My new P950

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Akkerman54
Akkerman54 Regular Member • Posts: 136
My new P950
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I'm new to this forum, coming from Panasonic Compact Camera. I do not post often. This summer I bought a (used) P950 and I think it is in a good condition. Although the point-AF often does not focus properly at the long end of zoom (known drawback) and not every handheld shot is a keeper of course.

Sold my Lumix FZ200 but will keep the FZ1000.

Here are 3 bird pics taken this summer with the P950.

Kestrel

Goldfinch 1

Goldfinch 2

Regards

Akkerman54

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p900learner
p900learner Senior Member • Posts: 2,023
Re: My new P950

You can be very proud of these images Akkermann - sharp, crisp, colors and details all very nice.

Welcome to the community, and I hope you share more of your images.

One of my goals this year was to photograph a sharp American Kestrel - if your Common Kestrel is anything like the American it is very skittish and difficult to get close enough to photograph.  I did better, but not near as good as yours.

Ev

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Panet
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Re: My new P950

Your P950 seems to be in good condition, as also your photographer performance.

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Bassy Forum Pro • Posts: 11,494
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Although the point-AF often does not focus properly at the long end of zoom

i find that af area mode manual spot works great on perched  birds

your pictures look excellent to me  regards  bassy

Eightace Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: My new P950

Nice.

Got a B700 and had some nice bird photos with that.

Also got a Gx9 with the 100-300. That takes better photos up to 600mm and a bit further if you include cropping.

But after say 1000mm the nikon reach puts it ahead. Had some really nice photos even at its max 1440mm.

I'm currently weighing up getting the 100-400, buying a heavy 600mm full frame lens or getting the p950.

I just want to slightly improve my photo's and a bit more reach would be nice.

Got some nice kestrel shots but never had much luck with goldfinches. They always seem to lack the feather detail yours have.

Don't know why. I've taken nice photos of other even smaller birds but goldfinches always seem more mobile or that bit too far.

Your photos have made me seriously think about the p950 again.

Akkerman54
OP Akkerman54 Regular Member • Posts: 136
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Eightace wrote:

Your photos have made me seriously think about the p950 again.

Thanks for your nice comment. As I mentioned I am satisfied with my P950.

But keep in mind my workflow, which is very similar to Sherms and ANYVs I think:

1. Shooting RAW

2. Develop & DeNoise with DxO PL 4 ELITE, sometimes some local adjustments there (e.g. highlight clipping). Export as .DNG file.

3. Sharpen with Topaz Sharpen AI which I call as PSE14 plugin.

This workflow gives very good results, better than JPG-PP. But its a little more time and effort.

And note that shooting handheld at about 2000mm gives you only a few keeper especially in not so sunny light.

Here are 2 more goldfinches which I  new developed with DxO PL 5 (trial). But I cant see an improvement compared to PL 4.

Goldfinch 3

Goldfinch 4

Regards

Akkerman54

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Akkerman54
OP Akkerman54 Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: My new P950

Bassy wrote:

Although the point-AF often does not focus properly at the long end of zoom

i find that af area mode manual spot works great on perched birds

your pictures look excellent to me regards bassy

Thank you for your nice comment and your suggestion. I will try it.

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Akkerman54
OP Akkerman54 Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: My new P950

Panet wrote:

Your P950 seems to be in good condition, as also your photographer performance.

Thank you so much, Panet

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Akkerman54
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p900learner wrote:

You can be very proud of these images Akkermann - sharp, crisp, colors and details all very nice.

Welcome to the community, and I hope you share more of your images.

One of my goals this year was to photograph a sharp American Kestrel - if your Common Kestrel is anything like the American it is very skittish and difficult to get close enough to photograph. I did better, but not near as good as yours.

Ev

Thanks for your nice comments.

Indeed its not so easy to get so close to these birds. But as you see from the EXIF this shot was @2000mm and its cropped Out of a series of 5 or 6 this one was the best shot.

But on the same day I got a second kestrel:

Kestrel 2

Regards

Akkerman54

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InkedMarie
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Re: My new P950

Very nice!

Marie

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kathiemt
kathiemt Senior Member • Posts: 1,081
Re: My new P950

Welcome to this forum and thanks for sharing. Great images - clearly you're experienced at photography and I know you're going to love the P950 - just like many of us.  Thanks for sharing the names of the birds too.

