this image is here not because it's anything to crow about technically, but because i want to laud my new camera. :) this is a 100% crop of what 486mm optical zoom looks like with a panasonic DMC-FZ28, complete dark, hand held, not even resting my elbows on anything.
i am very, very happy with this upgrade. the camera's image stabilization is amazing. if it's not raining tonight, i'm trying this with the tripod for comparison.