|Hi Josť Miguel,
thank you for your kind and positive words. That lizzy asked for quite a bit of patience, and I am happy the result is well appreciated by you. Usually, with targets that are less intelligent and easier to approach, I am not working with maximim telezoom on macro, but I prefer to get much closer to get sharper images.
Higher ISO settings than ISO 100 are not much of a problem with the H5, but usually I do not go higher than 320. At ISO 1000, there is some well visible noise, but I have seen it worse at other models at much lower settings.
H5 image stabilization with is doing quite a good job, and spot auto focus works much better and quicker than expected. At long distances, however, the H5 quite often does have a serious problem with chromatic aberrations, producing some significant green and purple edges at dark contours in front of bright backgrounds - that is really turning me down sometimes, and is considered to be a shame for an equipment featuring "Carl Zeiss" optics.
To summarize, the H5 is quite a good working horse for moderate macro photography, also doing sufficiently well at general purpose for modest expectations, at least for those of us who do not want to carry havy stuff in the field, and do not want to lose time with changing optics. The H5 does have real benefits in the moderate macro range due to its immanently much wider depth of field, compared to a full size dSLR. F/8, the smallest aperture setting available with the H5, seems to produce results that may even exceed an F/22 depth of field at full size dSLRs, and even at F3.5, depth of field with the H5 is good enough for many macros.
I am quite curious to try out the H9 that also seems to extend a bit more into the wide angle range than the H5, and comes with a movable LCD.
Would still say, however, that for high quality expectations those recent super-zoom compact models would never replace any high end dSLR equipped with optimized optics for each occasions. Just for reasons of quick and precise handling, I would always prefer a good old manually operated SLR zoom lens instead of those electrical zooms coming with compacts. But one of the strongest benefits of compacts is their price, of course, that makes it affordable to go for a further improved model every one or two years. With the recent pace of product improvement at digital cameras, even the latest housing of a dSLR will look old too soon for its still ample selling price.
Looking forward to enjoying your latest top quality works.
With best regards,
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