I am a keen natural history photographer and am considering buying a panasonic fz 18 due its size lens length and quality. I have read the review with great interest. However one aspect that is very important to me is the size of the image that can be achieved using macro. I understand that at 28mm equivalent it will focus to 1cm. While impressive this is of limited practical use in wildlife photograpy as any living insect butterfly etc will fly long before the lens gets that close, and even with flora camera shading is likely with small subjects.
I understand from the review that on telephoto macro setting the lens will focus to 1 metre between 12x and 18x. Can anyone please tell me what the coverage is at the closest distance that can be achieved?
For instance with my current camera an old Casio 3500, the lens in focus full-frame will cover 5.9 cms at wide angle and about 6.2 cms on 3x optical. Does anyone know if the fx18 can match that?
Can anyone recommend any of the other super-zooms for close-up work?