July 25 2007 - Photo Jottings

July 25 2007


I finished the full review of the Tamron 18-250mm lens.  It’s my longest to date with plenty of screen shots.  This is a good cost effective alternative to the factory offerings if you factor in a good close macro and a little extra reach.  Up next is the fast Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 macro.


Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd  Specs here.
Fujifilm S8000fd homepage.

Now Fuji enters the ring with their own 18x zoom.  This time it’s a 27-486mm F/2.8-4.5 in which the lens by the way, looks identical to my Olympus SP-550UZ.  It think all the 18x lenses are made by the same company and the focal length range is a matter of sensor placement.  I also noticed in the original press pictures some red fringing which I’ve shown, it’s the same picture, just cropped at 100%.  They took this studio shot with a 12MP camera according to the file, and I’m not really impressed with them.  anyways, here’s some quick specs on the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd.

*  8MP 1/2.35″ CCD.
*  27-486mm F/2.8-4.5 optical zoom lens.
*  Dual image stabilization, optical-CCD shift and digital ISO manipulation.
*  Full manual controls.
*  ISO up to 6400, but only at half size (thankfully)
*  Face detection for up to 10 faces with automatic red-eye removal.
*  LCD 2.5″ 230,000 pixels.
*  58mb of internal memory.
*  Uses 4 AA’s.
*  SD, SDHC, and of course xD cards.
*  Available in September ’07 for $399.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Specs here
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Homepage

Panasonic enters the super zoom field with the Lumix DMC-FZ18K.  At first I though they were using the Olympus SP-550 UZ lens, but now I see there’s some difference in the front design and the lens rating; Olympus lists F/2.8-4.5, Panasonic F/2.8-4.2, no big deal anyways.  Here’s some quick specs for the little super zoom. 

     *  Lens, F/2.8-4.2, 28mm-504mm.
*  18X optical zoom.
*  8.1MP 1/2.5 CCD
*  AF assist lamp.
*  Full manual controls.
*  2.5″ LCD 207,000p
*  ISO 100-6400, can’t wait to see that.
*  Intelligent auto mode…we’ll see about that!
*  Face detection for up to 15 faces!
*  Continuous shooting…3fps up to 7 images.
*  Built in 27mb memory.  SD, SDHC, MMC cards.
*  Telephoto and wide angle lenses available for a 20mm to 857mm range.
*  Optical image stabilization.
*  Shutter 60sec to 1/2000.
*  Your choice of silver or black bodies.
*  Widescreen movie mode 848×480 @30fps
*  On sale, September ’07  $399.


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