The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread

Posted by: polymerase

The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 09:22 AM

Post you TZ5 pics here. Make sure you get a lot of close macros of flowers because Gizmo loves those.<br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 09:29 AM

don't tell me you just bought one as well. copycat!<br><br>you want macro, eh? just so happens that the kids are staying at their grandparents this week and my wife and i have some free evenings to go out to eat:<br><br>[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2572218262_c0a72c2a0c.jpg?v=0[/img]<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: G4Dualie

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 10:00 AM

Here are some terrific shots taken with the TZ5...<br><br><br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 11:11 AM

i just saw your other post and the reason for starting this thread. <br><br>i hadn't heard of bracketeer . . . but i have photomatrix, which was much expensive. apparently, bracketeer is better at default settings (though i don't use photomatrix on default settings) -- comment at MU:<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>So, I went out and took some bracketed shots, most of them quite boring in their nature. Tried out both Photomatix and Bracketeer. I was amazed. Mostly so by Bracketeer. It has less controls than Photomatix, but yields much better results right out of the box at default settings, and at 1/3'rd of the price of Photomatix.<br><br>Just bought it, and look forward to feeding it some worthy material;-)<br><br>Thumbs up to the developer for building on good open source and providing a fair deal. Thumbs up!<p><hr></blockquote><p>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 11:26 AM

No time but here is 105 rings on one of the five White Pine trees I had cut down in my front yard. Those are my soccer cleats in the pic (I coach this afternoon.)<br><br><br><br>In the high res you can count the rings.<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 11:27 AM

And for gizmo, a macro of some mountain laurel in my front yard.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 12:13 PM

new dog old dog<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 12:52 PM

when i am not teaching online, i teach in this building:<br><br>[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/2572231356_3941ce61ba.jpg?v=0[/img]<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 12:53 PM

walking downtown last weekend and found this building:<br><br>[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3047/2572220408_4959c35c9e.jpg?v=0[/img]<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:11 PM

Oh you teases! I saw Poly's thread and have been seriously considering getting one of these. This just pushed me over the edge! Thanks those are great pictures.<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:21 PM

heh, that's about how it worked for me as well.<br><br>amazon had the blue one near $300 2 weeks ago and the silver one was cheap. now the blue one is $269 and the silver is back to $300 along with the black. i bought the blue one right when it dropped to its current rate. look around if you don't find the color you want for $270 or less.<br><br>i really like this camera thus far. i can tell you that it doesn't shoot photos as nicely as my D70 but i don't really notice unless i blow images up. any prints i'd make up to about 8 x 12 are going to look just swell. heck, i think a 16 x 20 poster would look fine as well unless it was being scrutinized closely. but to have wide angle and 10x zoom in one small pocketable camera was just too much for me to pass up on.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: Pete

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:37 PM

I'm curious how large is this camera? Can someone take a shot of it in their hand for scale? <br><br>[color:red]Work With ____!</font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:43 PM

To check to see if I had any dead pixels I shot blue sky<br><br><br><br>and lens cap<br><br><br><br>Blown up in photoshop highest resolution there is only blue and black no dead pixels and none turned on. The blue sky has the slightest of mottling but I forgot to switch it to manual and shoot it out of focus. I think I am seeing the stratosphere. None of the mottling is pixel sized.<br><br>(The blue border sort of thing going on in the pasted blue I think is from the reduction of the jpeg. In the huge 9 mp picture there is no border.)<br>I have some very large cameras in the lab that can't do that.<br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:43 PM

Hey thanks for the tips. I really am not concerned with color as I like all that are offered, although blue would be first choice. If I get one I will post my macro flower pictures just for Gizmo. HeeHee<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: Alec_Fromm

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:46 PM

Wow! The TZ4 and TZ5 look real nice, for the price!<br><br>- a.k.a. Mississauga -
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:51 PM

Another science pic I like the 28 mm wide field and how the focus is decent on a hand held no flash.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 01:59 PM

that was exactly what i wanted when trying to decide. i couldn't find anything. here's some shots (i am skinny and short, fwiw) -- and these are taken from my iPhone:<br><br><br><br><br><br>something more standard to compare to:<br><br><br><br>if i set it on the CD i can see the CD on either side of the camera, fwiw.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 02:40 PM

Cool I think that will fit in my purse.<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 02:45 PM

easily. it's smaller in width and length than the iPhone (but it is a bit thicker). i can fit it in my pocket as i just did while walking the dog. not ideal for pockets, but it would easily fit in even a smaller purse.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: trey

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 05:13 PM

Dude, I thought I saw something in your pic... and when I got in a little closer, I saw somrthing amazing...<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 05:18 PM

Wow, I was looking for one pixel and totally missed that.<br><br>
Posted by: DLC

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 05:30 PM

Poly.. is that a flow cytometer ?<br><br>whatever it is, it looks damm expensive !<br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 05:40 PM

An FTMS mass spectrometer with linear trap. Cheap for the resolution, only $750,000.00<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 06:14 PM

