shit! Just know your limitations so you don't get frustrated and throw it or sell it. It still is a good camera...for what it's designed for. You'll just have to work around it's limits.

This Canon in this video is made specifically for sport photography...it's designed for tracking and for speed. **This is just to reinforce the point that sport photography needs specifically designed features...I'm not saying run out and buy a $10,000 Canon. Hell, I don't even like Canon. (**Disclaimer because people like reading my intentions wrong in threads and I'm fuckin' tired of it)

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Thanks guys,

The guy at best buy freaked me out I talked to him last night and he's like you'll really like the Nikon D80, but it only comes with the body so you'll have to buy a lense, then you'll need a lense for close up and for far away viewing. The D80 was $1600 bones I'm like wtf this thing better kneel down daily for that cost I'm going to buy more stuff for the bike and just pay someone to take pics of me at the track. lol
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I had an FZ-30 and liked it a lot. This shot was taken probably about 300 feet away and came out quite nicely.

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I had an FZ-30 and liked it a lot. This shot was taken probably about 300 feet away and came out quite nicely.

So that was taken with the FZ-30? That looks good to me as long as I can get some shots I'll be happy. Thanks.
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I had an FZ-30 and liked it a lot. This shot was taken probably about 300 feet away and came out quite nicely.

Fantastic!

The trick here is that the further you are from the subject, the wider that plane of focus is allowing you to capture more and faster objects...as long as they are in that window of focus.

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You'll need a FAST memory card.

Tons of FZ50 shots here > http://www.dcresource.com/forums/sho...ht=fz50+action

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So that was taken with the FZ-30? That looks good to me as long as I can get some shots I'll be happy. Thanks.
Yea I have some shots from the track of individual bikes passing by closely and they look fine. To put it simply...you won't get the shots like you see some of the pro's taking, but you can zoom in and pan along with a bike just fine with the focus. You can always do a manual pre focus for a certain spot too if you're having a hard time, but the continuous should be ok for you. It was really a fantastic camera from start to finish and the only thing that I could get rid of it for was my new D80

Others that I've posted before, but demo the FZ30...







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I think I'm sold thanks for the photo examples this will do for me. I can upgrade if I ever get decent and heck maybe I'll get another freebie.
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Dude, jump on that shit! Free is the best deal Ive ever heard for that camera.

The FZ50 is a nice camera, but it has limitations when compared to an SLR. Im sure it wont disappoint you at all, so get the camera and start shooting.

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Are you serious? It's friggen FREE! Get one and start taking pictures! That's a good DSLR-like camera.

A free disposable camera is better than a $1000 DSLR that you don't yet own as only one of them can take photos!

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Ordered today camera coming!!!!!!!!! Can't wait I'll be taking tons of pictures after that. I'll be a total newb so I'll post up and maybe get some pointers from the experts.

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