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I walked in with my narrowed down three choices, Canon 300D, Nikon D70 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20. A customer right behind me looked over the top of his specs at me holding this one & said " Your mad if you don't !! " then produced his own from inside the camera bag hanging over the sleeve of his workmens shirt. " Look at these. Took them today on the site where I was you wont get better than that !! " The camera shop salesman had already told me that he had a friend who adores hers so what was I to do...Well, I told them both they need to join pbase & both copied the url's down, then I accepted the offer of a good discount on the camera,a new SD,UV filter & camera case & walked out thinking, I am never going to take as photos as good as Lee Kindness, whos perfect pics & big 12x optical I have always admired, but this is all about having fun isn't it..??

Nikon Coolpix 4300
1/55s f/4.5 at 19.5mm iso100 full exif

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Carmen02-Mar-2005 16:13
Oooh. Have to tell you, this camera (or possibly its predecessor) was on my short list when it came down to making my decision on a digital camera. That zoom made me drool. I wish there was a way to be able to pick and choose from all the functions from different brands and create your own "Super Camera". Still, I think you did good. Happy shooting!
Dougie Robertson28-Feb-2005 21:53
Quite upset now. I've been waiting for mine arriving since early January.
There is a part shipment from Panasonic arriving tomorrow but apparantly mine will be in the next shipment.
Valeska27-Feb-2005 20:57
Congratulations with your new camera. I never hear about him and I am very curious about it
Bill Miller27-Feb-2005 16:03
Lucky you ! Look forward to the results over the coming months...
Robin Reid27-Feb-2005 08:30
First I've heard about it. Congrats. I look forward to seeing your photos!
Gary Winters27-Feb-2005 06:26
I've had an eye on this camera as well; it's supposed to be quite wonderful. You're going to have a blast with it!
Guest 26-Feb-2005 13:07
aha, a new toy! Enjoy!!
bandito26-Feb-2005 12:59
New hardware is so fun and cool! Looking forward to some new, outstanding shots. And these cams can be so appealing, what with never having to worry about lenses and sensor dust!
whiskey0126-Feb-2005 08:22
Congrats on the new camera! Its always fun to get new gear!
Karen Leaf26-Feb-2005 03:39
Oh Laine, I am SO excited for you! We're all gonna be following every step-and you'll do so well with it. Nothing quite like that new gear feeling -- except seeing the gorgeous reults, of course!
JMPhotography26-Feb-2005 00:52
I've been considering that camera too. But I haven't found anyone local with a good deal for the Lumix. I read the reviews at DPreview they appear to be good.I hope you have a good experiance with it Laine. Nice shot too
Ian Clowes25-Feb-2005 22:27
Congrats - similar decsion for me buying the 8800, 10x zoom. No stress over new lenses!!!! Enjoy.
Tom Darby25-Feb-2005 21:20
OOOOHHH! A shiny new toy :) Gotta love that new camera feeling Laine.
littleheifer25-Feb-2005 20:03
Oh how nice! I look forward to see this in action. Enjoy. Great shot I love the tones.
Autumn Sky25-Feb-2005 19:06
Congrats Laine... I'm looking forward to seeing what this machine can do.
Lee Rudd25-Feb-2005 18:58
Lovely photo... I can smell the new camera smell! Now what can it do?!
Paul Dovie Jr25-Feb-2005 16:01
I like the way you used the lighting in this, looks like a photo from a magazine.
petesie25-Feb-2005 15:51
Oh my goodness, Laine, you went and did it! I am so happy for you. My son is doing his best to get me to buy a D70.......maybe someday. Happy shooting!
Coleen Perilloux Landry25-Feb-2005 15:24
Wow, that looks impressive. Nice picture of it, too.
Herb Knufken25-Feb-2005 14:20
Nice toy,now that you and Yvonne have new cameras it will be even more fun to check out the Aussie PAD's.
Stu25-Feb-2005 13:35
Congrats on the new camera, Laine. Have fun! I'm still going for the D70.
Gayle P. Clement25-Feb-2005 12:27
A beautiful camera and a quite enticing photo!
Lee Kindness25-Feb-2005 11:47
(blushes) - nice one Laine! Make sure you have FUN! Give me a shout if you want any tips on the Fluzi! Oh, first gotcha I think you'll run into is in macro (either macro, A, S or M modes) you can only use up to 2.8X magnification, but you'll still get great flower shots!

A good resource:

northstar3725-Feb-2005 10:42
very posh!
Zak25-Feb-2005 10:26
girls and their toys eh ;-)
Karen Stuebing25-Feb-2005 10:18
Nice camera! Don't worry, judging from your past photos, you'll do well by it.
Guest 25-Feb-2005 10:07
Ooooo a new toy, enjoy!!
Adalberto Tiburzi25-Feb-2005 09:39
I should try one of those small things... ;-)
Kidding, best wishes to you and your new toy!
Argishti Khachik25-Feb-2005 09:35
Cool! Very sexy "Toy" you've there. Waiting to see the pictures!
Have lots of fun with your new camera.
antidote325-Feb-2005 08:08
i will be expecting a dramatic improvement in your images from now on!! :)
kidding. enjoy your new toy and eagerly awaiting more pics from you.
Tine Verheyden25-Feb-2005 07:51
Cool, have fun with the new toy Laine :-)
Cheryl Hawkins25-Feb-2005 07:49
Sexy! Nice camera, have fun with it Laine.
Yvonne25-Feb-2005 07:38
P.S. a classy photo!
Yvonne25-Feb-2005 07:37
Oh WOW! You've been SHOPPING!!! Now its MY turn to get impatient waiting for your
first photos with the new outfit!
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