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  1. Charlie Spencer

    Nikon P950 vs Canon SX70; also, 'International'?

    I wound up with the Sony RX10 iv. I'm happy with it so far. The viewfinder is much sharper than my older Panny. The larger sensor required a sacrifice of zoom range but the resulting images are sharper too. The autofocus is faster and more accurate. The manual focus uses a ring around the...
  2. Charlie Spencer

    RX10 iv on order; recommended settings for birds

    Yeah, too much time today gathering specs and not paying attention. I'll see if I can get a mod to move this. I raised the subject several places and eliminated everything except the two, then gathered a bunch of opinions. I'm going with the larger sensor and I'll see if I can get over my...
  3. Charlie Spencer

    RX10 iv on order; recommended settings for birds

    Let's start with stationary and perched first, please. I'll ask about BIFs later after I've mastered the non-movers. Otherwise, feel free to toss in anything else I might need to know regarding my new toy. I'm coming from a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70, and I'm more birder than photographer. Thanks.
  4. Charlie Spencer

    Cornell Photography Course - Worth it?

    I agreed there were less expensive methods.
  5. Charlie Spencer

    Cornell Photography Course - Worth it?

    Trial and error may be an excellent teacher, but it's an inefficient one. It often results in using cumbersome methods that you just happened to have discovered, instead of more efficient ones that you wouldn't have found on your own. As a network administrator, I see self-discovered...
  6. Charlie Spencer

    FZ80/FZ300/SX70 choice - any thoughts?

    I hope you enjoy the heck out of it! My FZ70 would definitely get some birds.
  7. Charlie Spencer

    FZ80/FZ300/SX70 choice - any thoughts?

    I think this is where we're talking past each other. I'm interested in the level of detail I can see in a bird at the center of the picture; does it have enough detail for me to say what species it is? If viewing the photo at its full original size means some of it slops off the edge of the...
  8. Charlie Spencer

    FZ80/FZ300/SX70 choice - any thoughts?

    Thanks! (I think). Did you do something to the first image besides crop it from the second? I notice it's darker than the second, and the branches on the bank appear less defined. And I still don't understand how you can cut something away and wind up with an image that's the same size as...
  9. Charlie Spencer

    FZ80/FZ300/SX70 choice - any thoughts?

    Okay, you've lost me. I don't understand how trimming can make something larger. Say I start with an image that 100 x 100 pixels. If I trim 25 off top, bottom, left, and right, I'm left with an image that's 50 x 50. I now have an image that's half the original height and width, and 25% of...
  10. Charlie Spencer

    FZ80/FZ300/SX70 choice - any thoughts?

    Steven, can you break this down what this means in terms that I can understand as someone who's a birder first and a photographer second? I don't understand what 'cropable' means, at least not in terms of reach. I admit I'm persuaded by large optical zoom numbers. I've been working on the...
  11. Charlie Spencer

    FZ80/FZ300/SX70 choice - any thoughts?

    Your description of how you use a camera and what you want from it sounds a lot like what I do, especially the bit about recording rare / unusual sightings for display on a computer monitor. What you have that I lack is experience with DSLRs, so my comments can't take that into account. I've...
  12. Charlie Spencer

    P950 'Birdwatching' mode

    As we say in computer support, "RTDM!" ("Read The Damn Manual!")
  13. Charlie Spencer

    P950 'Birdwatching' mode

    I don't have either one (yet). The assorted specs show the P950 had a scene mode specifically named 'Birdwatching'. None of the web resources I've looked at say the P1000 has a corresponding mode. I'm trying to determine a) if there is a 'Birdwatching' scene mode on the P1000, b) if there...
  14. Charlie Spencer

    P950 'Birdwatching' mode

    Hi. Could someone post the settings that are applied when the birdwatching mode is selected on a P950, or what the equivalent mode is on a P1000? Thanks!
  15. Charlie Spencer

    Bridge camera advice, please

    You may have already answered but how do you carry the P1000 around if you're going to be out for three to five hours? My FZ-70 weighs around a pound. I have a camera case I strap over my shoulder and a cross my body, with the case on my right side so I can pull the camera out when needed. I...
  16. Charlie Spencer

    Nikon P950 vs Canon SX70; also, 'International'?

    I'll open with the easier question. I often see a camera marked 'International version' priced 15% or more less than the same model that isn't specifically marked as 'International', on the same web site. What's an 'International version' and should I care? Okay, here's the harder one. I...
  17. Charlie Spencer

    Bridge camera advice, please

    I move more than remain stationary. I don't set up shop in a blind, don't remain in one spot for hours, don't do a 'Big Sit'. I may remain in a spot 10 or 15 minutes but then usually move on. It looks like the bigger killer for the DSLR or mirrorless is (surprise) the cost of a lens with a...
  18. Charlie Spencer

    Bridge camera advice, please

    Thanks, I'd already visited both of those. Portability? I'm usually out less than four hours at a time, and only for a full day a couple of times a year. Binos will remain my primary tool, so I plan on hanging the camera off a strap, sling, harness, etc. We mostly travel by car, and only...
  19. Charlie Spencer

    Bridge camera advice, please

    More of the Eternal Question I wasn't sure if I should piggy-back my question onto Lissagriffin's discussion. If this is offensive, let me know and I'll start a new thread. I've asked this same question before. Last time I decided to remain with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70, but I'm...
  20. Charlie Spencer

    Best 2019 bridge cameras for birding

    Thanks. I can see that would make for easier comparison but I don't know how to interpret them. I usually see two of them, the first one smaller than the second, but I don't know what they represent, or what they mean in terms of my being able to zoom in on a subject. It's like hearing one...
  21. Charlie Spencer

    Best 2019 bridge cameras for birding

    Yeah, that's about $1050 or $1100 stateside. Thanks.
  22. Charlie Spencer

    Best 2019 bridge cameras for birding

    Neil, thanks. I'm not necessarily looking for the best of everything. My goal is sharp images of birds, often at a distance. The camera will used almost exclusively for birding. The images will be used as records of what I've seen, and to help identify unknown birds when I get home. Birds...
  23. Charlie Spencer

    Best 2019 bridge cameras for birding

    I've had a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 for a few years. The camera actually takes darn good photos in Auto mode, and the 60X optical usually pulls me in close enough for bird ID purposes. However, I have a couple of complaints that are pushing me to look at other hardware. The first is the...
  24. Charlie Spencer

    Hi. Lexington, SC, USA

    Thanks. I'm a network administrator but I don't do anything with photos or graphics. I've never really looked at Paint and I didn't know it would resize. So next I attach the image? I don't copy and paste it into message box?
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