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Old 01-11-2012, 04:37 AM
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Thanks, that put it in terms I fully understand. The big disappointment is how short the Sigma becomes. It was by far my favorite lens to play with as it was a pretty nice wide angle. It worked fine with my Rebel G but did take a beating on its last trip, and needs a tune up, as the AF is now temperamental.

What's hard for me as I have no local camera shop. Just the web and Wal-Mart. One of the shortcomings of my location.

Loosing the wide angle of my current set up brings me back to the original plan as the single lens gives me more than I already have and no Pelican full of additional parts. Perhaps a step back in camera features and sensor quality but a giant leap forward in convenience.

I definitely see myself with a DSLR sometime in the future. But I think for 90% of what I want to do now the high end point and shoot is my best option. Thanks for the help
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:52 AM
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Convenience is certainly important. If you don't carry it, you won't shoot it, and it's not worth it.

I totally agree with the wide angle thing kinda sucking... I shoot WAY more wide angle than I do telephoto, and 18mm wasn't quite doing it for me, so I ended up getting a Tokina 12-24 that I probably use 75% of the time.

If you haven't decided where to order from, I can highly recommend B&H Photo. Their customer service is outstanding. I bought a lens from them back in July, and it dropped in price $200 three weeks after I bought it. I called them up, and they credited my card back, and were really friendly on the phone. That kind of thing goes a long way in my book.
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What's hard for me as I have no local camera shop. Just the web and Wal-Mart. One of the shortcomings of my location.
There is a good camera shop in Montrose, maybe the best one on the western slope.

Great Western Camera‎
210 South Townsend Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401-4256
(970) 249-5544

Hope they are still in business. Their website is defunct.
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If you haven't decided where to order from, I can highly recommend B&H Photo. Their customer service is outstanding. I bought a lens from them back in July, and it dropped in price $200 three weeks after I bought it. I called them up, and they credited my card back, and were really friendly on the phone. That kind of thing goes a long way in my book.
I'll keep that in mind. In the past I've always used Camera World of Oregon. Had good luck. For the point and shoodt WalMart has it locally.:roll eyes: but their return policy is pretty wide open. Probably have a cheap no questions asked warranty. But I hate Walmart.

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There is a good camera shop in Montrose, maybe the best one on the western slope.

Great Western Camera‎
210 South Townsend Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401-4256
(970) 249-5544

Hope they are still in business. Their website is defunct.
That's still approx 3 hours away. Not really a good option. But thanks for the info.
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Well the Cannon is now out as it seems to have some low light limitations with regards to manual settings. Now I'm leaning towards the Panasonic FZ150. I hope I can find one locally to handle in person.
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OK, I finally ordered the Panasonic from B&H Photo tonight. Will try it out on the pre-run
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Cool! I'll be interested to see some shots from it once you get it.

Looks like that FZ150 will do 12fps. That's a friggin machine gun for continuous shooting. Should be able to get some nice action captures with that!
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OK, I've had this thing for a month now. Here is a sample of what the zoom can do. All 4 shots taken from the same vantage point. No tripod just jumped out of the car on the way to town the other day. Everything set on "auto" The 2nd one is a little fuzzy. Not sure why. It was low light and I was in a hurry.

#1 at the widest angle
#2 at 10x zoom
#3 at 24x zoom (max optical)
#4 at 32x zoom (some digital zoom)
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That's pretty impressive!
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Some high speed shots in burst mode at the Blue Notch trophy truck race course.
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