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Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:00 pm

Well, I have a fujifilm finepix s5100, great starter camera in my opinion, and I just found out that there is a lens for my camera that can extended my zooming capability. It can go from a 355mm equivalent to a 555mm equivalent.

Is a 555mm lens good enough for those closeups?
 
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:02 pm

That should be more than enough. Even 355mm is a lot of zoom.

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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:05 pm

Zoom is overrated!
 
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:23 pm

Blur becomes a major issue with long focal lengths. Don't ask how I know....
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 3:46 pm

BT,

The extra distance you'll get will come with a loss of quality, maybe small, but it will be there. How small depends on the quality of the teleconverter and a good one will cost as much as a new camera (the one for the FZ-20 costs as much as the camera itself). Other factors such as atmospheric distortions mean that going much above what you already have is often pointless as it just magnifies these distortions - remember the more air you look through (i.e. the farther away you are) the lower the quality of the picture.

You would be better advised saving the money for a better quality camera (may I recommend the FZ-20  Wink/being sarcastic? If you really want to go for longer range without compromising quality, you will ideally need a good quality lens and camera combo, such as offered by DSLRs and their more expensive lenses rather than the Fuji (or other point-and-shoots).

Anyone have experience with teleconverters on Fuji's and Panasonics?

Best regards,

Jim
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:43 pm

The FZ 20 is equivalent to 423mm (or something like that) and is plenty zoom in my oppinion. Only experience I have with the zoom tells me that it's surprisingly steady on full tele, much thanks to the image stabilizer. On digital zoom it is of course crap...  Smile

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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:00 pm

Well i have over 200 photos in the DB and almost 50% of those were taken with the Fuji S7000 with a 1.5 teleconverter added. If you fancy a look just look on my profile and link to the photo's

I can only talk about the S7000 and i can confirm that its a great starter camera. You can start on auto and once you get better you can start to move to the manual modes. The FUJI 1.5 teleconverter had very little effect on quality. And it adds alot more zoom. Well worth the money !!!! There are some other non fuji converters but i have been told the quality is terrible.

I have now moved onto a 20D but i am very greatfull for the foot on the ladder my little S7000 gave me  Big thumbs up

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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:59 am

Simon:

I specifically had you in mind when I asked the question about those with experience of teleconverters. I couldn't remember your Username, so I had to go fishing - and caught you  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

BT:

I can vouch for the fact that Simon's Fuji S7000 pics were very good, so the Fuji teleconvertor should be ok quality-wise (check it does fit your camera though). Seems very reasonably priced too (about £100 in the UK).

Best regards,

Jim
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:40 am

Thom@s wrote:

"The FZ 20 is equivalent to 423mm (or something like that) and is plenty zoom in my oppinion. Only experience I have with the zoom tells me that it's surprisingly steady on full tele, much thanks to the image stabilizer. On digital zoom it is of course crap... "

Yes, the digital zoom isn't very useful for producing Airliners.net standard photos, but as it gives a whacking 48x stabilised zoom, its good enough for picking up registrations on distant aircraft which is nice for the spotters out there - leave your binoculars at home!

Best regards,

Jim
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BT
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 5:16 am

Thanks for all your info...
 
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 5:37 am

555mm enough, umm gee I don't know ...Just be careful not to have your feet showing up on the photo.  Big grin
 
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:08 am

GPHOTO, that's true. Also if one is looking to make small images, like 500 x ??? pixels, then the digital zoom works well.

I took a closeup of the moon the other day. Nice to see the details in the craters etc...  Smile Love the camera...

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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:11 pm

"Zoom is overrated!"

So is being ridiculously far away from the aircraft.
 
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RE: Is 555mm Good Enough

Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:43 pm

Continental,  Big thumbs up

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