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I Get A Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 To Replace Sony a77 mk II! Sacre Bleu! Yikes?

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by Anura Guruge


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The winding road to the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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It is OK. I don’t need to be told. I fully (and painfully) appreciate that this was one HECK of a downgrade — and a case of backtracking!

Yes, after being adamant that I wanted a sensor that was at least APS-C size I have gone with a 1″. I know.

The Lumix FZ1000, at ~$780, was exactly half the price of what I paid for the Sony a77 mk II (before rebates). So it was one heck of a step-down. I am hoping against hope that I did not screw up too badly. But, though people find this near impossible to believe, there is method to my madness and I am not totally stupid (and never have been). I have always been just partly stupid.

After I lost the 989 images I was TOO RATTLED to ever again be comfortable taking pictures with a Sony a77 mk II. I have used digital cameras for 15 years and this was the FIRST time I lost ANY images. That is big.

The Lumix FZ1000 is very much a COMPROMISE.

I invested over 20 hours evaluating the Sony a77 mk II BEFORE I bought it. IF I think about it, I spent MORE time checking out the Sony than I did my wife — before I asked her to marry me!

I just don’t have the inclination or time to spend another 20 hours checking out another camera. That was why I decided to go with a compromise camera.

But it is NOT a really bad compromise. People do RAVE about the the FZ1000 and we are NOT strangers to Lumix cameras. The Lumix ZS19 (which replaced a ZS20) we had, before we started getting the sticking lens cover problem), was, by far, one of our favorite cameras. During 2012 – 2013 we had 3, possibly 4, Lumix cameras in this household. So I have some experience with Lumix cameras.

85%, possibly 90%, of the pictures I take, of late, are concerts (e.g.. “The Brigadoons” or Ronan Tynan for ‘Great Waters‘), events (e.g., Laconia Multicultural Day) or landscapes (e.g., Acadia). So the two mandatory things I need are good zoom and high ISO. The FZ1000 gives me these, at a reasonable price, and without the need to lug multiple lenses. That in the end was the deciding factor.

Yes, the FZ1000 is NOT a Sony a77 mk II. It doesn’t feel as rugged and the menus are a bit ‘hit or miss’. The documentation is AWFUL and I can’t find any books, in English, for the FZ1000.

OK. Deanna and the kids kind of already know. The FZ1000 is NOT for the long run. I am sure that there will be a CROP of new cameras between Christmas and Easter. Come June 2016 I probably will be in the market for another. I have ‘money in the bank’ so to speak given that I am getting a full refund for the Sony.

I took a few pictures with the Lumiz FZ1000. Not bad. Yes, a LOT I have to learn. But …


My first few pictures with the FZ1000.
Untouched. In JPEG as they came out of the cameras.
These really were from the first 12 pictures I took —
with the first 3 at the top.
(You can check the numbers. P1000001 onwards!)
iA+ setting. Taken Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
Enjoy.


Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera: Automated Lens Cap Started To Stick! Just 20 Days Of Use.

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Anura Guruge


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We were in awe of this camera. It took amazing pictures. We still hadn’t worked out all that it could do, or what it was automatically doing for us already. We were beginning to suss out that it, on its own volition, took multiple pictures in burst mode (and I think it can take up to 10 a second) and either just gave us the best or did an composite of all it took. It was pretty cool.

This morning we all hiked down to Halfmoon Lake through trails in the wood, sloshing through the melted snow. When we got to the lake Deanna took the camera out to take pictures. She though the picture in the viewfinder looked dark. So she happened to look at the front of the self-projecting lens. The lens cap was only 1/2 open! Not good. It wasn’t like it was cold. It was a veritable heat wave up here. It was probably 38°F. The second time she re-cycled power, it retracted fully. Then it happened again a few minutes later.

Not good. We have only used it for 20 days. Yes, it is an amazing lens. I have to assume that it has some kind of sealed lubricated mechanism. This camera, as far as we know, has not been dropped or abused. That comes later.

All said, we were not worried. I had got it from Amazon. The reason I insist that we buy through Amazon, rather than anybody else, is there superb customer care. To return it and ask for a replacement was effortless. Took less than 5 minutes in total, including printing the return barcode. We have had great luck with Amazon. So, as far as we know, UPS will come and pickup the return tomorrow. If things go per plan, we should have another one by next week. Yes, Amazon does ‘know’ me. It does keep track of EVERYTHING you do with them and I do more than just buy stuff from them. I have multiple sub-accounts with them for my book publishing, Kindle etc. Amazon knows all of that.

Well, I will keep you posted.


Click to ENLARGE. Panorama shot of Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, taken with the  Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.

Click to ENLARGE. Panorama shot of Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, taken with the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.


Panasonic Lumix ZS20 did take great pictures. Deanna took this halfway up Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH on Friday.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 did take great pictures. Deanna took this halfway up Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH on Friday. Click to ENLARGE.

On Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, this morning. This was after Deanna got the lens cap to open. This is a very shallow lake. So my chances of falling in are remote.

On Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, this morning. This was after Deanna got the lens cap to open. This is a very shallow lake. So my chances of falling in are remote.