FZ1000ii Experiences

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Franno83
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jlina wrote:

Hi Fran! I have been checking every so often for just this post. I am so glad to see that you like the camera. I really like the lighting on the trees/woods photo.... And I think you must have had some kind of converter on the camera because there is no way I can get that kind of focus on a fly. I weirdly think that the 1000 M 2 seems to take worst macro pictures than the 300?! But overall it's so intuitive and so easy to work it still just makes me happy to pick it up.

My most sincere condolences on the passing of your father, it is very hard on the ones left behind!

I also agree that I think you got a really good copy of the camera which you totally deserved. I haven't been able to photograph much lately and I do love the camera but I was at the park watching a girl take Halloween photos yesterday and she had a Canon rebel t5 and I swear it looked like she was getting sharper pictures than I do! Plus she's got it used on eBay for $150... Of course she was using basically no zoom.

So I'm looking forward to getting to take more photos soon and I'm still considering a camera that you have to change the lenses on LOL! I think I will have to experience this at one point to ever feel happy with my choice especially if I can do it that cheaply.

Where I think the 1000 Mark II is a little off base is for example on your statue with the sun straight on it kind of blurs the edges of the front of the statue. I have noticed that too; it is much much better than the 300 in contrast, but the edges of the pictures sometimes seem to fade out if they are more than halfway zoomed out - especially in bright sunshine. I really have to watch myself in bright sunshine.

Let me know what you think and mostly just so happy to hear that you are happy and doing well. Best wishes!

Jacqueline

Hi Jacqueline, great to hear from you.

Many thanks for your thoughts with regard to my lovely Dad.  Really miss him, he was a great character.

I have to admit that any oddities I find with my photos I always put down to user error!!  I'm the first to admit I'm not a technical whiz, so there is always room for improvement.  I love all the detail the guys have posted previously in this thread and I need to sit down and wade through it, so that I understand the adjustments I can make.

Normally we don't suffer from too much bright sunlight in the UK (!), which is one of the reasons that I actually went for a camera with a larger sensor, to take advantage of our dull days!!  Hoping to get out this weekend for more practice.

I'm also hoping to improve on my PP as I have a rather ancient laptop and always edit in Google photos on my phone.  For some reason Google photos has become a problem and crashes during editing.  I can't seem to find a fix and decided anyway that it was time to upgrade my laptop and then I will be able to use Photoshop/lightroom etc.  I want to keep my editing to a minimum if possible, but would still like to be able to do it without throwing my phone at the wall!!  I'll also be able to store and categorise things much more efficiently.  Roll on Saturday when the new laptop arrives.

Would I not also love a camera with interchangeable lenses??!!  I feel I need to master the one I have first though.  I follow Mark Denney on Youtube who is primarily a landscape photographer but great at explaining things.  As he rightly says, a great camera can still take rubbish photographs!!

So far, really enjoying the 1000 ii and do really appreciate some of the refinements that it has over the FZ82 like the screen that swivels and the sensor on the view finder.  Have also had a bash at focus stacking and was impressed with the results.  Was really glad that I stuck with the Panasonic as it's menu systems are really easy to follow.

I realise that now is probably the time to leave my comfort zone and delve a little deeper into the technicalities of the camera so that I can realise its' potential.   The user's potential is a little more tricky to resolve!!

Have fun with your camera and stay well.

Best wishes.
Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

Sranang Boi Senior Member • Posts: 2,683
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My suggestion is to look at ACDSEE as a photo editing suite based on overall cost, features, and learning curve. And since getting the FZ1000M2 I have spent more time using it than all of my interchangeable lens cameras combined. And if you shoot in RAW you can use DxO Photolab4 to clean up noisy pictures with their revolutionary DeepPrime. It takes away a lot of the reasons for an interchangeable lens system. It's only video really that I use my main m43 camera for.

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Franno83
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Re: FZ1000ii Experiences

Sranang Boi wrote:

The FZ1000 and FZ1000M2 have a unique image capture feature that can't be found in any other of the Panasonic cameras. I now have my camera permanently set to it. To use it effectively you have to be into photo editing on a PC though. To access it, switch off iZoom. Go to the pixel rate setting and change it from 20MP to 5MP. Then set the picture taking format to RAW + JPG. That's it. Now when you operate the zoom you will notice that it now goes up to 800m instead of 400m. When you take pictures you will get a RAW and JPG file. If the zoom range extend beyond 400mm the RAW file will max out at 400mm but the JPG will be zoomed in further. Now when it comes to editing crop the RAW file. Only really use the JPG file if it looks good enough. The cropped RAW file will show far more detail than the JPG equivalent, especially in contrasty situation where you want to bring out shadow details. I just wish that Panasonic had built this identical feature in their m43 cameras.

