What size zoom did you need for most subjects when traveling overseas

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PhotoTeach2 Senior Member • Posts: 7,762
Digital ZOOM up to 3200mm-EFL (from FZ-1000 @ $700)
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tko wrote:

I want a minimum of 600mm-EFL but also OFTEN use my FZ-1000 at 3200mm-EFL.

Anything less is now unacceptable to me. (Call me SPOILED.)

Do you have an example of a vacation photo that needed to be taken with 3200MM?

It is a fact that it is only a 5mpx file @ 3200mm-EFL,(actually only 2.5mpx interpolated back up to 5mpx), and there is also "atmospherics" that will naturally degrade the image, so I can't/don't expect a perfect image.

So I honestly can't say I have any "memorable" image @ 3200mm-EFL.

The main value I place in the 3200mm-EFL is that I can see things I CAN'T see with my naked eye. (it is 128X total zoom but still 80X compared to "normal" -- so it's like having a stabilized 80X telescope in my hand)

That being said, I DO have some "moon" images @ 2400mm-EFL and many that are between 800mm and 1200mm.

These are ALL Straight-Out-Of-Camera, with NO PP WHAT-SO-EVER ... (can anyone match these for a TOTAL cost of $700 ???

Also note that many of these were shot only about a WEEK after I got the camera and were INTENDED as TESTS of the camera.

This is over-sharpened and noisy, but remember how DARK this was, FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE

This was 1.5 MILES away, HAND-HELD, taken quickly IN THE RAIN

Do you see the CHURCH ???

THIS "church" (and GRAVEYARD that was NOT VISIBLE BEFORE THE ZOOM

Can you see the KAYAK .... (I COULD NOT)

This KAYAK that I COULD NOT SEE WITH "EYE" .... (NOTE THE SHUTTER SPEED)

Do you see the STAIRS ??? (over 3.5 MILES away)

THESE "STAIRS and PEOPLE" ... (again that I COULD NOT SEE BEFORE ZOOM)

And to the TOP, (albeit lots of atmospheric flare)

This plane was @ 37,000' .... (NO CROPPING ... SOOC)

This was 6.5 MILES away, (a 10,000' runway -- END TO END !!! ---  HILO HAWAII AIRPORT

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