To super zoom or not to super zoom....
Hi there everyone and greetings from a wintry United Kingdom. I have just found this site and it is fantastic to be able to read all sorts of comments about the various camera packages available on the market!
This thread is particularly interesting to me as I have ventured to the 'dark side' only about a year or so ago but I feel I may already be outgrowing my lovely and trusted Minolta Dimage F300. I am hoping to go on a trip to Namibia later this year so was thinking about getting a new camera with more zoom but with not too much bulk.
The FZ20 looked ideal but seemed a bit too bulky....any suggestions/comments/clues for a keen but rather clueless photographer?? :confused:
How important is manual focus
I ended up being an FZ-20 owner (vs. FZ3) because I thought that I might need the manual focus. For most shots I've taken so far this has not been an issue. However, I occasionally take pictures of birds in trees (may also apply to kids in bushes) and have found the manual focus vital. The auto focus works fine (of course faster is better), but even the spot mode won't work when the bird has branches in front of it.
I'd recommend that you think about where and how you plan to use your camera. If possible walk in similar areas. Your eyes should tell you whether manual focus is useful IN YOUR CASE.
I'm still trying to get my eye's photo 'sensitized' since its been several years since I used my 35 MM film camera.
If I could change one thing, it would be when the camera goes into power save mode it retracks the lens. Walking through the woods, I have lost many shoots waiting for the camera to wake up so I can zoom out. To me this overwelms the 0.5 vs. 0.2 focus debate. <sigh>