I thought I would be cute and shoot it in a mirror.<br><br><br>Nice and solid feeling in the hand. The camera itself is metal, no plastic. The one thing I might call a fault is the very fragile seeming doors which close over the lens. It's a beautiful Leica lens behind it but I know I am going to put it in a pocket and trash the lens cover then ding the lens. I might find a cap to slip over the whole lens before storage.<br><br>Other than that I keep finding things I like about it. It has a ton of menu driven changes like bracketing and burst mode like other cameras but this one I might be able to use them because you an very quickly get to the choices. There is a quick way and a detailed way. The quick way it liits you to the changes you might do in each mode.<br><br>The worst I can say is it does not give you total manual control. But I can live with that. I can take a 15, 30 or 60 second shutter speed shot for stars. That's enough manual for me.<br><br>It shoots HD movie with sound. I thought that has always been cheesy and low quality on a camera but I tested it and comes out as a pretty nice quicktime with good sound.<br><br>
Posted by: Alec_Fromm

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 06:42 PM

"... does not give you total manual control."<br><br>That did it for me. I need manual control of exposures. Too bad.<br><br>- a.k.a. Mississauga -
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 07:14 PM

It doesn't give you select a shutter speed type manual mode but it gives you ASA 100 up to 1600. It also gives you min and max shutter speed settings. I've tried to think of what kind of manual shot I can't do and I can only think of ways to get it to shoot the right aperture to get a selection of depth of fields. Since I can push the shutter min max and the ASA pushed up or down I think I can get a shallow depth of field if I want it.<br><br>But it is a point and shoot, not a DSLR. For a point and shoot the auto setting where it decides everything is pretty slick. That's what a point and shoot should do.<br><br>One last thing that is amazing. The shaky camera mode. I leave it in mode to which electronically locks the camera on the picture. It does it by shooting and comparing the pixels to remove jitter. I've tried hand held maxing the zoom and the picture is dancing like crazy hand held, but you snap the picture and it locks on. This is the first camera I have had stabilizing and I like it.<br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/12/08 08:03 PM

yeah, the HD in this little thing is what pushed me over the edge towards this model. when we go to Europe i imagined making 1 - 2 minute YouTube videos for my kids to send to their classes back home (maybe daily).<br><br>but the HD is pretty good from the 2 times i've fiddled. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 12:36 PM

I tried some more HD stuff and went over to the fountain in front of PF Changs<br><br><br><br>And bracketed some shots<br><br>Then went to the Apple store and laid on the floor under the spiral staircase.<br><br><br><br>These are so much better huge as the clarity just knocks your socks off.<br><br>Weird stuff happens when you brakcet. This is the left had side of that fountain shot with people walking through as I bracket.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 12:55 PM

wait, is the first shot cropped or did you stitch together a bunch of shots?<br><br>and the bottom shot with bracketing . . . i hadn't thought of trying it on moving subjects, but that's kind of cool.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 01:45 PM

The first shot is just cropped. The moving people were just off to the left. I did a bunch of brackets inside the store with moving people and they are pretty neat. Moving water, wind in trees makes those things diffuse.<br><br>
Posted by: soulotomy

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 02:06 PM

Yeah, same here. I'm sold. Now to find the best deal.<br><br>Ed<br><br>[color:purple]Information isn't a connection - It doesn't stir people</font color=purple><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 03:17 PM

wow, I am impressed by that camera!<br><br><br><br><br>my photos
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 09:59 PM

not a pretty flower, but it helps illustrate how much rain we're being soaked with lately.<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/toadstool.jpg" width="640" height="410" alt="shroom" /><br><br>how do you shoot macro? i know to press the macro flower button, but are you supposed to press that and then zoom in all the way or part way or no zoom at all? i like the results i am getting, but i just want to make sure i am being as effective as i can be.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: drjohn

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 10:14 PM

I think using the macro mode will allow the camera lens to focus at its closest distance to subject.. <br>From dpreview:<br> Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity<br> Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : Wide 5cm / Max 200cm / Tele 100cm - infinity<br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 10:15 PM

Macro can be done two ways.<br><br>Easy way:<br>Shoot in "Inteligent Auto" (first on the dial IA) and get as close as you want. The camera automatically goes macro and you can shoot as close as 5 cm focal length.<br><br>Hard Way:<br>Shoot in "Auto" mode (second on the top dial). Then select the macro button. This locks the camera in macro mode and you have up to 5 cm out to a few feet.<br><br>I can't see why the easy way is not the best way. Same macro but you can then turn and shoot something far away without having to get out of macro.<br><br>I shot some tiny red ants. Could barely see them. Held the camera a little more than 5 cm away in the IA mode and I can see these ants clear as day abdomen, thorax.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/13/08 10:24 PM

