FZ40 vs. FZ100 (Macro)

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Starcade New Member • Posts: 6
FZ40 vs. FZ100 (Macro)

Hello all!

I have searched this forum for this topic and could not find a debate on the FZ40 vs. FZ100 that I could fully understand given my knowledge in photography. I am an extreme amateur photographer who loves macro photography (both inside and outside) and I'm currently looking at the FZ40 vs. the FZ100. I am sick of using a dinky $99 point and shoot camera and would love to upgrade to a more "professional" investment. I cannot afford anything higher in price than $379, which is what the FZ100 is listed at. Given the expertise on this forum, what would you guys recommend as the best camera for the job? I will also use the camera for scenery/nature shots while I'm out on a hike or at the park, so I will not be doing 100% macro shooting by any means.

Thanks in advance!

B1ackhat Senior Member • Posts: 1,980
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I had both of these cams, but as I don't shoot macros very often, I can't really comment on that. In general, I found the FZ40 to be sharper and do better with fine detail (underbrush, hair/fur, etc) but I found the FZ100 to have better colors. LT has shot some very nice macros with the FZ100 and he also owns the FZ40 so perhaps he can offer better feedback on those specific types of shots. Based on my own needs, I opted to keep the FZ40, for whatever that's worth.

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OP Starcade New Member • Posts: 6
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This is very helpful. Thank you for your post!

shuttervelocity Regular Member • Posts: 361
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My 4-yr old came running..."Daddy, we have a lil cutie bed-bug on the sofa". I grabbed my FZ100 and ran, ready to kill it, at the same time dreading the possibility we might have a bed-bug infestation in our home. Thank God, it wasn't a bed-bug. At least, I hope its not.

FZ100 macro mode. No PP. Just 100% crop from original.

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Starcade wrote:

I am sick of using a dinky $99 point and shoot camera and would love to upgrade to a more "professional" investment. I cannot afford anything higher in price than $379, which is what the FZ100 is listed at.

You will certainly do better at macros using either the FZ40 or FZ100, though I would hesitate to call any bridge-camera "professional".

LarryInVA Regular Member • Posts: 132
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Don't limit yourself. For macro shots, you may also want to consider the very portable ZS7. One member of the forum has had great success with it.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1033&message=36249942&q=Zs7+macro&qf=m

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K_art Junior Member • Posts: 42
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I was quite pleased with the FZ100 macros I shot over the weekend (you can take a look my latest thread).

For one, the colors and images produced are excellent - I cannot compare the actual quality with any other camera as I had only the Fuji HS10 earlier. The IQ seems far better and sharper in comparison.

B1ackhat Senior Member • Posts: 1,980
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shuttervelocity wrote:

My 4-yr old came running..."Daddy, we have a lil cutie bed-bug on the sofa". I grabbed my FZ100 and ran, ready to kill it, at the same time dreading the possibility we might have a bed-bug infestation in our home. Thank God, it wasn't a bed-bug. At least, I hope its not.

Definitely not a bed bug.

It looks like a Brown Ladybug.

Source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/84984/bgpage

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FZ100 Macros the FZ40 is as good or better...

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FZ40:

Daniel Lowe Senior Member • Posts: 2,355
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I am not sure how well the FZ40 is at Macro, but the previous FZ35 model seems to be especially good, especially the tele macro function.
I would expect the FZ40 would give pretty similar results.

OP Starcade New Member • Posts: 6
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I appreciate the uploads, LT. The pictures truly show that both cameras have wonderful macro capabilities with the right person standing behind the camera!

virtualgretchen New Member • Posts: 5
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Ltz470, These photos of the bugs are gorgeous! Are you using a macro lens? Were these taken with the regular macro setting or the telephoto macro setting?

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The Lens Adapter wasn't available when I took the FZ100 shots so they were without any Close Up Lens...they were in AF Macro Mode...but the FZ40 shots of the Butterfly, Feather, and Bee's were taken with LC55 attached to the FZ40, the grasshoppers were without a Close Up Lens using the FZ40 alone in AF Macro Mode...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46756347@N08/5132974757/meta/in/photostream/

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Ltz470, These photos of the bugs are gorgeous! Are you using a macro lens? Were these taken with the regular macro setting or the telephoto macro setting?

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tymevest Senior Member • Posts: 1,562
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I don't normally take macros but tried out the FZ40 on a quarter. It looks yellowed because of the florescent lights. This is at full size/resolution, just cropped.

And one using the macro zoom which is just a digital zoom increase in size.

The area in the red square is shown full size below.

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kernow Forum Pro • Posts: 12,441
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Starcade wrote:

Hello all!

I have searched this forum for this topic and could not find a debate on the FZ40 vs. FZ100 that I could fully understand given my knowledge in photography. I am an extreme amateur photographer who loves macro photography (both inside and outside) and I'm currently looking at the FZ40 vs. the FZ100. I am sick of using a dinky $99 point and shoot camera and would love to upgrade to a more "professional" investment. I cannot afford anything higher in price than $379, which is what the FZ100 is listed at. Given the expertise on this forum, what would you guys recommend as the best camera for the job? I will also use the camera for scenery/nature shots while I'm out on a hike or at the park, so I will not be doing 100% macro shooting by any means.

Thanks in advance!

Depends what your $99 camera is. Some of the cheapest cameras do very good macros. I've been playing with the FZ100 a bit and it does very well at macros, but I also get some equally stunning macro shots with a Fuji I paid $35 for.
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cjgbahia Contributing Member • Posts: 607
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FYI

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jdeg Regular Member • Posts: 315
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I would think the articulating LCD on the FZ100 would come in handy for outdoor, ground level macro shooting.

cjgbahia Contributing Member • Posts: 607
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The LCD is good when the shot angle is not standard. Outdoor often disturbing reflection on the screen so it is necessary to use the viewfinder .-

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kernow Forum Pro • Posts: 12,441
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jdeg wrote:

I would think the articulating LCD on the FZ100 would come in handy for outdoor, ground level macro shooting.

It does. The screen is lovely.
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