It's so funny - the thread is clearly being tracked for ads (especially as I searched Amazon for the EOS-M) and one has now appeared at the bottom of the page for me advertising the EOS-M for £249!
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The pricing for the SX520 seems over priced compared to the competition. The Panasonic FZ70 has a 20-1200mm f2.8-f5.9 lens vs the SX520 with 24-1000mm f3.4-6.0. The FZ70 also comes with an EVF and 1080p60 video, both of which are missing on the SX520. The FZ70 came out at the same list price as the SX520 although you can get it for less than $300 now.
Both of these models seem like they are too little and too late to market. This doesn't bode well for the SX60.
Even the SX50 outperforms FZ70 continuous AF. Why won't it bode well for SX60? SX50 is even sharper.
Even in the noise department, your FZ70 pales in comparison.
I've heard good reports of the 400 DO in practical use - as opposed to the reviews......I would check that out, too, though I can say that the 400 f/5.6 is a great lens if you can get used to the lack of IS. Many of my best photos were taken during the 4 years I owned this lens. The 300 f/2.8 II IS + 1.4x III and 2xIII is what I upgraded to and other than the cost, size, and weight, I can recommend it without reservation.
Also, your post scared me a bit as "going native" means going without clothes in American slang
Because, there are survey results 4-5% of customers who bought the kit lens is that it does not use only kit lens.
Would indeed be interesting to see an accurate translation of this. Do 5% never buy another lens? If so that is an amazing stst
I could believe that easily 4-5% never buy another lens. I know people with DSLRs that bought a kit and are just fine with their kit zoom. They take pictures only once in a while such as on a trip or at some big event. It just depends on how much they get into photography.
I sincerely doubt it means 4-5% don't buy lens(es) beyond the kit. The lens + body sales milestones (100M lenses, 70M bodies) aren't consistent with that interpretation.
Living in Botswana, let put across my experience. I used to use the 300 F2.8mk1 with a1.4X TC permanently fitted on my 7D. I was quite happy with the combo and as I was still learning to use my gear I did miss a few shots here and there. Last year during some major upgrades, I sold off the 300Mk1 and replaced it with the 200-400mm . My reasons
1) Versatility of the zoom for composition cannot be beaten !!!
2) I dont have to worry about weights and losing luggage enroute to places. I usually book a private safari and pay through my nose for having certain privileges such as being the only person with the guide on the "Bakkie"/ Open Safari vehicle.
3) The higher F stop is not too much of a problem for me.
4) Dust is a B***H, it gets in everywhere.
5) I usually holiday in private concession which means that we can go off road , where as in the parks you are restricted to the roads and will need a longer lens.
6) After two holidays with the 200-400, I am very happy and impressed with having it on a 1Dx !
PS: I am thinking of adding a 600mm with a crop body( 7D2?) and 1.4X TC for Birding !
We were in SA on safari, together with my wife. we had a 300f2.8ISi and 70-200f4IS and a 2xiii Extender on 5dii and 50d
in "good light mode" we had the 300mm on the 50d normally with extender, in the evening, we removed first the extender, next changed the 300mm on the 5dii and maybe the 50d to a fast 50mm.
- a crop camera is the better extender than a real extender
- the big whites are so bitingly sharp, that their resolution is enough for the spaller pixels on the crop sensor
- with 2 cams one gets different perspectives at the same time.
For the (in my opinion) way overpriced 200-400 you can probably take a 2nd person on the trip, who does the 2nd perspective (and helps to carry all the stuff).
If money doesnt matter, and if y can carry the weight of the 200-400, i would take a 400f2.8 instead, with the same strategy, and would use a 1 crop and one FF camera instead of 2FF