Ah, forgot about the zoom. I would say how you want to compose it. No zoom and you are shooting 28mm equivalent which is pretty wide angle. So you can be 5 cm out but you can bring in a lot of the surrounding. But if you zoom you flatten out the picture and narrow what is getting seen. You also can get a little further away.<br><br>At no zoom the 28mm fisheyes the view a tad. One can get rid of all of the fish eye bending of the shot by zooming just a tad. Any more zoom and hand shake will really start coming into play. But fisheye can really make the composition focus on what is in the middle, like your mushroom.<br><br>Now with a tripod not sure what the closest focal length is when zoomed all the way out. That would really push the resolving power. Not the best way to make a clear pic.<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 06:30 AM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : Wide 5cm / Max 200cm / Tele 100cm - infinity<p><hr></blockquote><p>Thanks for that info DrJohn, I need to go back and read the whole DPreview over again now that I have used the camera.<br><br>So when it is in macro 5 to 200 cm but when pulled out to telephoto the minimum pulls back to 100 cm. Since I ski 200 cm skis I can remember that.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: Alec_Fromm

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 07:10 AM

You may be correct, poly. The TMZ4 or 5 may just be enough for my needs. I'm beginning to think my most important criteria is size and weight. The TMZ line packs about as much punch as one could expect in a small form factor at a reasonable price.<br><br>- a.k.a. Mississauga -
Posted by: John_Lasruk

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 07:55 AM

The Photoshop "Lens Correction..." filter should be able to manage those slight barrel distortions without any problem. Assuming you have Photoshop, that is.<br><br>[color:blue]Laz, OFI[/i]<br></font color=blue>[color:green]<br>Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.<br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 08:06 AM

thanks guys. <br><br>and poly, reading dpreview again after using it is a great idea. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 08:35 AM

Dell home has the blue for $254: <a href="http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A1622413&cs=19&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=30322&lid=680413">link here</a><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 09:11 AM

Thanks Sean. I'm ordering now.<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 10:13 AM

Thanks for reminding me of the PS lens correction. That really comes in handy if you are stitching a panorama shot and the individual shots were down down at wide angle 28 mm. A pretreatment of lens correct to debarrel them helps the stitcher.<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 01:03 PM

This shaved head at CameraLab does a decent walk through and pointed out some things I didn't know I had:<br><br><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1g4icsP8kRE&hl=en"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1g4icsP8kRE&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br><br>I did not realize that by going to 16:9 HD format I was really getting a wider shot, not just cutting off top and bottom.<br><br>Review at Cameralab dot com<br><br>Review at DPReview dot com<br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 04:45 PM

oh thanks. that's fantastic.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 07:29 PM

Yay Sean here are the damages. Thanks again.<br><br>-- Lumix DMC-TZ5A Blue 9.1 MP 10X Zoom Digital Camera<br> Unit Price: $299.99<br> Quantity: 1<br> Total Price: $299.99<br><br>-- Dell Home Customers: Save 15% off Select Items!<br>- $45.00<br><br>Subtotal: $254.99<br>IVA: $19.63<br>Shipping and Handling: $4.99<br><br>Import Fee: --<br><br>Shipping Discount: -$4.99<br><br>Total: $274.62<br><br><br><br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 07:36 PM

we'll look forward to seeing some of your results in this thread in the future. congrats! <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/14/08 09:15 PM

drove down to South Haven, MI today and found this neat mural in an alley:<br><br>[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3179/2578905345_e966537b51.jpg?v=0[/img]<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 10:55 AM

Father's Day POD on TZ5<br><br>Salsa verde in one of my pots:<br><br><br>I'm pretty sure I am not killing myself putting acidic touching a blue chun glaze. ... Yup, I could cook lasagna in it. (This one is a little small for that.)<br><br><br><br>Type of salsa on a rainy table:<br><br><br>Not bad for $2.89. Enough tomatillos but too much corn starch. Peppy but I have to add some colon blow for more heat.<br><br><br><br>My watch. I hate digital:<br><br><br>Even picks up my superglue repair of the leather. I caught it on the soccer goal net and ripped the watch off my wrist. (They did not score.)<br><br><br><br>The lime tree us really putting out this year. Already had several gin and tonics:<br><br><br>This shows the lack of manual. Even if I locked it on ASA 100 that evergreen in back would still be in focus. It's twenty feet back and the camera insists on not blurring it.<br><br><br>The wife is getting crabby about not being put away. "I'm early, not late, says I."<br><br><br>Over Santa's shoulder is the White Pine that was split from stem to stern by a bolt of lightning. Not much left.<br><br>Still having fun with my father's day present.<br><br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 11:15 AM

Having fun with the present as are we. Thanks for all the pictures guys. I'm hoping I can post my own soon.<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: carp

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 11:56 AM

Thanks Poly - The video was a great tutorial and I am in the market for a new camera and the Lumix will get a serious look.<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 12:20 PM