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ANAYV Forum Pro • Posts: 22,718
Re: My new P950

Akkerman54 wrote:

I'm new to this forum, coming from Panasonic Compact Camera.

I also was an avid Panasonic superzoom user, starting back in 2004 (FZ10)

FZ200 was a favorite , but my FZ1000 had best I.Q. (4x larger sensor)

I do not post often. This summer I bought a (used) P950 and I think it is in a good condition.

Congrats

Although the point-AF often does not focus properly at the long end of zoom

Choose AF manual Spot. It can AF between tree branches. Only other AF I would choose is Target finding...but that for BIF or other moving subject.

(known drawback) and not every handheld shot is a keeper of course.

Of course. Choosing fps burst mode helps to get a keeper.

The VR is truly amazing. I was shooting the other day ...1/80th at 2000mm reach handheld.

Sold my Lumix FZ200 but will keep the FZ1000.

Sold both of mine. Sold FZ1000 to more into D-SLR world (never was into them before)

Here are 3 bird pics taken this summer with the P950.

Kestrel

Goldfinch 1

Goldfinch 2

Regards

Akkerman54

Beautiful shots!

Welcome to the forum

Stay healthy

ANAYV

Eightace Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: My new P950
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I mess about with lightroom and sharpen ai sometimes.Not always as i don't have the time.

Took this one with the B700 at about 1200mm i think.

Not sure if i did much to this as the light was quite nice that day.

From what i've seen p950 photo's look a bit better straight ooc and the extra zoom will get me closer to those small birds.

But i do like the B700 as its ridiculously small and light for the reach you get.

bluzman
bluzman Senior Member • Posts: 1,394
Re: My new P950

Of the several Coolpix cameras I owned, the B700 was my favorite. I sold them all and moved to interchangeable lens bodies before the P950 was released. Otherwise, I might have considered it.

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Akkerman54
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Re: My new P950

ANAYV wrote:

Akkerman54 wrote:

I'm new to this forum, coming from Panasonic Compact Camera.

I also was an avid Panasonic superzoom user, starting back in 2004 (FZ10)

FZ200 was a favorite , but my FZ1000 had best I.Q. (4x larger sensor)

I do not post often. This summer I bought a (used) P950 and I think it is in a good condition.

Congrats

Although the point-AF often does not focus properly at the long end of zoom

Choose AF manual Spot. It can AF between tree branches. Only other AF I would choose is Target finding...but that for BIF or other moving subject.

(known drawback) and not every handheld shot is a keeper of course.

Of course. Choosing fps burst mode helps to get a keeper.

The VR is truly amazing. I was shooting the other day ...1/80th at 2000mm reach handheld.

Sold my Lumix FZ200 but will keep the FZ1000.

Sold both of mine. Sold FZ1000 to more into D-SLR world (never was into them before)

Regards

Akkerman54

Beautiful shots!

Welcome to the forum

Stay healthy

ANAYV

Thank you for your tips and nice comments.

My FZ-story seems to be similar to yours and goes like this: FZ10 - FZ5 - FZ18 - FZ200 - FZ1000. And like you I had a FZ80 for a short while but sold it because of the I.Q. . And I always wondered how you managed to get such perfect level of PP with FSIV only.

Regards,

Akkerman54

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Akkerman54
OP Akkerman54 Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: My new P950

kathiemt wrote:

Welcome to this forum and thanks for sharing. Great images - clearly you're experienced at photography and I know you're going to love the P950 - just like many of us. Thanks for sharing the names of the birds too.

Thank you so much Kathiemt.

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Akkerman54
OP Akkerman54 Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: My new P950

Eightace wrote:

I mess about with lightroom and sharpen ai sometimes.Not always as i don't have the time.

Took this one with the B700 at about 1200mm i think.

Not sure if i did much to this as the light was quite nice that day.

From what i've seen p950 photo's look a bit better straight ooc and the extra zoom will get me closer to those small birds.

Extra zoom is better but for the price of reduced DOF.

But i do like the B700 as its ridiculously small and light for the reach you get.

If this is a straight OOC shot then no PP is necessary i think.

Regards

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