Thank you so much for your detailed post.  Will be trying it out this weekend.

Best wishes.

Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

Franno83
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Re: FZ1000ii Experiences

Sranang Boi wrote:

My suggestion is to look at ACDSEE as a photo editing suite based on overall cost, features, and learning curve. And since getting the FZ1000M2 I have spent more time using it than all of my interchangeable lens cameras combined. And if you shoot in RAW you can use DxO Photolab4 to clean up noisy pictures with their revolutionary DeepPrime. It takes away a lot of the reasons for an interchangeable lens system. It's only video really that I use my main m43 camera for.

Many thanks for these suggestions.  Will have a good look at them.

Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

jlina
jlina Senior Member • Posts: 2,222
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The camera is amazing, I'm not sure I'll ever figure everything out about it.

Not even sure there is a need to?....

The user error I can relate to! I just went and took some photos of Halloween stuff on the beach and I did the whole thing in 5.5 k having messed up my white balance so I guess I will try to editing that Jon t keeps telling me to do!

Especially since I took pictures of small children for the moms what a day to mess it up but it might be interesting because it was almost dark and yet the photos were not.

Hmm...they turned out beautifully.  I only noticed the K before I took the Halloween pix, so who knows.  I'm still going to edit someday - actually I find Google photos to be pretty sophisticated these days as well.  These could use some sharpening up but the people will be really happy.  I love to photograph people these days and then email them photos - they get such a kick out of it.

sooc

unedited, low light

sooc

unedited - LOVE the camera!

I also got a new laptop but boy they don't come with much storage these days so I will be using my old laptop to upload photos and edit them and only put the very best on the new laptop... Well that's my plan it'll probably last for a month or two LOL!

I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful compositions in your picturesque village.

J

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Jon_T
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Re: FZ1000ii Experiences

Franno83 wrote:

Sranang Boi wrote:

My suggestion is to look at ACDSEE as a photo editing suite based on overall cost, features, and learning curve. And since getting the FZ1000M2 I have spent more time using it than all of my interchangeable lens cameras combined. And if you shoot in RAW you can use DxO Photolab4 to clean up noisy pictures with their revolutionary DeepPrime. It takes away a lot of the reasons for an interchangeable lens system. It's only video really that I use my main m43 camera for.

Many thanks for these suggestions. Will have a good look at them.

Hi Fran,

👍 Another nice set of images. You definitely have the 'eye' for image composition. IMHO that's one of important parts to good "photograph".

Like any other artistic instrument just takes time, study, practice, and experimentation.

One needs to take the time to 'learn and understand' attaining exposure under different lighting conditions with your camera(s), especially in High Dynamic lighting conditions; bright highlights and dark shadows.

Canons Ashby house

In scenes light the above, in using Matrix metering, the larger dark area will cause highlights to be overexposed, unless you use some Exposure Compensation to help mitigate highlights from being overexposed. In scenes like this I would use center-weighting, or spot metering. Generally with digital images you have a greater recovery of underexposed areas than overexposed (but not blown-out) highlights.

Even with shooting RAW if the highlights are too overexposed (blown-out) you will not be able to recover details/ colors in the blown-out areas.

"Very quick" highlights/ shadows recovery with Photoshop Elements.  Note the blown-out highlights are "white"—no color/ details.

With in-camera settings you have very limited adjustments compared to In post processing, per the samples I posted HERE awhile back in the "FZ80 experiences pt.8" topic.

Now days with the internet there are many sites to learn that was previously only available via buying books; e.g., "Cambridge in Colour", "DigicamHelp.com", etc.

Some software vendors have online tutorials on how to use their software; e.g., DxO PhotoLab, Affinity Photo, etc.

Important Note: Prior to buying any Photo/ RAW editor app be sure to check to see the apps "System Requirements" to make sure your computer has the OS, CPU, RAM, Graphics Card, etc. to run the software.

