Happy Day! My New LUMIX FZ300 Arrived!

Hooray for Cyber Monday!

I’ve been using my Sony RX10 for the past five years and love it. But ever since it froze up earlier this year – remember camera woes? – I thought about getting another camera.

At the time, Terri at Second Wind Leisure recommended the Lumix FZ300 as a cheaper alternative to a new RX10; and her beautiful photos vouched for it.

I finally took the plunge when I realized the Lumix has a 600mm zoom (my old RX10 has 200) which I hoped would improve my bird photography.

I couldn’t wait to get started even though I hardly know how to operate it! So I turned it on yesterday in Auto mode and went outside for my first Lumix photoshoot.

Hello Anna’s Hummingbirds! Hooray for more zoom! 🙂

I have SO MUCH to learn about the Panasonic Lumix as the functions and controls are very different from my Sony RX10. That will take time. Fortunately, I have all the time I need – did I mention it came with a 3 year warranty?

In the meantime, I already love it and can’t wait to keep practicing! Hope you enjoy as I’m learning. 🙂

~ Susanne

35 Comments on “Happy Day! My New LUMIX FZ300 Arrived!

  1. That zoom range is perfect for birds, Susanne. But the huge advantage is the 2.8 aperture available through the full range of the lens. Well done with the hummers, and I hope you have great fun with the camera.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks so much, Pete! I’m already so happy with it and can’t wait to learn how to use more of its features. I was immediately impressed with the zoom and almost understand what you said about the aperture!! 😄 And it’s much lighter than my Sony, too, also a plus!

  2. Beautiful. They could be in Birds and Blooms magazine.

  3. Wow, you are already a fab photographer, Susanne, but this zoom lens makes you a master! I’m looking at this on my new 32″ desktop monitor and your hummers are 6 inches tall, LOL! And so clear. I’m sure you will figure out the settings (a zillion), but aperture mode works well–what I captured my latest eagle pics in. I took a beginning camera class two years ago when I was still living in Sacramento, and the photographer really helped me! I’m excited for you!

    • Thanks so much, Terri! And thanks again for recommending the Lumix back when my Sony was giving me trouble. Your latest eagle pictures inspired me to take the plunge and I’m glad I did!

      I’m so used to the RX10’s menu and controls and the Lumix is quite different; it will take me a while to slog through the manual and master it. In the meantime, I couldn’t wait to try it out on the hummingbirds and even in Auto mode I loved the longer zoom! It’s only been 2 days since I got it so I’ll give myself some time to figure it out! 🙂 Won’t it be fun!? 😉

  4. Have fun with your new camera. I have the older FZ200 and I still like it a lot. It’s so versatile as I think you’ll find with yours, and the image quality is really very good.

  5. I have the FZ200 and love it! I’m so pleased you’re happy with your purchase 🙂 You’ve certainly made great use of it here, the birds are so vivid! I look forward to seeing more.

    • Wonderful! I’m finding out a number of bloggers I follow are happy with their Lumix! And all take terrific photos including you!! I’m looking forward to learning to use all the various modes and functions! 😊

      • Thanks for those kind words 🙂 I’ve been using mine for years (actually it’s my second one!) so if you have any questions feel free to ask, either in a blog comment or via the Contact me link on my blog (under About me on the top menu)

  6. Congrats on the new camera! You are already getting some good use out of it!

  7. Getting to see those birds close up I can begin to imagine that each has an individual personality. At a distance they all look the same. I look forward to what more you discover about the birds that visit you a you share the pictures with us.

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