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At maximum zoom, definitely. If you watch the video, even with the tripod, you can see a lot of shaking because the tripod isn't sturdy enough.
originally posted by: PhoenixOD
would be useless without a tripod.
originally posted by: Arbitrageur
Have you seen how big that lens is?
originally posted by: Kapusta
Have any of you seen the Zoom capability if this cam ?
Not only do you have to lug that huge lens around, but you can't take that kind of telephoto shots hand-held so you've also got to lug around a tripod. Professional photographers do this all the time so it can be done, but it's a little cumbersome for most amateurs to carry around something that big.
I like it though. I hate all the miniaturization of cameras with crappy lenses that take 4 megapixel photos, but the lens is so tiny and bad they look more out of focus than a 1 megapixel pic taken by a camera with a good lens.
It's like a 40 power telescope (the 83x magnification must be from a wide angle view). One thing to watch out for though is sometimes extreme zoom telephoto lenses have a lot of distortion, especially at the edges of the picture, but with better computer aided design of lenses maybe this can be minimized, as I didn't notice a lot of distortion in the video.
I hope some UFO photographers get these and put them on tripods so we can see more than a fuzzy dot for a "UFO" picture or video.
originally posted by: PhoenixOD
a reply to: Arbitrageur
Im a professional photographer. The lens is a gimmick, its completely unpractical to almost everyone who would be buying the low-mid end of the cannon product price range. Theres going to be 1000's who will want the camera because of the zoom but will probably almost never use it.
At that zoom level you cant move the camera in any direction, you would need a tripod with controls like a microscope for that. It would have to be super sturdy as well and something like that will weigh a lot unless you get a top of the range carbon fiber model..to use a bottom of the range camera.
Taking a picture at full zoom during a warm day will produce a warped picture because of accumulated heat shimmer.
The picture will be milky without definition so will never produce a good photograph, just something that your going to have to explain each time.."it looks like that because its was at full zoom".
The pictures will be soft at wide angle and at full zoom. you wont get a crisp picture at either end of the scale. As with most zoom lenses the best focal range will be in the middle of the range.
You can only use the zoom by motor power and that takes 4 seconds! So don't think your going to be using it to take pics of anything moving, especially as it apparently suffers from a huge amount shutter lag (3/4th of a second).
There's no lens hood so you are going to get sun flairs and refractions when shooting into the sun. Also because the aperture has only 6 sides the lens flair you will get will be very unattractive (kind of blurred fuzzy hexagon) and cheapen the look of any picture shooting into bright light spots. You wont want to use this lens for sunset or sunrise shots. Also went shooting pictures with back lit bright light any bokeh will look just awful.
There is no RAW mode so all pictures will be jpgs which is great for the facebook generation but no good for producing editable photographs at you will want to send to print.
Because of the small sensor size (1:2:3) the camera will preform badly in low light at the wide and long ends of its range. So you are limited to using it in very bright daylight and if at full zoom not a very warm day.
Because of the 1:2:3 sensor size coupled at 16mp you wont be using it for prints larger than 8"x10" because they will lose definition and look fuzzy. Really not great for wildlife photography at close to full zoom.
It can shoot at 7fps at full picture size but then takes almost 5 seconds for the buffer to clear before you can shoot again! lol. The buffer increases to 60 shots for the 60fps and 120fps burst rates, but image size is reduced to achieve this, 1920×1080 for 60fps and 640×480 (eek nasty!) for 120fps.
Overall it will appeal to a bunch of people who wish they were James Bond.