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18 1.8k 1928 England
14 Jun 2020 10:45AM
Son of a preacher heron?

Bright sunlight, meaning optimum conditions for your camera at the long end of the zoom. It's still less than perfectly sharp, though: so I shall ask whether you sue the camera's viewfinder, with the camera against your face, elbows tucked in, or do you use the screen, at arm's length? The latter is far less stable, and always threatens quality.

I've had a look at Joshua Waller's review of the Coolpix B700 on this site, and I quote:

'Lens Performance - Macro performance is impressive, with the camera able to focus on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens. Images are softer at the telephoto end of the lens (particularly in the corners), but reasonably good at the wide-angle end of the lens, with images sharper near the centre of the image. Chromatic aberrations and purple fringing can be an issue when shooting images with high levels of contrast. There is some barrel distortion when shooting wide-angle, although there is minimal pincushion distortion at the telephoto end of the lens. Image stabilisation is quite impressive, keeping images steady even when using a lot of optical zoom.'

In absolute terms, it's probably still pretty decent - and it will pay to play to the strengths of the performance, at the wider end. As I think I've written previously, superzooms offer seriously long telephotos, but at a price. It's non-financial: I seem to recall reading about the lenses that the BBC and others use for wildlife, and there are four noughts in the price tag, while the first figure is not under 6... Really high quality has a cash price tag.

Having said which, a lot of people get excellent results for much less money: still well into four figures, though.

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