As the Red Sox are beating the Reds 8-0 I am permitting a little OCD on the side:<br><br>The Lumix TZ5 has one flaw. It will fit in a jeans pocket if you use a thin canvas slip cover for it but the built in lens cap would certainly get trashed. It is a set of four flimsy louvers that automatically cover the lens. Nice to have the lens covered at all times when the camera shuts off but it needs more protection on a boat, in the woods, in my pocket.<br><br>DPReview forums to the rescue.<br>A Kaiser 53mm lens cap will slip comfortably over the lens. Only $9.95 at Overland Photo. A poster in the forum said they shipped quickly. Now all I need is a lens cap keeper so it just dangles when I remove it.<br><br>Shoot, Pedroia makes it four homeruns for today, 9-0. Sox like this park. And I am not calling JD Drew Nancy Drew again. The guy is torching June.<br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 01:05 PM

i didn't notice the flimsy lens cover until it was pointed out. i carry mine in my pocket for now, but i have a small lowepro 30 bag coming monday. it has a belt clip. but it's nice to know about the separate lens cap . . . just in case.<br><br><br><br>apparently it perfect for the TZ5 with internal dimensions just barely larger than the camera.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: carp

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 01:09 PM

I have that same bag for my Canon SD 450, I bought from Chomp way back - Its perfect and has a front pocket for the extra battery and SD cards, belt clip is real handy<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 01:45 PM

OCD still red lining. As Alex pointed out, no manual controls. So I was thinking of how to get my favorite manual shot out of this camera. My favorite shot is a portrait or an item in foreground and I want everything in background a uniform blur. Now uniform is tough because to be that out of focus the focal plane, the amount of depth through the point of interest can be so small the nose is in focus and the face is not.<br><br>But a somewhat blur is fine. To manual force is easy, just flip to apeture priority, open the lens up to max and shoot. To emulate this in the TZ5 I thought to:<br><br>1) Go to telephoto max<br>2) switch focus to spot (to hit the subject plane I want)<br>3) go to macro (to get even closer so the background is way out of focus.<br><br><br>This is the pic I took before switching to spot focus. The camera grabbed a chunk of the pic and did a crappy average.<br><br><br><br>Much better. Overcast handheldwith max zoom the focus still isn't right but I can see with more light it would work.<br><br><br>Better.<br><br><br><br>Santa focuses well, good blur in background<br><br><br><br>Hold still!<br><br><br><br>No more treats for you I mean it.<br><br><br>Anyone want a peanut?<br><br><br>Over here!!<br><br><br>I forgot to try the macro with max zoom to get closer and blur background more but I am pushing it without flash. If I added that I would have to shoot the series over again since I'm off my OCD meds. <br><br>Summary: The TZ5 has a 10X zoom over the TZ3 5X. A huge zoom didn't really thrill me but I figured more is better if it is a real optical zoom. (It also has digital zoom on top of that which I likely won't touch.)<br><br>But after shooting these shots I can see the 10X being great to have so I can blur background. And using the 10X to bring far away subjects up close and personal I might shoot a little more often because the stabilzer is nothing short of amazing. Panasonic uses a lens shift keeping pixels of contrast from moving. I could shoot dead steady after a night of martinis with this thing!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 01:49 PM

Speaking of extra battery, anyone found the cheapest for the TZ5? And since I am asking about accessories, I got a 4GB SD for 25 bucks. What is the largest practical (expense wise) SD card and do you have to look at the speed of these cards when comparing? I'm clueless about SD.<br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 02:00 PM

$31 for this 8 GB and it's as fast as an SDHC card can be (Class 6 read/write speed). it's what i bought. i am still looking for a backup battery. but the 8 GB card: link here.<br><br>and this screen protector: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-TZ5-ClearTouch-Crystal-Protectors/dp/B001ACI8N8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213563763&sr=8-1">link here</a><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by FSM on 06/15/08 05:03 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 02:09 PM

It's now 26 bucks for 8GB!!! I thought I got an awesome deal with 4GB at 25 bucks. Thanks for the links. I guess I do need a screen protector while it is virginal.<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 02:51 PM

I hated those out of focus limes so went back and added some flash. No retouching just shot and dropped down to 1,100 pixels wide in batch<br><br><br><br>much batter, max optical zoom<br><br><br><br>that one is going into a gin and tonic in July<br><br><br><br>this one next week<br><br><br><br>this dog is so dumb she needs soft focus to appear smarter. Cute though.<br><br><br><br>bell<br><br><br><br>lime flower for September G&T<br><br><br><br>An August G&T with a late June G&T in the background.<br><br>Summary: the flash, likely even when there is plenty of light, really pushes open the aperture and thus blurs and darkens the background. Nice. The spot focus really works well. The averaging focus was bumming me out. I can put the spot on the fruit then move to frame the shot with the button halfway and fire. Works pretty well. I may keep the spot focus on for most all shots so I know precisely where the focus plane is.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 03:43 PM

This battery is listed under the TZ25:<br>CGAS007A/1B Lithium-Ion Battery for $39. It is the same battery for the TZ-23 apparently.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>my photos
Posted by: carp

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 04:57 PM

Hey were did you get those plastic dog yard decorations they look so real - <br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 05:09 PM

I got them at the fireplace andiron shop. <br><br>This set was called "Dumb Dog - Smart Dog"<br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/15/08 07:32 PM

from our bike ride today . . . cheese!!!!<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/turtle_1.jpg" width="700" height="499" alt="cheese" /><br><br>a non zoomed, but cropped shot of a buddy (there were 4 of them):<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/turtle_2.jpg" width="650" height="487" alt="turtle_2" /><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: ChrisN

