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The Camera! It's Heeeeeeere...

Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:17 pm

Finally got my brand new Panasonic Lumic FZ 20. I've tested it out a little and so far it looks very promising. As I already have another smaller Lumix camera, it doesn't take long to get acquainted with it.

I'll be testing it out at an airport as soon as possible. Can't wait. Big grin

Thanks to everyone here who helped my choose camera.  Smile

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Sat Jan 15, 2005 10:29 pm

Enjoy it! Hopefully we can soon see some of the results here on a.net.
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:13 am

Kukkudrill, (which btw is a rather offensive term in Norwegian...) thanks. I hope so too. I just have to get through the bunch of photos I still have waiting to be uploaded. I've made it to July 2004 at the moment, so making progress... Big grin

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Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:29 am

Thom@s, now all you have to do is learn how to take decent pics  Big grin
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:48 am

Number of photos by Thomas on a.net: 234

Number of photos by Graham on a.net: 0

I rest my case...  Big grin

Guess the closest you come to having a photo on here is
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:29 am

Thom@s, I much prefer sitting in a pub with a few beers than going out in all sorts of weather taking pics of planes  Big grin
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:30 am

Congratulations on the FZ-20 purchase! The same camera as I have! Feel free to post any questions you may have after playing with it.

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Sun Jan 16, 2005 2:50 am

Nice one Thom@s,

Welcome to the FZ club. Got my FZ-20 last week, but weather has been too poor for aircraft shooting. Got lots of cats instead! Might get to EGBJ tomorrow if I'm lucky, just for practice. Have fun!

Regards,

Jim
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:08 am

i am currently looking at purchasing a camera, and the FZ 20 is one of them which is under consideration.

how do you find the camera? i would like to hear some feedback from owners of the FZ20.

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Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:09 am

Thomas, kukkudrill is Maltese for crocodile but it's fascinating to know that it is also a Norwegian word. Now I'll have to find out what it means ...
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:11 am

Sir Thomas,

Have fun with your new camera !!!  Big thumbs up
 
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Sun Jan 16, 2005 11:43 pm

GKirk, in my defence I never go spotting if the weather is shait.  Smile

Flygmolinafmly, actually, I must say that the zoom ability really impresses me, but so far I can't say the same about the quality. I used it at a concert last night and all the shots were grainy. Haven't tested it out too much outdoors in daylight yet, but will do.  Smile

Kukkudrill, I'll probably get banned if I translate it here, but I'll give you a hint: An offensive term for a part of the body only men have, combined with the word drill, does not make a nice result.  Innocent But I understand that it's 100% innocent... Hehe.

Shep, you're back!!??  Smile Long time no see. Hehe. Any good fishing lately?  Big grin

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Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:36 am

I haven't tried doing any night photos yet.

But try doing this. Go to "menu" when you are going to take a picture. Change the "sensitivity" to something lower, either 80 or 100. I don't rememeber the default. Next, scroll down until you get to "pict. adj.". Change "noise reduction" to high.

See if you get any better results.

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Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:07 am

I like the sound of your advice, but are you sure we have the same camera?  Smile

I couldn't find any of the stuff you mentioned under "menu". I have pict size, quality, audio rec, af mode, cont af, af assistant lamp, d zoom, stabilizer, flip anim, conversion. That's it...

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Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:25 am

Took the FZ-20 out today, as planned. Weather was dry but lighting was constantly changing leading me to make quite a few shots with the wrong exposure (good job its digital, eh?). Very windy making hand holding at 12x a bit tricky. My position relative to the sun and aircraft wasn't favourable either, especially when it is so low at this time of year. Quite a few shots from the shady side which won't be suitable for here.

Got home, stuck the card in the PC and wasn't overly impressed with the results, didn't really spot any a.net 'winners'. Feeling a bit disappointed, I started working on the images anyway and I'm now feeling a lot better, the photos are brushing up quite well. The camera seems to capture quite a bit of detail, but it doesn't really come out until after you've processed the images. I'm really happy with those shots where the lighting and aircraft are in the right positions.

