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Old 09-25-2013, 01:42 PM   #341
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Those three shots were handheld.
Those handheld shots show that you are not drinking near enough.

I have a Canon with 20x optical zoom, and you gotta be pretty steady even at only 20x and Image Stabilization.

Fantastic shooting, Bob !!
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #342
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LOL! At my age I’m unsteady even without alcohol. That was another reason for the new camera, this one has a viewfinder. For me, holding a camera to my eye helps me to hold the camera steady when zoomed out.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:25 PM   #343
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What a great adventure! I can't wait to retire. I want to go full time when I do. You're living the dream.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:43 PM   #344
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What a great adventure! I can't wait to retire. I want to go full time when I do. You're living the dream.
Don't be in a rush to retire, there are drawbacks...you've become old.

Retirement is like a good news, bad news joke. The good news is I'm retired, the bad news is I'm old and making my doctors, dentist, and pharmacist rich.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:46 PM   #345
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Happy birthday, Bob

Can't beat another camera for a gift! I nice superzoom is very handy and a good thing to have. Amazing handheld shot of the egret from that distance.
Thank you Chap. I really wish I would have had the new camera with me when I was in Yellowstone.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:16 PM   #346
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Sometimes you just get lucky. My grandson and his first fly rod. Below Beaver Lake AR White River. Cell phone photo.
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That's a great photo bubbles.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:16 AM   #348
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LOL! At my age Iím unsteady even without alcohol. That was another reason for the new camera, this one has a viewfinder. For me, holding a camera to my eye helps me to hold the camera steady when zoomed out.
Agree that a viewfinder really helps. I miss that on my point and shoot. I couldn't find a "cheap" compact camera with the stats that I wanted plus a view finder when shopping for my current pocket camera.

The stats on the S8200 are impressive...as well as the pictures. If I didn't already have a SLR and a compact camera, I would definitely consider the Fuji.

Seems like the big advantage of the S8200 over an SLR is that 1 lens does it all. It appears that the view finder is "thru the lens", but is electronically read off of the sensor ?? If I am interpreting that correctly, what you see is what you get just like an SLR.

My pocket camera (Canon SX 2600 HS) with the 20x zoom does a fairly decent job, but I can get some refraction discoloration around the edges when zoomed out.

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I think the back-lighting hurt with the bear picture.

With our current setup with photo ops, I will carry the SLR with a 18 to 55mm lens and the missus the point and shoot. Overall the SLR takes better pictures (but not by much), and if there is a photo op in the distance, then the missus takes care of that with the zoom on the point and shoot. The S8200 would negate us having to take 2 cameras.

I think the only downsize of the S8200 and a typical SLR is the size. A point and shoot camera can be put in a pocket, and forgotten about until needed. I carry it frequently in my bike pack, and was able to capture some bear pictures on a recent touring trip.
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I love that bear photo Chap. I don't think the back-lighting hurt that photo at all. Actually it causes the eye to focus only on the the bear.

Originally I was wanting a Nikon Coolpix P520 but when I saw the sale price of the Fuji, and being cheap, I told my wife to get me the Fuji. If I were more serious about photography I probably would have gone with the Nikon.

It's been a long time since I've owned a camera this is as large as a SLR so I'm hoping I don't get turned off by the bulk and weight of the S8200.
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It has been a while since I have checked in here. I'm glad to see this thread is still going and have enjoyed the many wonderful photographs. For a number of reasons, this year has been very hectic and trying, leaving little time for pleasure travel or camping. I therefore have tried to make the best and worked on my "urban photography":





However earlier this week I was driving through Joshua Tree Forest as low dark storm clouds were arriving, so I stopped for a few photographs. The clouds really add dynamics to the photo (IMHO):

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