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/16/08 08:17 AM

Cool, informative thread. The TZ5 looks like it could be a worthy replacement for my beyond aged CoolPix 990. The lack of manual setting might be an issue, but the aperture priority could work out ok. The lack of funds is my main obstacle now even though the Lumix is priced nice. Thanks for the inspiration.<br><br>Chris<br><br><a href="http://www.light-imagery.com/index.html"target="_blank"></a><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/16/08 09:50 AM

I didn't make that very clear. The TZ5 does not have aperture priority. That would be the one manual control I would like to add. But there seems to be a bunch of creative ways to jimmy the exposure without too much trouble.<br><br>The metering mode can be changed to spot metering. One can half button lock on a dark object and your pic will be over exposed. With a 1 f-stop bracketing over and under that will give you a decent spread. (If you do that locking of a dark object you also drag the focus with you especially if you are on spot focus so one has to watch out.) You could also do the opposite to force a short exposure, shoot something bright then frame.<br><br>Then there are menu items called "minimum shutter speed" and "ISO sensitivity" which I don't know how to activate yet so there might be other ways to jimmy the exposure. The depth of field looks to be the most jimmyable by using the zoom of course but there are other ways to skin that cat.<br><br>Camera lore always said a camera without manual controls is for wusses. I think that could be backwards. Wusses use manual while real he-men make their point and shoot dance the watusi. <br><br>For the complete bonehead there are these "scenes" settings from "party" , "starry night" "night scene" to "portrait". (There are a ton of them.) But these all have a group of settings which could be forced to do your bidding.<br><br>Fun Fact: this camera is so smart it knows what a face is. When it finds a face in the view it draws a green box around it. It can draw 15 face boxes! Not quite sure what it is really doing but it's weird to watch it figure out what a face is. Dog faces do not count. I'll try Bonobo Ape and salt marsh harbor mouse tomorrow and see how smart it really is. If it can't do Bonobo it probably cannot do George Bush. <br><br>The last time I really was into photography ASA was the setting not ISO so I am marveling at this technology. (We shoot a lot in the lab but it is straight cookbook by protocol only.)<br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/19/08 10:10 PM

WOWZA!!! <br><br>(Just for Gizmo)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 05:28 AM

hooray for Iraq!!<br><br><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 05:42 AM

Yes! Hurray for iRaq. I can tell that second shot you used zoom so the artemisia stelleriana is blurred while that petunia is clear as a bell. I have the same pot hanging on my porch minus the geraniums with some wrens nesting in it. I might get a picture of the baby wrens in a week or so.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 06:36 AM

I also posted a couple of Lumic TZ5 pics in my Boston celtics thread.<br><br>The zoom and stabilization is nothing short of amazing. The shot below is zoomed 10X. Garnett is 30 yards away and the Apple store is another 30 yards beyond him. Hand held using the "Intelligent Auto" I let the camera decide everything else. The zoom really stacks it all up nicely while keeping KG in focus. I believe the IA even drew a green box around his head meaning the camera knew that it was a human head.<br><br>I also shot this in "infinite burst" mode so I practically have a movie of KG waving with about twenty sequential photos. Not bad for a little point and shoot.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 09:41 AM

Thanks so much for tips. I just love this camera. A few more.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Oliver is always curious<br><br><br>Pepper Ann is just my little sweet girl.<br><br><br>This is great it's so nice outside. Rick and I are headed into the mountains of SW Washington for a bluegrass festival put on by a promoter from Portland. Some great acts as well as photo opportunities. Then I have a car event tomorrow so more there.<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 10:18 AM

In the mountains and at the concert try out some of the weird settings like "starry night" and night shots. I'm dying to try them but every time I can do it it is cloudy. I just had someone in my office and he noticed the camera. For the next half hour all he could talk about was how cool the camera was for night shots, (he had the TZ3).<br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 10:45 AM

LOL this is a daytime event and we will be home before dark but I am dying to try those out. I tried some of the hot tub last night but need to familiarize myself with the settings more. I posted these on myspace in my album section and I got this comment from my niece on the light purple pansies:<br><br>I am absolutely amazed at what great pics that camera takes! I can't figure out how to take a close-up like that. Maybe you can show me at the picninc? I have a Nikon D40 X.<br><br>How do I explain this?<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 11:16 AM

Hmmm, maybe "sell that big honking expensive camera and buy this little thing." (I know, I wouldn't say that to my niece either.)<br><br>Cute dogs. The camera really does cute dogs well.<br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 11:41 AM

Thanks we like them. They keep Rick sane since he is disabled. Here is a real character shot. That is Oliver.<br><br><br><br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/20/08 11:47 AM

Oliver looks familiar. <br><br>My dog pulled some stuffing out of my couch ... <br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/22/08 07:36 AM

