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Ive just got this yesterday, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20:



My dad just got a new camera so he gave me his FZ20, its a few years old but hopefully i can get some decent shots with it.
Edited by wiggy2k7 - 4/29/10 at 5:00pm
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I'd like to join! lol

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I'm not sure how much it is to rent for you, but you won't need more than a day to decide if you want it or not. I decided in the local camera shoppe with a 10 minute hands on demo.

What I like about Nikon is they try to keep things similar between models and generations. If you know your D60 well, the learning curve won't be bad at all. The most notable improvements at first glance to me were the improved build quality, weight and front wheel to control aperture. I'm not sure I could live without that now. The 8 way Dpad (there's one on the MB-D10 as well) is amazing and makes going through the menus a breeze.

A lot of the basic functions that were menu only options or maybe possible to set to a fn button on the D60, like WB, ISO, AF, metering, AF/AE lock, quality, DoF preview, Bracketing, etc all have buttons on the D300s. A few on the buttons (I think 4-5) can be remapped as you wish, so if you say never use bracketing, but need to switch certain settings often, you can function one of the front buttons as that instead.

The grip is also amazing. Besides being able to handle a EN-EL4a (D3 battery), it can take a EN-EL3e or 8 AA's. It feels like a part of the camera and has none the flex that most grips have. And since it doubles the battery life (or triples with the EN-EL4a) you'll never take it off, it will become necessary to your shooting style.

Instead of the 50mm f/1.4 to rent, I think you should check out the 17-55mm f/2.8. It costs about twice as much, but it's not a plastic lens and is considered by many to be the best DX normal zoom ever made.
That makes sense. Now that I've tried D60,70,80 and 90 (D100 next? ). It seems very natural to adjust to the slight differences in control. But I was thinking of giving everything a serious go. Like, go to the zoo one day and allocate time for all of the new features. I would hire the 17-55mm but they don't have it. Only the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4 are within budget. Which one should I go for?
    
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That makes sense. Now that I've tried D60,70,80 and 90 (D100 next? ). It seems very natural to adjust to the slight differences in control. But I was thinking of giving everything a serious go. Like, go to the zoo one day and allocate time for all of the new features. I would hire the 17-55mm but they don't have it. Only the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4 are within budget. Which one should I go for?
If you were full frame, I'd say the 85 without a doubt. But the 80's gonna give you alittle reach and oh the bokeh.. But it's a $1200 US lens. Do you want to go there?? I love my 85 and it will be in my bag forever. never shot it on an APC body though.
    
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If you were full frame, I'd say the 85 without a doubt. But the 80's gonna give you alittle reach and oh the bokeh.. But it's a $1200 US lens. Do you want to go there?? I love my 85 and it will be in my bag forever. never shot it on an APC body though.
Forgot to mention that the choice are for a rental because the 85 1.4 is a little bit more than the 50 1.4
    
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Migrating up through Illinois. First one I've seen all year. Heavy crop so some loss of detail. These birds are real spooky. Also cloudy day so high iso (no-no on a D300).

    
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Marin how do you find the focusing with the 85mm 1.4 and your 5D?
    
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Marin how do you find the focusing with the 85mm 1.4 and your 5D?
It's really easy.
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Just a little update. Picked up a D300S tonight
    
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