FZ70 Announced. Is This Just Another Frankencamera?

Started Jul 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Midwest Forum Pro • Posts: 18,309
Re: I am very afraid..,

kkardster wrote:

Midwest wrote:

Kevin Coppalotti wrote:

why do people test these 1200 focal lengths by trying to photograph a maggot half a mile away? The real use is photographing things like small birds from as little as 4- 5 meters away from the camera.

Because it's a 'party trick'. "Look - would you believe this (grainy, indistinct) seagull was an eight of a mile away?"

Very impressive, I guess - but yielding a photo that most people would not consider all that good.

The FZ200 with its constant f/2.8 zoom is so much more valid, allowing the user to shoot at lower ISO through the zoom range and effectively counter the limitations of its small sensor. That made sense. This FZ70 just lumps in with the other ridiculous long super mega zooms.

I think you missed Kevin's point - the long focal lengths are indeed very usable for many, but not necessarily for the very long range shots but rather shorter ones with small objects. No "lumping" necessary, but if it's not for you then you don't have to buy it!

No, I won't be buying it. My main point though was (if not clearly expressed) that I find a faster but shorter zoom much more worthwhile than an extra long but slow one.

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