Sunday, May 20, 2007
FZ50 On Cruise
Camera worked flawlessly on trip. It's light weight and relatively small size encouraged me to haul it out when I wouldn't have bothered with my big camera and to experiment more. Generally I shot raw to eliminate loss of detail through noise suppression but shot jpegs when I needed rapid recycling between shots - though slow focusing meant that I didn't find it good for shooting whales.
I did turn down noise suppression in jpegs part way through trip and that helped but didn't eliminate rather heavy handed noise suppression so I do recommend raw for most things and live with the 3.6 second delay between shots. I made use of the tilting lcd screen several times including the image of the bow bulb shot with camera held out over the water.
Overall I think that taking the FZ50 was a good idea and in hind sight I should have used it for some of the long shots that the 100-400 couldn't do well (see prev. entry).