....the EXIF data says that it was shot at just 72mm..... How did you achieve this at just 72mm? Is the image that you posted a deep crop?
I guess it's just the way EXIF recorded the base f.l. for that type of camera ten years ago - it was a "superzoom" S5. I'm sure I would have shot at max. zoom but forget what the equivalent f.l would have been then. I must have cropped a bit to get the aspect ratio you see, but not much. Anyway, glad you liked it.