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Panasonic 60x superzoom
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013, 08:30:54 AM »
Looks a bit big to casually just carry around compared to other point and shoots.
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 11:19:00 AM »
It has the same 35mm focal length equivalent as the SX50HS.  The minimum aperture range is 2/3 stops better.  My guess is it is a little larger overall too.
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2013, 11:48:19 AM »
Come on, is this the level we are at?

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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013, 11:58:19 AM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013, 01:00:40 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

There are several members on here who have bought and seem to like the SX50, and it is a 1200mm equivalent.

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2013, 01:28:31 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

There are several members on here who have bought and seem to like the SX50, and it is a 1200mm equivalent.

I am one and it can be hand held steady enough to use.  It takes very nice pictures also.
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013, 01:30:05 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

There are several members on here who have bought and seem to like the SX50, and it is a 1200mm equivalent.

I am one and it can be hand held steady enough to use.  It takes very nice pictures also.

I'd like to get one at some point.  There's too much other stuff to buy, and not enough funding.

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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2013, 01:45:02 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

There are several members on here who have bought and seem to like the SX50, and it is a 1200mm equivalent.

I also bought a SX50, it has the hybrid IS, and is quite usable.  IQ starts to degrade noticeably above ISO 400.  The previous Panasonic model was a straight f/2.8 lens but had less zoom.
 
I returned it because it was too difficult for me to press the buttons with my large fingers, so I decided to wait and see if a tough screen model arrives.
 
Here is a shot with it fully zoomed out at ISO 320
 
1/250 sec f/5.6
 

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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2013, 01:54:00 PM »
I like how they describe it as a cannon. It's not, although for those used to the prosumer market it seems like it. They should see a 600mm, or even one of those rare 1200mm lenses =D
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2013, 02:00:43 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

There are several members on here who have bought and seem to like the SX50, and it is a 1200mm equivalent.

I am one and it can be hand held steady enough to use.  It takes very nice pictures also.

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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2013, 02:06:17 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

There are several members on here who have bought and seem to like the SX50, and it is a 1200mm equivalent.

I also bought a SX50, it has the hybrid IS, and is quite usable.  IQ starts to degrade noticeably above ISO 400.  The previous Panasonic model was a straight f/2.8 lens but had less zoom.
 
I returned it because it was too difficult for me to press the buttons with my large fingers, so I decided to wait and see if a tough screen model arrives.
 
Here is a shot with it fully zoomed out at ISO 320
 
1/250 sec f/5.6
 


Nice shot and nice bokeh.

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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2013, 02:06:17 PM »

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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2013, 10:17:16 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.
I said the same thing until I tried it....

This picture is hand held at 1200mm, and is cropped from the center third of the whole picture... and Yes, a 1DX and a 600F4 with a 2X teleconverter would take a better picture.... but that costs a bit more than $300.
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2013, 11:16:30 PM »
I like how they describe it as a cannon. It's not, although for those used to the prosumer market it seems like it. They should see a 600mm, or even one of those rare 1200mm lenses =D

I'd be curious to see what a modern-day EF 1200mm f/5.6 L IS II lens looked like, and what kind of IQ it provided. I suspect it might barely border on "hand holdable" (i.e. like the old 600mm f/4 L) if it used todays fluorite elements and titanium/magalloy body. The 600mm f/4 L IS II with a 2x TC still offers STUNNING IQ. I can't imagine what a native 1200mm lens comparable to Canon's current-day IQ would be like. And, you'ed get 1680mm out of it with a 1.4x TC! :P
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Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
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