The wren living on my porch is always annoyed when we leave the house. So this time I didn't and shot these through a window with high digital zoom.<br><br><br><br>Luckily my daughter never puts her bike away. The exposure needs some work so a quick bracketed shot before she flies away.<br><br><br><br>The mandatory flower pot shot closeup<br><br><br>And before my neighbors catch me outside in my boxers, my kayaks getting ready for the river:<br><br><br>The dirt seeded patch in the foreground is where the stump grinder removed one of four stumps yesterday. I actually thought I was going to do that myself. Thankfully sanity prevailed and I wrote the check.<br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/22/08 08:47 AM

I finally decided to RTFM and found two solutions to things that bugged me on the TZ5.<br><br>1) Plug camera into computer and a menu shows up on back asking if you want to download to a PC or show the pics on a TV. I never want to show on a TV. I want it to immediately get to iPhoto.<br>A simple setting change changes this default to want I wanted.<br><br>2) The 460,000 pixels on the back with a 3 inch LCD and I find myself looking and zooming in a lot right on camera to diagnose a shot. Something I never did on any other point and shoot since the view was crappy.<br>But if you shoot 90 degrees the picture is flipped 90 before viewing wasting a lot of the nice LCD screen. I don't want it flipped when viewing in camera.<br>A simple setting change changes this default to want I wanted.<br><br>This software is not 1.0 and it shows.<br><br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/22/08 10:46 AM

Here is a flower pot from normal standing position.<br><br><br>I saw something moving so I zoomed in from the same position.<br><br><br>The zoom on this just amazes me.<br><br>Mine never did ask me how to download, it just mounted as a volume which is what I had the CoolPix set for. Sounds like I need to look more at the settings now. But then again there's a hot tub calling my name.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/22/08 08:39 PM

movie with the TZ:<br><br><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tHFGPClOfdQ&hl=en"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tHFGPClOfdQ&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br><br>it was a very windy day and the mic on the TZ5 picks up wind very easily. the sound was quite crappy. i put it into iMovie and turned the sound down. iMovie has some golf swing special effect sounds . . . i inserted them in the appropriate places and it *almost* sounds legit. the few family who have watched it haven't noticed that it's fake audio. heh.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/23/08 05:38 AM

It's obvious once you told us that the sound of Tiger Woods swinging good wood at Augusta is added but if you hadn't we would just think your kids were golf prodigies.<br><br>Very funny.<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/23/08 05:45 AM

Hot tub, golf, and all I did was wash my car for the first time this year. Actually I didn't, just pressure sprayed it. But I did clean the tires. About 60,000 miles on the tires and they still look brand new.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Firmware 1.2 out - 06/24/08 06:51 PM

<a href="http://www.pasctraining.panasonic.com/firmware/">download and follow directions</a><br><br>i did it. it makes focusing better during movie mode and i believe it now zooms faster overall. probably more but i didn't see any release notes.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/24/08 07:37 PM

Thanks, I need to pick up an 8GB SD card tomorrow which was on my short list anyway. (4GB is not big enough for the upgrade.)<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 09:26 AM

I followed all the directions and nothing happened. The directions say if nothing happens then your camera already has firmware 1.2 onboard. <br><br>I wish I could know for certain. I could download photome onto a PC. I think all I have to do is have the photome look at a picture I have taken with the lumix and it will dig out the firmware verion from the get info. Or I could do this weird hold four buttons down to get into service mode but that sounds like it is too easy to brick the camera.<br><br>So now I have an 8GM 15mb/s Ultra SD card. Time to take a few movies. Meeting siblings in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a few minutes. There are some moving sculptures there.<br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 10:09 AM

you can check your firmware version by putting the camera in playback mode (you need to have a photo taken already). you then press the e-zoom (i don't have my camera, but it's the button next to the button you press to take a photo) and then while pressing that you should press the down button (as if moving the cursor down). <br><br>does that make sense? it's off of the top of my head and i've only done it once when i was checking the other day during my install. but 1.2 just came out so i doubt you have it.<br><br>were you plugged in or using the battery? the battery needs to be fully charged to work. and you need to be in playback mode.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 01:27 PM

Never could get the button pushing to tell me what firmware I had so I just mailed myself a picture and checked on a PC with PhotoMe. Yup, you're right, 1.1.3. <br><br>After much finagling, most of which was trying to figure out how to format the card in camera and that did it. The thing updated and I then checked by Photome another picture.<br><br>This is a 1.1.3 photo of the new BleacherBar underneath the seats out in right field of Fenway Park:<br><br><br><br>And this is a photo of some 3D artwork at the Museum of Fine Arts<br><br><br>If you look very carefully oyu can see a refelction of the camera lens. I think they did this by a one way mirror in front inside a mirrored box. There were views from all sides so it was all a bit infinity.<br><br><br><br><br>Tried out a movie and the focusing worked perfectly. Everything seems a bit snappier.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 01:46 PM

here's the directions i was trying to explain:<br><br><br><br>there is also a hack that i used to get the firmware version no a Mac. i did it using the terminal, so it's not for the weak of heart. but it works. i found it on dpreview, fwiw.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 01:58 PM

