The EX ZR800 still works

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rube39 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,454
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Took these upon my return to Van Isle recently, on a cold and cloudy day at the govt. whorf. Glad to see the Casio still works, same as ever.

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Cyril Catt Veteran Member • Posts: 5,289
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Hi Rube, good to see some more of Van Isle!

At first I thought your pics looked a bit dull, and wondered whether your camera’s time setting was correct, at about 11:15 a.m. GMT, which could be about 3:15 a.m. in BC. But then I realised my computer screen setting was low. When the screen was brightened, all three looked interesting shots. But I wonder about the purpose of the tall paired masts on the fishing boats?

My ZR800 is still going strong, although the zoom is beginning to get a bit ‘sticky’ and sometimes needs a couple of goes to get the right setting. However, I managed to get a ZR850 as a ‘spare’, for when the ZR800 finally gives up.

I also got a ZR5100 2 years ago, to complement the ZR5100 with a wider, slightly faster lens, tilting screen, and fairly similar controls and menus. And both Casios have ClearViewer attachments for eye level framing. It’s a lot lighter and less bulky than the Panasonic LX7 with 18mm accessory lens that I previously took on travels - and which doesn’t have the range of time lapse settings which the Casios have, that I use when travelling in vehicles through ’new’ cities, to log our route if I see something worth revisiting, and remind me of disparate neighbours, as here in Kyoto.

But, sadly, in succesive lockdowns over the last 18 months, most of my photography has been limited to garden flowers, and taken with an iPhone. ;-(

Cyril

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OP rube39 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,454
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Cyril Catt wrote:

Hi Rube, good to see some more of Van Isle!

Hey Cyril, thanks for viewing and commenting.

I used to use the Casio (the last in a succession of Casios) a lot when we lived in Japan, and so I brought it back with me to our 'permanent place' on Van Isle. Because of the panic, we haven't been able to get into Canada for 2 years, and so the Casio remained unused, as we did not bring it with us to Northern Spain, where we now reside most of the year.

In Spain, the even smaller (but with a larger, 2/3 sensor) Fuji XQ2 serves the same function that the Casio did in Japan: that of a pocket walk around.

Our truck is even older than the ZR800!

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Cyril Catt Veteran Member • Posts: 5,289
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rube39 wrote:

Cyril Catt wrote:

Hi Rube, good to see some more of Van Isle!

Hey Cyril, thanks for viewing and commenting.

I used to use the Casio (the last in a succession of Casios) a lot when we lived in Japan, and so I brought it back with me to our 'permanent place' on Van Isle. Because of the panic, we haven't been able to get into Canada for 2 years, and so the Casio remained unused, as we did not bring it with us to Northern Spain, where we now reside most of the year.

In Spain, the even smaller (but with a larger, 2/3 sensor) Fuji XQ2 serves the same function that the Casio did in Japan: that of a pocket walk around.

Our truck is even older than the ZR800!

Rube

I note that the XQ2's double sized sensor area comes with 75% of the number of effective pixels and a much wider aperture, so it should be better in dim light than the ZR800. But the ZR800 has much longer zoom reach and battery life.

The two seem designed for relatively different uses  so it's  hard to judge how the Casio's several forms of versatility with merged bursts using an inbuilt second processor, and its high speed and time lapse recordings compare.

Current XQ2's  seem for sale are at about double the price of my Casio when new, whilst there seem no ZR800s for sale today.

But with mobile phone cameras gaining wider and longer reach, and greater capability through IT , I think it's getting about time I traded in my current 6 y.o. phone. But I'd like to  work out some form of VF to enable eye level framing and overcome screen reflections and washouts - similar to the ClearViewer I have on my Casios.

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Erik Ohlson
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ZR 800 + Clearviewer still my day-to-day  camera.

I say: "When you find a winner, stick with it."

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>>ZR 800 + Clearviewer still my day-to-day camera.

I say: "When you find a winner, stick with it."<<

My wife, who was once a professional photographer in Japan, currently uses our ZR800 has her main camera, citing its size and reach.

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Cyril Catt Veteran Member • Posts: 5,289
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[rube39, you were replying to Erik Ohlson, not me]

rube39 wrote: >>ZR 800 + Clearviewer still my day-to-day camera.

I say: "When you find a winner, stick with it."<<

My wife, who was once a professional photographer in Japan, currently uses our ZR800 has her main camera, citing its size and reach.

...and it's my 'go to' "camera" for versatility over a wide range of situations.

But if I know I'm going to face cramped, dim, situations, the ZR5100 has advantages.

And for quick everyday 'note' shots, or for recording garden flowers etc., to send to others, the iPhone 6s+ is acceptable, but likely to be replaced by a newer version with better dim light capability. (I'll stay with an iPhone because my ageing brain is too slow to adapt to another system; and my technical advisors - son, grandsons - also have iPhones.)

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Hello...

Beautiful photographs - thank you for sharing. 

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Sue Anne Rush wrote:

Hello...

Beautiful photographs - thank you for sharing.

Thank YOU for viewing and commenting.

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kcdogger Veteran Member • Posts: 3,730
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Surprised to find this thread. I have a brand new EX ZR800, bought as a back up for my EX ZR700 and never used. - maybe 3-5 clicks on it. Inspiring that they are still around and used. Gotta get mine out, I guess. They were great little cameras.

Peace.

John

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kcdogger Veteran Member • Posts: 3,730
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Erik - So glad to see you are still posting and shooting.  I got my Casios based upon your posts.  My EX ZR 800 is still brand new.  The EX ZR700 never did give out.

Peace.

Jphn

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