Today marks, what might be, my last post of an image taken with my trustworthy Panasonic FZ28. I've had that camera for about 8 years. It's gone everywhere with me. And get this...It has shot over 840,000 shots! I've always kept that setting on all my cameras just for the purpose of seeing how many each camera can do. On DPReview, I read that a solid camera should produce about 100,000 shutter releases. I think I got my money's worth out of that workhorse. My new FZ200 (same body, same lens, pumped up specs) should be delivered today. I'm most excited for the 2.8 across the entire 700+ mm zoom! And my wide angle will now be 24 instead of 28! Small things, but I'm still over the top excited. I'll miss the ease of knowing where to find every setting without even thinking about it. No matter how deep into submenus I had to go, I could fly through them. The settings buttons have been moved around a bit and, like every other camera now, no manual comes in the box! This will be a first for me. Most every image I have on Smug was shot with that camera, incase any of you have been questioning whether lugging all that equipment around everyday is really worth it or necessary. I also have a Nikon D300s, with a variety of lenses. I often shoot with both of them around my neck (and yes I get tangled sometimes) and ALWAYS ending up preferring the Panasonic's images to those shot with the D300. I'm pretty good with shooting in manual on both cameras and the exposures are fine but, its the crispness and color where the Panasonic wins. And the 600mm zoom has been amazing. I cant wait to see how the almost 800mm performs on the new one.
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