[Tweeters] Camera Lenses

SGMlod at aol.com SGMlod at aol.com
Thu Oct 26 15:22:51 PDT 2006

Greetings All

I am rather shocked that no one mentioned (at least not in the messages I 
perused) the Panasonic Lumix. I have used the DMC-FZ30. The lens is built into 
the camera, so I guess I am talking a camera, not a lens.

It has an optical zoom that takes you from 35 to 420 with an internal 
stabilizer. The lenses are made by Leica. It is 8 megapixel. And it is WAY more 
compact than the Canon, making it much easier to tote about. My CA birding friends 
mostly use this camera, though nationwide, the Canon seems more popular.

If you throw on the Olympus 1.7 teleconverter, you can get up to about 700mm 
without losing any light.

Big advantages-- you can still use autofocus with the teleconverter on.

Another big advantage is that the teleconverter can be rapidly removed for 
macrophotography. For those interested in taking photos of bugs and flowers and 
such, the Lumix excels at macrophotography. Nothing like taking photos of 
dragonflies so close that the dragonfly takes off because the lens touches its 

The FZ30 is no longer made. They now make a FZ50 which is 10 megapixel. I 
have it, but haven't used it yet. Got tremendous reviews. And.... it costs only 
about 500$.

Steven Mlodinow
Everett WA
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