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  1. #1
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    Smile Just ordered my LUMIX DMC FZ5K

    I am so excited!! After DAYS of spending literally HOURS on the computer researching cameras I finally decided on the FZ5. I know I don't really "need" all the things the camera offers...but, I know I will enjoy it! I kept looking at other cameras people recommended...but, in the end I kept going back to this one! I plan to primarily use it for family photography...but, I am excited to learn all different kinds of photography...so I know the zoom will especially come in handy! Anyone have any tips or tricks for this camera or any advice! It will probably take me a long time just to figure it all out!! But, I am excited!!!

  2. #2
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    Congrats on your purchase, Enjoy it! If you have any questions once you start shooting, feel free to ask!
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


    A bunch of Nikon stuff!

  3. #3
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    Thanks! I am sure I will! Is this a fairly easy camera to learn how to use? Or is it rather complicated? I read several reviews...but, they seemed to all be different about that!


    Canon 350D
    Fuji Finepix f20

  4. #4
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    Just read the instruction and get to know all the little switches and buttons and their functions. Practice and see the effects. I don't think FZ are all that challenging to use.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

  5. #5
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    From where did you order it and for how much? Days and hours of research aren't unusual. Some people research it for months.

  6. #6
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    I ordered it from Ebay....new in the box for 224.00. So much cheaper than anywhere else! I would probably have spent more time researching...but, my son will be full term in 40 more days....so I wanted to have time to learn the camera before he gets here so I can get the best shots!! Babies change so fast!!


    Canon 350D
    Fuji Finepix f20

  7. #7
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    Good choice. They are a nice camera - very dependable. You'll love the 12x zoom.

    My tip : experience is the best way to learn. Take a lot of photos using various settings. Start out in heart mode if you're new to digicams. Later you can shoot in P, A, S, and M modes. Have fun.
    Canon EOS 10D
    Panny FZ20

  8. #8
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    PS - On second thought, I do have one good tip :

    Shoot in as low ISO as possible because 400 ISO causes "noisy" photos. Use a tripod if you have to in order to reduce noise. 80 and 100 ISO most of the time and 200 once in a while should be good.

    Panny makes great cams. I like them and I think you will too. Good choice.
    Canon EOS 10D
    Panny FZ20

  9. #9
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    Thanks! I took my first picture this morning! Just a quick picture...but I think the ISO was at 100. Any more tips I am all open...here is the picture.


    Canon 350D
    Fuji Finepix f20

  10. #10
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    That's a nice shot. Very good!

    You can get good shots out of 400 ISO too. You can get free noiseware to deal with that if you want to. If you reduce a noisy photo the noise will be less visible.

    Shoot at maximum resolution most of the time (2560x19??) - that way you have room to crop and also reduce noise when you reduce the size for viewing.

    Spot metering helps a lot to help prevent overexposured areas of a photo. It's the setting in the bottom 3 of the metering settings. when you point the camera at a subject with spot metering, you will see the camera adjust to the subject's lighting level. Try it.
    Canon EOS 10D
    Panny FZ20

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