Power Zoom versus Manual Zoom in stills pgotography

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Power Zoom versus Manual Zoom in stills pgotography
Sep 10, 2011

Power zooming, coming from P&S and from video has finally reached mFT.
So I think it should be discussed here or were there earlier threads?

Personally I have made experiences with PZ only with my late P&S Canon. Perhaps the feature was badly implemented there, but with my Panasonic zoom lens I now enjoy the difference:

Finally zooming is accurate and fast, and it is MZ! For me as a stills photographer, PZ is like a plague finally reaching the, as I thought, safe harbour.

IMO PZ cannot be compared with AF, because in roughly 80% of my (!) photographs I have to adjust the zoom. When it comes to AF, I still have the choice to switch to MF or cange the AF mode.

I know, PZ and MF switches help reducing sizes, so if this is tantamount for you, the new Panasonic standard zoom makes sense; the tele lens makes sense only for video people - if switches and zooming motor don't make any sounds.

My verdict is, PZ for the whole of stills photography is like AF for macro photography: useless or even annoying.

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