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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 11:36   #26
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I've got the Panasonic FZ330 (aka FZ300), which offers 25-600mm (24x zoom) at f/2.8. If I'm taking bird photos, I put it in drive mode and snap off several shots at once to mitigate the effects of camera shake. I tried out a number of cameras, including the FZ2500, which I found too large to be comfortable. The FZ330 is just about perfect for me in terms of size, features, and complexity. There are also teleconversion lenses (of varying quality) that you can get for it to increase the reach even further, which makes it handy for identifying distant birds, or working out whether that blob is a bird or a molehill/hare/bin bag/chimney/etc. The moveable touchscreen is very useful, especially if you've got the camera on a tripod and want to quickly move the focus area, etc.

On the down side, it gets noisy quickly in low light, and trying to photograph distant hen harriers coming in to roost, hand-held, just before sunset was not a successful venture. :\

I found it very useful to go into a camera shop and try out the various models I was interested in, having read up on them beforehand. Even though I was limited to viewing images on the camera's built-in screen, I could assess the image stabilisation, zoom, drive mode, low/artificial light performance, and ergonomics. There are plenty of examples online of the best that all these cameras can achieve, but that doesn't mean much if the camera is too heavy to hold comfortably or you struggle to see the screen or you need to use a tripod to get decent images.
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Old Tuesday 20th February 2018, 21:58   #27
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You can check my gallery for what the SX60 can do.

Granted, I use them predominantly online showing people on an iDevice, not printed-out.

I shoot relying heavily on ETTL to avoid blowing-out the highlights badly, and making-up for it in post-processing in Photoshop with some Topaz Labs plugins. So my "straight-off-the-camera" shots are just "meh" because I shoot with post-processing in mind.

I do not have the liberty of "getting closer" due to the restrictions of the nature areas available to me, so "range is everything" on most days out.

I hand-hold 99% of the time, even at max optical zoom and digital teledapter distances. I have captured BiF at long ranges (out past 80m). Biggest drawback is the slow zoom speeds and slow first shot...means I get too much "bird butt" a good chunk of the time.
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