FZ-200 - Not the BEST…

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One_Oldman_4U
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FZ-200 - Not the BEST…
Sep 9, 2013

…samples in the world But I Love the camera. Now I know why every FZ-200 is raving about it!

I got a chance to borrow the Pana FZ-200 from a guy here and from the very little experience I had with it, all I can say is that the camera is EXCELLENT. I apologize for the sample I have but this is the best I can produce from where I’m at. The conditions when I was using the camera were:

· Time of day - (between 12 noon -3:00 PM depending on my watch schedule).

· Temperature/Humidity – anywhere from 99F – 112F and relative humidity is less than 12%. Anything over 50-75 meters will have that “painter effect” due to heat distortion)

· Wind – anywhere from 5-8 MPH to 15-20 MPH gust (where we are at, this just stirs dust and dirt that linger in the air.

These 3 variables alone are a photographer’s nightmare. The harsh light in the middle of the day creates unpleasant shadows. The high temperature causes the ground to emit heat and when using zoom, it just magnify it and creates distortion in the air. The dusts/dirt in the air, well, it’s self-explanatory.

Even with these conditions, I tried to capture something that is worth taking to see the capabilities of the camera. First off, I like the ergonomics of the FZ-200. I just fit perfect on my hand. It is well balance and a pleasure to hold. The EVF is better than I expected, clear and bright. Yes it’s not the same as my V1 or my departed D7000 but it is good! I have a LX-7 so I’m kinda familiar with the menu and it did not take me long to get used to. The main thing that I really like is the long reach of the lens and it’s sharp.

I handled the camera probably no more 4 hours all together during the days I have it and with the short amount of time, I fell in love with the camera that I’m seriously thinking of getting one (probability - >75%). Christmas is around the corner J Maybe if there’s an upgrade to this excellent camera I will wait but if not, this will be on my hands shortly.

From the FZ-200 photos I have seen on this forum from different users. I AGREE with you all. This camera is a definite keeper.

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The buildings are about 600-700 meters from me.

The wall and gate is about 500 meters away. I can still make up the sign on the gate "Authorized Personnel".

Dust devil dissipating.

The closest dust devil is about 1 Km and the furthest (right) is over 5Km away.

The camel, sheeps and two sheppherds from about 1 Km away.

This was about 1 Km away.

This was one is about 1.5 Km away. The dunes are over 4 Km.

The sheppherd's tent is over 1 Km away

Some one's Ford Ranger. While I was taking photos of the  sheeps,this caught my eye, quickly pointed the camera in his direction and fired 2 shots before he disappeared.I would say, not bad.

Our "gator". It was park about 75 ft from me. This came out sharper than I expected.

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In reply to One_Oldman_4U, Sep 9, 2013

Some very nice shots.  I especially like the one with the dust devil with the caption "1 km away".and the camel and sheep in the foreground.  I like my FZ200, too.

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One_Oldman_4U wrote:

…samples in the world But I Love the camera. Now I know why every FZ-200 is raving about it!

I got a chance to borrow the Pana FZ-200 from a guy here and from the very little experience I had with it, all I can say is that the camera is EXCELLENT. I apologize for the sample I have but this is the best I can produce from where I’m at.

Where are you?? Sure doesn't look like Houston

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Thanks GeraldW. Yes I fell in love with the FZ-200. At this point, I' seriously thinking of getting one. Unless Pana will announce replacement soon and I will wait a bit

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  I'm here in Southern Afghanistan. Very far cry from Houston 

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  I'm here in Southern Afghanistan. Very far cry from Houston 

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Nice shots...
I wonder if you will have better luck finding on in a store in Afghanistan than I have in San Diego!

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Thanks.

If I can find one or two here, I will let you know   The FZ200 is one fine camera. I will get one eventually if no update from Pana.

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Fine set, RiK.. undoubtedly camera (and photographer) have handled the harsh conditions very-well.. pictures are to my liking more than samples of camera's ability.. love to peek at deserted place where you found yourself - impressive scenery including the animals and weather anomalies - one would probably need camera underwater housing to keep the dust away, .. nice work, thank you for sharing, hope Santa has viewed your post and will prepare a little present when you get home for Christmas, ..

All the best, take care.

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Thanks for your kind words Bruno. Your positive comments and critiques make me and others strive a little harder You never seem to ran out of good and eloquent words to help motivate others and again Thanks!

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In reply to One_Oldman_4U, Sep 10, 2013

All these shots look pretty good to me. You can't do much about the heat haze, any camera with a long lens will show that. I really like the dust devil shots, they are very interesting. The last shot of your "gator" came out really well.

There was a post here yesterday, where someone spoke to a Panasonic rep who said there would definitely be no replacement for the FZ200 this year, so looks like you'll be getting the FZ200 for Xmas. I love mine as well and think its a pretty complete package.

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In reply to Rodger1943, Sep 10, 2013

Thanks Rodger. Yes the conditions here are not photographer friendly. Those dust devils are frequent at this time of the year here. There are several time where over 2 dozens can sprout at any given time. They vary ins sizes from small (a few ft wide and a few ft tall) to real big one (up to 100 mtrs wide and a couple of thousand ft high. They're fun to watch as long as it does not come our way

I read most of the post here regarding replacement for the FZ200 and you're right, it might not be till next year. But between now and Dec, if there's a hint that Pana will come with a definite replacement sometime next year maybe I will wait a bit longer. If not, I will try to get the FZ200.

Again, Thanks for viewing.

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