Those directions did not work for me. I just tried it and scooby doo it works now that I am 1.2 or else I flunked direction following. It could have been that all the other times I was trying it the card had not been formatted in camera but was still the store bought format.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 02:21 PM

Finally got around to call Overland Photo 913-648-5950 and ordered two items from Patty in Overland, Kansas.<br><br>1) cat# 206953 Kaiser Push-On Lenscap 53mm $9.95<br>2) cat# CK-1 Sima Cap Keeper $1.35<br>regular mail padded envelope shipping $1.85<br><br>The 53mm cap will fit over the Lumix lens system and the cap keeper will tie it to the camera. Patty said they were selling a lot of those caps for the Lumix but both were still in stock.<br><br>I think I have everything now with an extra battery, 8GB ultra II SD card and 12 stick on protectors for the LCD screen. <br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/25/08 04:15 PM

i'll bet that's overland park kansas -- a suburb of Kansas City. i'll be there in 3 weeks so maybe i'll swing by to save $2 in shipping. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Firmware 1.2 out - 06/28/08 10:54 AM

Long legged yellow dog in low light no flash:<br><br><br><br>It's a yellow room but the walls are the same color. One of the walls freaks out in the low light. (I also pushed the highlights a tad in iPhoto which could have done that.) But the room was pretty dark. The ISO might have gone up to 800.<br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/29/08 10:15 AM

star wars night at the local minor league game last night (they sold way over 1,000 of these light sabers):<br><br><img src="http://atticmooses.com/images/lightsabers.jpg" width="450" height="337" alt="star wars" /><br><br>so i had a chance to test out the fireworks setting (not bad, but i was behind home plate so there was a net between us and the fireworks):<br><br><img src="http://atticmooses.com/images/firework.jpg" width="450" height="299" alt="boom" /><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/29/08 11:00 PM

Road trip today dropping off the daughter at camp up in New Hampshire then we were house hunting stop off on the way back. I snapped photo about a mile from a house we are looking at. Should be able to guess the town.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/30/08 07:00 PM

About 25 years ago visited Halibut Point when my brother lived up there and rented a couple of summers. Thought it was one of the most beautiful places on earth. Looking a t avery peculiar house in between the quarry at Halibut and Rockport.<br><br>That water is 300 feet deep at least and cleaner than anything you get out of a bottle.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 06/30/08 07:46 PM

that is pretty country. i'd love to have a place that has a little bit of character and isn't in a typical neighborhood. while i love being close to the city and getting downtown in 15 minutes, i also would love to have a place to escape to and enjoy some quiet and privacy where i could sleep in and just enjoy my family. that's my ideal escape home. maybe after Europe we'll save for that instead of more upgrades on our house. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: Alec_Fromm

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 07/01/08 07:08 AM

"I snapped photo about a mile from a house we are looking at. Should be able to guess the town."<br><br>You're moving to Dildo, Newfoundland? <br><br>- a.k.a. Mississauga -
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 07/15/08 05:32 PM

The deed is done. Purchase and sale signed today. I'm poor but happy. I just dug my wetsuit out of storage as well as some ancient windsurfers. The one I will be using I bought in 1980. If you were to look up the history, windsurfing was invented the year before. At least I do not have wooden booms.<br><br>I know I would not be following the Lumix thread if I posted a photo of me windsurfing naked in Woods Hole Harbor. I would have to scan it in. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 07/15/08 06:41 PM

This is about 75 yards from my new front door. Fortunately there are a couple of houses to protect me from the noreaster which can blow into this cove. Straight out is north east and north west where the storms really wind up around here. The building inspector sounded like he was checking out a boat. <br><br><br><br>
Posted by: drjohn

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 07/15/08 07:21 PM

What's the shoreline made up of?<br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 07/15/08 08:04 PM

Cape Ann and Rockport is granite, granite, and more granite. The Statue of Liberty pedestal was carved out of rock from around the corner. Lower end of Broadway in New York was cobbled by stones from a quarry, now a deep swimming hole a mile away. I look at my crawl space beneath the house and it is "sill upon ledge". Which translates into the sill of the house is sitting on granite blocks cut from the ledge that is also part of the basement and part of the foundation.<br><br>There is a sandy beach a half mile away but fishing for blues and stripers off these rocks is way more fun than swimming at a beach.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: Mississauga

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 07/16/08 08:05 AM

Congratulations, my friend! Looks like an awesome spot!!!<br><br>- alec -
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 09/29/08 08:24 AM

I think the stern man is in the bow and the Captain is giving directions. No money goes into the skiff or the oarlocks but the boat they are paddling to is all set to pull pots.<br><br><br><br>I just finished reading "The Secret Life of The Lobster" and am now fascinated about these large bugs that are so tasty. I'll grill some this weekend and take a photo.<br><br>ps. Boat ramp behind them. Notice how low the tide is? The high low difference on average here in the Western end of the Gulf of Maine is eleven feet. Down Maine it is even bigger.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: FSM

