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5.0 out of 5 stars All things to all men?, 8 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Panasonic DMC-FZ8EB-K Digital Camera - Black (7.2MP, 12 x Optical) 2.5" LCD (Electronics)
I took delivery of this camera this morning. I was an avid amateur photographer in my youth and having worked my way up from a Zenith E to a Canon T90 I eventually tired of lugging a bag around that most air carriers won't allow on as hand luggage and I bought a Hybrid 35mm Camera, an Olympus is 100, before taking the digital plunge with a Fuji 2800zoom. This was replaced with an Olympus FE before I decided on the Panasonic (see other reviews for reason why) My main reason for choosing this camera was the Leica lens, I have always advised anyone looking to buy a digital camera "Stick with the main camera makers for the quality lens, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax etc" So the Leica input was irresistable. As I had not handled it before it arrived this morning, I was a little concerned from other reviews questioning its flimsiness and size, but I cant understand why. Although it is light, the (matt black) finish is very nice and it is certainly the best quality digital camera body I have handled, far better than the Olympus is 100 or an earlier Canon T70. I also wear a size 8 surgical glove and have no problems with the size of the camera. Surely the whole point of these cameras is their portability? Despite all the features; Program AE, Aperture, or Shutter priority, and fully manual exposure, there are no more knobs and buttons than on the Olympus FE I bought last year.The camera boasts all the features of my old T90 plus a range of auto scene settings and comes with that enormous 36-432 (35mm equivalent) lens. Screw in adaptors are available to extend the wide angle to 25mm or the tele to 735mm! Criticisms? A fiddly lens hood arangement, although with the optional adaptor it will accept 55mm filters and hoods. Also an annoying joystick arrangement for manual focusing. However, given the limitations of autofocus systems, it is nice to have the option. Also that lovely big LCD screen protrudes a couple of mil from the rear of the camera, so using the viewfinder inevitably means a greasy mark from your nose (is my nose just greasy or too big?) These are only minor points but that is because that is all I can find wrong with the camera. When I sold my T90 a decade ago this was the camera I envisioned replacing it with, sadly I spent several hundred pounds on unsuitable cameras before it became available. The FZ8 is available for under £150 if you shop around and at that price nothing can touch it. It has reignited my interest in photography beyond snapshots, without breaking the budget, or my arm carrying it. Yes, it is all things, at least to me.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2008 12:02:12 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2008 17:54:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2008 18:10:56 GMT
This review was not written in its enirety after a few hours. It started in order to address concerns over the size and build quality that I had read about, and was added to and modified four times over the following two weeks. Why would anyone want to comment on the review? If you don't want this camera, don't buy it. The review is there to reassure people who have the same qualms as I did, and to let people know that it was available cheaper elsewhere, not for someone with nothing better to do with their time to comment on.
"When I want your opinion, I'll tell you what it is."

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2008 09:53:39 BDT
Norrin_Radd says:
Good review, in my opinion.
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