Cheers,
Jon

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Franno83
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Re: FZ1000ii Experiences

Jon_T wrote:

Franno83 wrote:

Sranang Boi wrote:

My suggestion is to look at ACDSEE as a photo editing suite based on overall cost, features, and learning curve. And since getting the FZ1000M2 I have spent more time using it than all of my interchangeable lens cameras combined. And if you shoot in RAW you can use DxO Photolab4 to clean up noisy pictures with their revolutionary DeepPrime. It takes away a lot of the reasons for an interchangeable lens system. It's only video really that I use my main m43 camera for.

Many thanks for these suggestions. Will have a good look at them.

Hi Fran,

👍 Another nice set of images. You definitely have the 'eye' for image composition. IMHO that's one of important parts to good "photograph".

Like any other artistic instrument just takes time, study, practice, and experimentation.

One needs to take the time to 'learn and understand' attaining exposure under different lighting conditions with your camera(s), especially in High Dynamic lighting conditions; bright highlights and dark shadows.

Canons Ashby house

In scenes light the above, in using Matrix metering, the larger dark area will cause highlights to be overexposed, unless you use some Exposure Compensation to help mitigate highlights from being overexposed. In scenes like this I would use center-weighting, or spot metering. Generally with digital images you have a greater recovery of underexposed areas than overexposed (but not blown-out) highlights.

Even with shooting RAW if the highlights are too overexposed (blown-out) you will not be able to recover details/ colors in the blown-out areas.

"Very quick" highlights/ shadows recovery with Photoshop Elements. Note the blown-out highlights are "white"—no color/ details.

With in-camera settings you have very limited adjustments compared to In post processing, per the samples I posted HERE awhile back in the "FZ80 experiences pt.8" topic.

Now days with the internet there are many sites to learn that was previously only available via buying books; e.g., "Cambridge in Colour", "DigicamHelp.com", etc.

Some software vendors have online tutorials on how to use their software; e.g., DxO PhotoLab, Affinity Photo, etc.

Important Note: Prior to buying any Photo/ RAW editor app be sure to check to see the apps "System Requirements" to make sure your computer has the OS, CPU, RAM, Graphics Card, etc. to run the software.

Cheers,
Jon

Hi Jon,

Many thanks for your thoughts and help here.  Very much appreciated.

I have much to learn!  Not only in setting the camera up for the conditions in the first place but also taking more time whilst editing to achieve the best results.

I intend to change my "workflow" or process which will deliberately slow me down somewhat and hopefully improve results.   It's all been a bit "gung-ho" up til now!

As far as editing software goes, I will use free versions of things first to see what suits me best before taking the plunge.

As always, plenty to keep me out of mischief for a while!!

Best wishes and thanks again.

Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

davesurrey Senior Member • Posts: 1,705
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Hi Fran,
Firstly my condolences on losing your father. I lost my Mother 4 years ago at the grand old age of 97 and I still miss her.

I used to have an FZ200, replaced it with an FZ1000 and now have replaced that with an FZ1000ii and I couldn’t be happier. I admit to having far too many digital cameras but the FZ1000ii is the one I usually grab when I am out for a casual shoot. Unless I need something much more compact or specialised like for air-shows.

It does have a lot of features and I find the Graham Haughton book and his web site very useful and far more accessible than the official manual.

Even without Covid the dedicated camera market is a strange one and I doubt there will be a Mark iii so make the best of what you have. It will rarely disappoint.
Dave

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Franno83
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davesurrey wrote:

Hi Fran,
Firstly my condolences on losing your father. I lost my Mother 4 years ago at the grand old age of 97 and I still miss her.

I used to have an FZ200, replaced it with an FZ1000 and now have replaced that with an FZ1000ii and I couldn’t be happier. I admit to having far too many digital cameras but the FZ1000ii is the one I usually grab when I am out for a casual shoot. Unless I need something much more compact or specialised like for air-shows.

It does have a lot of features and I find the Graham Haughton book and his web site very useful and far more accessible than the official manual.

Even without Covid the dedicated camera market is a strange one and I doubt there will be a Mark iii so make the best of what you have. It will rarely disappoint.
Dave

Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your kind condolences. However prepared we feel we may be, it still comes as a shock.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the FZ1000 ii too.  Good advice to have a look at the Graham Haughton tutorials. I certainly did that when I bought the FZ82 and must have another look.