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 11/03/08 06:20 AM

from Cinque Terre (Italy) using the 15 second exposure setting and a gorilla tripod:<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayhawk/2854292882/" title="our apartment view at night by atticmooses, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/2854292882_a4681e7635_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="our apartment view at night" /></a><br><br>that's from our apartment towards the sea. this is from the same apartment in the other direction during the day:<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayhawk/2853486455/" title="From our balcony by atticmooses, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3221/2853486455_11c204560b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="From our balcony" /></a><br><br>and this is in a holy basilica in Milan . . . something just didn't seem right about this scene. also, this is a slower exposure, non-flashed -- you can see the poor quality of the guy who moved a bit in the background. no tripod used here:<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayhawk/2863145049/" title="Something Old; something new by atticmooses, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3022/2863145049_9660d2ca54_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Something Old; something new" /></a><br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 11/03/08 06:59 AM

"our apartment view at night" did not load. "Question Mark."<br><br>Nice pics. The votive candles reminds me of what I picked up at the Rockport dump swap area. I have picked up three old chairs and a table already but I cleaned up with boxes of votive candles. 96 total. They come with the glass and a half burned candle. Had to have come from the Catholic Church. As I was walking out with them an old lady said, "oh you are going to very blessed tonight." I replied, "You aren't kidding, this is for a satanic incantation."<br><br>"Oh the lightening is going to strike you!" (But she was laughing when she said it.)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 12/22/08 03:51 PM

Neverending means neverending.

They were shooting a movie last week a few doors down from me. "Hatteras Hotel". A murder mystery. I think I will wait for the DVD. We were driving in and it looked like the whole street was ablaze in lights. I think they were doing a day shot inside the house at night.



Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 01/27/09 06:21 PM

In April it will be the neverending Panasonic Lumix TZ7 thread. Wider angle, longer zoom, stereo microphone and wind cut off makes the HD movie a smoother possibility.

TZ7 at DPreview.

Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 10/27/09 11:18 AM

Originally Posted By: drjohn
What's the shoreline made up of?


Granite. All of Cape Ann is a knob of granite and there are just a few sandy beaches. That photo is the granite ledge sliding into the water. Great scuba diving just 50 yards out as it is 60 feet deep. The water stays crystal clear because there is no sand in the surf. Closest sediment is the mouth of the Essex river which is about 25 miles away.

There were two granite companies in town which supplied the Washington Monument, Broadway Avenue cobbles and a lot more in between.
Posted by: iRock

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 10/27/09 06:18 PM

Thanks poly, gives me something to look forward to.

Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 10/27/09 06:28 PM

That's a really good shoe.
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 10/27/09 06:35 PM

The Hatteras Hotel was renamed The Last Harbor.
Posted by: MrB

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 10/29/09 02:25 AM

So will you accept Lumix ZR1 responses?

dave
Posted by: polymerase

Re: The neverending Lumix TZ5 thread - 10/29/09 03:13 AM

If it's Lumix it can stay.


Posted by: NucleusG4

Lumix Contest... - 10/29/09 08:09 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0910/09102803panacompetition.asp
Posted by: iRock

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/21/09 01:53 PM

I even like the video on this little camera. It worked pretty good on a gloomy day in the woods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZThNYIa2M00
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/21/09 06:32 PM

So you have the Panasonic?

Amy wants a camera for Christmas and I'm leaning towards the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, which is the TZ27.
Posted by: iRock

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/21/09 07:09 PM

Yes we have two my mom & my SIL on Rick's side have one. A coworker also bought one because she liked mine. Very nice point and shoot cameras.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/21/09 07:14 PM

Cool. What format is the video?
Posted by: iRock

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/22/09 08:32 AM

Mine are .mov files and you can set for 4:3 or 16:1.
Posted by: iBookmaster

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/24/09 06:47 PM

I'm going to get a new camera. My Canon died. Been thinking about these Panasonics because of the great reviews you all have given it. Does this TZ5 charge on a dock or do you have to take the battery out to recharge it?
Posted by: iRock

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/24/09 07:14 PM

You take the battery out and plug it into a small unit on the wall. It has the longest lasting battery I have ever seen. I literally pack it in my purse for weeks without charging. And I use it a lot.
Posted by: iBookmaster

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/24/09 07:28 PM

Thanks iRock! Has anybody here bought a different Lumix model and like it better than the TZ5?
Posted by: iRock

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/24/09 09:01 PM

I think there is a newer model than this. Here is an iPhone picture of the battery charger. No cord, it is very light and plugs directly into the wall.

Posted by: iBookmaster

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/24/09 09:09 PM

Thanks iRock. Yes, I've been looking on Amazon tonight. There is a ZS3 that seems to have replaced the TZ5 and it's looking good. I'll probably buy it on Black Friday when specials pop up! That's going to be my Xmas present this year. I live about 5 miles from Skyline Drive in Virginia. I should be able to get some good shots after a cold front clears the air in the future.
Posted by: iRock

Re: Lumix Contest... - 11/24/09 09:23 PM

Enjoy whatever kind you get. There so many great cameras nowadays.