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Fly1ngSquirrel
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United Kingdom
Current Residence: England
Favourite genre of music: Rock, pop, OSTs
Operating System: XP
MP3 player of choice: Archos 404 (it plays videos too!)
Shell of choice: Turtle
Favourite cartoon character: Kenshin, Vash, Esteban from MCoG or Nadia/Jean from Nadia
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Went to London today (well, yesterday, it's 4am now - I blame Nico for messing up my sleep patterns, haha!) and well may I just say there's a lot of interesting smells as you walk around! Was good to see my London friends again - but there's a lot of things I don't like about our city... especially it's centre... you want a list ok: too crowded, ugly, smelly, bad architecture, crappy street pavements, unclean, smelly, over priced, smelly. So yes, not a big London fan, and I prefer most places, the Isle of Wight (where I was last weekend!), Windsor, even Bracknell!

Anyway, onto the camera...
The new camera Panasonic FZ28 with it's massive 18x, 28-470mm lens is stunning. It's a good third heavier than it's baby brother, my old FZ5 which I sold onto my dad for the knock down price of £50. Ok it was 3 years old - but these cameras just NEVER seem to go wrong (touch wood!). They are built so well, and engineered so perfectly. The high ISO setting can't rival a SLR but if you don't want to carry around 5kg of camera and accessories these "bridge cameras" are the best way to go.
The lens of course is the best thing about this camera. It powers on and extends in under 2 seconds. It zooms from super wide to telephoto in 3 seconds. It is super steady with its optical image stabiliser (allowing for ridiculously slow shutter speeds (1/80th at 18x zoom and not blurry)), has no "purple fringing" on high contrast scenes (google it to see what some bad lenses will do with bright light), and focuses in a split second.
The Fstop will only go as low as 4.4 at 18x zoom, but will actually go as low as 3.7 at 17x zoom so I've found it's best to go only close to max zoom if it's dark and you want lots of light in the lens (the lower the F number the more light the lens lets in ... eg. A telescope for instance being long and narrow would have a high F number and be rubbish for photography).
The manual focus came in useful for bees and anything airborn and is really easy to use with the baby rocker button which i'm still getting used to.
The high detail in 10 megapixels means shooting at ISO400 and 800 means you're still going to get a very good picture at typical viewing resolutions (1280x1024).
Oh, and the new lithium battery is amazing - I've taken as many as 950 photos on one charge (taking most on burst mode and shooting pretty fast, but 950 is an incredible amount on one battery charge). I bought 2 batteries - but I can go out for the day shoot for ages, and still use only one.
  • Listening to: something embarassing
  • Reading: that last HP book before I see the film
  • Watching: Full Metal Alchemist,DetectiveAcadamy Springwatch
  • Playing: Unreal Touranment .. now and then
  • Eating: nada
  • Drinking: water

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shattered-ivory Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
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New account, re watch? :(
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ohmygash Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Thanks for your comments! =)
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shattered-ivory Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Thanks for the watch :heart: :D :D
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SnowingPlastic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Thanks for the watch :heart:
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verniceR Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
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thank you mark for the favs
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RJF2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
hey hey
I tried to get a photo of a bee...didnt go so well

BUT! I have taken two on an SLR, but will be developed soon

I did get some moths though, have you any tips to not scare them :) and to get interesting angles please

and cool gallery
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hchic4life Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :+fav:
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Sophanax Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
... What was up with your random comment?
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Fly1ngSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
IF u see the first post on many peoples comments page - that's what they write... somebody did it to my comments wall when it had no comments on it :)
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Sophanax Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
That makes sence I guess... Thanks for explaining it to me.
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