I'm also investigating processing software which is another minefield altogether! Do you have a particular preference?

Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

davesurrey Senior Member • Posts: 1,705
Re: FZ1000ii Experiences

Franno83 wrote:

davesurrey wrote:

Hi Fran,
Firstly my condolences on losing your father. I lost my Mother 4 years ago at the grand old age of 97 and I still miss her.

I used to have an FZ200, replaced it with an FZ1000 and now have replaced that with an FZ1000ii and I couldn’t be happier. I admit to having far too many digital cameras but the FZ1000ii is the one I usually grab when I am out for a casual shoot. Unless I need something much more compact or specialised like for air-shows.

It does have a lot of features and I find the Graham Haughton book and his web site very useful and far more accessible than the official manual.

Even without Covid the dedicated camera market is a strange one and I doubt there will be a Mark iii so make the best of what you have. It will rarely disappoint.
Dave

Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your kind condolences. However prepared we feel we may be, it still comes as a shock.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the FZ1000 ii too. Good advice to have a look at the Graham Haughton tutorials. I certainly did that when I bought the FZ82 and must have another look.

I'm also investigating processing software which is another minefield altogether! Do you have a particular preference?

Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

Fran,

Well choosing processing software seems to be quite a personal experience so why not have a look at some that offer a free time limited trial.

Personally I use Affinity when I need a powerful app eg when I do some photo restoration occasionally for folk.  I do have Photshop CS6 but never got on with it somehow. Many will disagree no doubt. Affinity is also incredibly good value at £50 and I even got mine half price at the Photographic Show two years ago.

As you no doubt know it doesn't have the best raw developer so for that I either use DXO PhotoLab or a dedicated one for the particular camera I am using at the time e.g. DPP for Canon or Silkypix for Panasonic cameras.

Topaz also make several dedicated tools e.g. DeNoise which lean heavily on AI although they do have manual controls too. But DXO has many followers for noise reduction too.

For simple jobs I have used Irfanview or even Picasa (with the mod that centres the sliders) but there are many other free and simple ones out there.

HTH

Dave

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Franno83
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davesurrey wrote:

Franno83 wrote:

davesurrey wrote:

Hi Fran,
Firstly my condolences on losing your father. I lost my Mother 4 years ago at the grand old age of 97 and I still miss her.

I used to have an FZ200, replaced it with an FZ1000 and now have replaced that with an FZ1000ii and I couldn’t be happier. I admit to having far too many digital cameras but the FZ1000ii is the one I usually grab when I am out for a casual shoot. Unless I need something much more compact or specialised like for air-shows.

It does have a lot of features and I find the Graham Haughton book and his web site very useful and far more accessible than the official manual.

Even without Covid the dedicated camera market is a strange one and I doubt there will be a Mark iii so make the best of what you have. It will rarely disappoint.
Dave

Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your kind condolences. However prepared we feel we may be, it still comes as a shock.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the FZ1000 ii too. Good advice to have a look at the Graham Haughton tutorials. I certainly did that when I bought the FZ82 and must have another look.

I'm also investigating processing software which is another minefield altogether! Do you have a particular preference?

Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

Fran,

Well choosing processing software seems to be quite a personal experience so why not have a look at some that offer a free time limited trial.

Personally I use Affinity when I need a powerful app eg when I do some photo restoration occasionally for folk. I do have Photshop CS6 but never got on with it somehow. Many will disagree no doubt. Affinity is also incredibly good value at £50 and I even got mine half price at the Photographic Show two years ago.

As you no doubt know it doesn't have the best raw developer so for that I either use DXO PhotoLab or a dedicated one for the particular camera I am using at the time e.g. DPP for Canon or Silkypix for Panasonic cameras.

Topaz also make several dedicated tools e.g. DeNoise which lean heavily on AI although they do have manual controls too. But DXO has many followers for noise reduction too.

For simple jobs I have used Irfanview or even Picasa (with the mod that centres the sliders) but there are many other free and simple ones out there.

HTH

Dave

Many thanks Dave, plenty to consider there.
Fran
Banbury, UK
Panasonic FZ1000 ii

Sue Anne Rush
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Hello...

Beautiful photographs - thank you for sharing.

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