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  • #16
    The super zoom cameras seem to have come a long way and take pretty good telephoto images. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45 is pretty tempting with its 24x optical zoom for ?220. I had the Canon S1 IS 9 years ago which was 10x and it did have some purple fringing on maximum zoom due to the lens setup 5.58 - 58mm. I wonder how the Panasonic compares...




    Having looked into superzooms for a bit, the Fujufilm Finepix HS10 looks even better with a 30x optical zoom and for the same price

    Last edited by chris; 8 March 2012, 08:43 PM. Reason: updated with more info
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    • #17
      @CD 50-500mm, thats a huge range (plane spotter territory). Did you go for the Sigma?
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      • #18
        I was so amazingly wrong. 70-300. This one:

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        Bought it aaaaaaaages ago for about €150.
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        • #19
          Was wondering because the Sigma 50-500mm is about ?800
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          • #20
            @CD well with the 1.6 magnification factor of the 350D (not a full frame sensor), the 300mm lens is effectively a 460mm lens
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            • #21
              In saying that, dad's a photographer so could always nick his supermegahuge lenses!

              Actually, maybe not, knowing me I'd break the most expensive one...
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              • #22
                I don't think I would want to be traveling with a 150-500! Bit of a big lens and would end up having to go in the check in luggage :/

                I will be taking all my gear I think, it all fits in my Lowepro bag as hand luggage

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                • #23
                  I won't be taking my SLR on my next ship, it took too much of my hand luggage. I'm very keen on the Fujifilm super zoom compact camera though, must hide credit card.
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                  • #24
                    Word of warning- I got told off on my first cruise ship for taking my camera about with me "You're here to work, not take pictures" It's only a Fuji S6500 but is bulky enough to be in the way, I was using it to take pics of tender ops etc, but still... I got me a small pocket size pointy clicky asap! As a cadet I took a lot of pics, a years worth are still waiting to be edited before I get them up onto flickr! Nowadays I don't get much time for taking pics - got me a bollocking on the bridge afew weeks ago though for taking a couple of snaps as we went through the Panama Canal - it was deserved really, the pilot had the con and everything, but I should have been concentrating on what he was doing as we went round a turn. Won't make that mistake again!!! It's a shame I see so many things I want to take pics of, but the job has to come first!

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                    • #25
                      Good point size4.

                      I had a small pocket camera on me while I was working, mostly to support the TRB/workbook, but I took a few sneaky tourist shots with it too. I took the bulk of my tourist photos with the SLR during smoko breaks as I'm not a smoker, in my lunchbreak, or outside my 8-6 working hours. I wouldn't take any photos while watch keeping. As a general point, best not to use the flash in the switchboard room as it triggers the arc sensors.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by size4riggerboots View Post
                        Word of warning- I got told off on my first cruise ship for taking my camera about with me "You're here to work, not take pictures" It's only a Fuji S6500 but is bulky enough to be in the way, I was using it to take pics of tender ops etc, but still... I got me a small pocket size pointy clicky asap! As a cadet I took a lot of pics, a years worth are still waiting to be edited before I get them up onto flickr! Nowadays I don't get much time for taking pics - got me a bollocking on the bridge afew weeks ago though for taking a couple of snaps as we went through the Panama Canal - it was deserved really, the pilot had the con and everything, but I should have been concentrating on what he was doing as we went round a turn. Won't make that mistake again!!! It's a shame I see so many things I want to take pics of, but the job has to come first!
                        Advantages of schlepping around in a boiler suit all day with a pointy clicky camera that fits comfortably into one of my many pockets...

                        I've also been given a minor telling off for taking "scenic pictures" whilst in drydock and not actually supervising the "furniture" who should have been replacing a radar.....
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