Don't panic yet, Thom@s. I think with the right skies and the right shooting position, this camera will be a winner.

Best regards,

Jim
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Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:30 am

Between 'd.zoom' and 'stabilizer' you should have 'col.effect' and 'pict.adj'.

Do you not have these?

Regards,

Jim
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Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:35 am

No, I havent got anything between d zoom and stabilizer...  Confused

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Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:01 am

Are you in SCN1 or SCN2 mode? If so, swap to P mode (or A,S, M). You cannot alter the ISO, sharpness etc in any of the SCN modes as they are set by the mode you choose.

'col.effect' and 'pict.adj' do not therefore appear in SCN1 or SCN2.

I think this may be the problem. Let us know!

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Jim
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Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:13 am

Ah, yes. Problem solved. Thanks alot. Big grin

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Mon Jan 17, 2005 3:21 am

No problem! It had me puzzling for a few minutes until I worked it out, I don't read the manuals either  Wink/being sarcastic

Best regards,

Jim
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Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:36 am

Kukkudrill, I'll probably get banned if I translate it here, but I'll give you a hint: An offensive term for a part of the body only men have, combined with the word drill, does not make a nice result.

Oh dear. Good job the site administrator is Swedish rather than Norwegian, otherwise I might have gotten banned!  Big grin
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Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:41 pm

Hehe, Don't know if they have the same word as us on that subject, but this is developing into a completely different discussion...  Big grin

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Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:38 am

Hi!

Got my FZ-20 in December. Last weekend I took some pictures without changing any of the default settings (Picture Adjustment, ISO setting, Colour Effects). The results were ok, but improvable. Although, some pictures have been accepted. See here...


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This weekend I went out again and played around with the settings a bit. The results are even better than those seen above. Still have to upload them though...

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Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:06 am

Nice shots. I particulary enjoyed the 747 photo.  Smile

Did you experience any trouble with grainy pics when shooting on full tele?

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Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:09 am

Well, the pics were grainy in dark areas. But that was very much improved when setting 'Noise Reduction' to 'High'.

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Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:46 pm

well, now i have one too. along with a nice little F828
 
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Sat Jan 22, 2005 4:41 am

Fellow FZ20 users,

I've had my first successful uploads with the FZ20:


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Although the photography conditions that day were not to my liking, I found the camera easy to operate, flexible and am very satisfied with the results.

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Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:33 pm

Jim, nice pics. Congrats.  Big thumbs up

I'm testing the camera this monday at my airport. Hope the grainy dark areas are gone now that noise reduction is on "high". The grain ruined my pics the last time i tried out the cam. Hopefully it won't be quite as dark as this at the airport though...  Smile http://nordavind.vierna.net/images/live/P1000263.jpg

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Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:28 pm

OMG, I simply LOVE the FZ 20!!  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

I tested it at the airport today, and although the result is adequate at best compared to a.net standards, I felt I got some pretty good shots today.  Smile

A tiny selection:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/P1000486.JPG
http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/P1000495.JPG
http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/P1000522.JPG

Yay. Big grin

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Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:00 pm

Thom@s nos 2 and 3 in particular look very good. I hope the cropping won't cause you problems, but the image quality certainly seems OK to me. Good luck ...

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Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:54 pm

Hardly needed to crop.  Smile Loooooove the camera, hehe. Brand new camera, brand new paint scheme on the ATR.42, brand new morning. Doesn't get much better. Big grin

Off topic: are you a Tolkien fan?

Well that ain't latin in my signature...  Big grin Yeah, I admire his work...

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Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:50 am

I hesitated to ask, in case it turned out to be Norwegian!  Laugh out loud
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Tue Jan 25, 2005 3:50 am

Hehe, there's no similarity. Big grin

Anyway, the pics I took today are the most popular on "the other site" I upload to...  Smile Good start for the FZ 20...

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