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  1. #1
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    New Panasonic FZ200

    I feel like I have turned a complete circle. I think when I joined this forum I had just purchased a Panasonic FZ20...popular for its constant f/2.8 Aperture (although I didn't even know what that was at the time)

    I then moved on to Canon DSLRs (400D / 50D / 5D).

    Tonight I just purchased a Panasonic FZ200 which again, has a constant f/2.8 Aperture (and this time I know what that means). Not sure if anyone visits this section of the forum anymore but I will post some pics after taking it for a test drive for old times sake.
    Last edited by Honest Gaza; 10-03-2013 at 05:08 AM.
    Canon 5D MKlll & Canon 50D
    Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM | Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro | Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM | Canon 50mm f/1.8 | Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 | Canon 430EX Flash | Lowepro Mini Trekker AW | Lowepro Toploader 65 AW | Lowepro Slingshot 200AW | Kata 3n1-10

    Panasonic Lumix FZ200
    Panasonic Lumix TZ7 (aka ZS3)
    Panasonic Lumix FT3 (aka TS3)

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  2. #2
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    I started with an FZ20 too. It was and still is a great camera. I went the Olympus route with an E510 and have been quite tempted like you to go for an FZ200. However, I've gone a different way now as I've jumped for an E-M1. I'll still be very interested to hear how you get on though as the all-in-one solution is still very attractive.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  3. #3
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    Initial thoughts.

    This was purchased as a replacement for a Panasonic Travel Zoom that has an LCD display on the way out. Features I was looking for included :

    * EVF as well as LCD Screen (after using a DSLR for so long I automatically hold every camera up to my eye...which can be embarrassing at times)
    * Reasonable Zoom range for Holiday use
    * High speed video (100fps / 200fps) which my Son wants to make use of
    * Ability to use in Manual Mode
    * f/2.8 throughout the Zoom Range (in this case a bonus feature I wasn't necessarily looking for)

    So far, happy with the photos (as you would expect from Panasonic's flagship P&S) and very impressed with the high speed video feature.

    Sample shot below showing you can even get reasonable Bokeh. This one at f/2.8

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    Last edited by Honest Gaza; 10-08-2013 at 03:34 AM.
    Canon 5D MKlll & Canon 50D
    Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM | Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro | Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM | Canon 50mm f/1.8 | Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 | Canon 430EX Flash | Lowepro Mini Trekker AW | Lowepro Toploader 65 AW | Lowepro Slingshot 200AW | Kata 3n1-10

    Panasonic Lumix FZ200
    Panasonic Lumix TZ7 (aka ZS3)
    Panasonic Lumix FT3 (aka TS3)

    Ali Baba.....the Thief of Bad Gags

  4. #4
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    Looks pretty good Gaza.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

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