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Old 14th February 2011, 17:48   #4486
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For macro its best to use manual focus. The MF assist is brilliant on the FZ
Tried shooting this Rose bud with manual focus. Please feel free to comment/suggest improvements:

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Old 14th February 2011, 18:52   #4487
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@Zenster:

1. There is noticeable overexposure and possible lack of focus.
2. You have not mentioned what ISO you are shooting at.
3. For this much light, I think you could have reduced the aperture a bit f/3.0 or f/3.5
4. You could have chosen a different angle - the focus is totally on the pink appendage jutting out instead of the green bulb

Otherwise great attempt.
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Old 14th February 2011, 20:06   #4488
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@Zenster:

1. There is noticeable overexposure and possible lack of focus.
2. You have not mentioned what ISO you are shooting at.
3. For this much light, I think you could have reduced the aperture a bit f/3.0 or f/3.5
4. You could have chosen a different angle - the focus is totally on the pink appendage jutting out instead of the green bulb

Otherwise great attempt.
Here are a lil more detail: ISO was set to 100, and focus on pink appendages was intentional

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Thanks for pointers, will keep 'em in mind. You guys have been of great help. Will be back soon to bother your guys

OT: What settings does one need to capture birds/planes in flight. Since there is a brighter backdrop (sky), I guess settings will vary from shooting a moving car (for e.g.).

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Old 14th February 2011, 21:16   #4489
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@zenster,

My personal opinion is that both the pink and green should have been in equal focus. Which is why I recommended a different angle. Till such time I master focus bracketing I would make do which such a compromise. For ISO 100, you would need to reduce aperture.

As far as planes in the sky go, the trick is speed. Which means that for best results trust the camera. That is what works for me.
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Old 14th February 2011, 22:41   #4490
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I'd say that the question for Zenster is: is it what you wanted? If so, then it's great!
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Old 15th February 2011, 12:48   #4491
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Guys,

Please suggest me which one is the best among the below Canon models:

SX210 IS
SX130 IS
SD1300 IS
SD4000 IS

I'm looking for a good P&S camera with Video option and shortlisted the above. Appreciate the feedback from those who has already used the above models...

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Dunno about the others, but SX210IS is a real good one, both for still and video. Battery lasts for a looong time. 14x zoom is good if used on a tripod. The interface is a bit kludgy, especially if one wants to use Manual mode, but the good thing is a quick preview of what the shot will look like at the set aperture / shutter setting. Focusing is quick in normal light, but low light conditions cause it to hunt. Overall, a VFM camera at its price point.
Thanks for the suggestion. Here in Saudi the price for SX210 IS is aprox. RS 15,500. Is it fair? Amazon has quoted $249 and around 50 for Int'l shipment charge. If I buy from Amazon, do I get an Int'l warrenty and what about the product quality?

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As far as planes in the sky go, the trick is speed. Which means that for best results trust the camera. That is what works for me.
Well, sometimes speed and even luck matters ;-) Here is one which could have come out real good, only if I was a lil' better prepared. In fact, patience is also extremely imp!

In fact, I'm planning to take my FZ to Rangathittu possibly this weekend. Anyone interested in joining in? Will be a nice drive and super fun shooting the birds
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Old 16th February 2011, 07:46   #4493
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@royalcruiser,
Well luck matters everywhere. I have a Flickr contact whose strategy is to machine gun the subject with a burst of snaps in the hope of getting one perfect result. He succeeds most of the time, so I guess that is a good method too.

Nice picture there. Why dont you paste it in the non-auto images thread as well?
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Well luck matters everywhere. I have a Flickr contact whose strategy is to machine gun the subject with a burst of snaps in the hope of getting one perfect result. He succeeds most of the time, so I guess that is a good method too.

Nice picture there. Why dont you paste it in the non-auto images thread as well?
Totally agree on the burst mode! I also used it for shooting these busy lil' insects. Not sure, but I feel some detail is lost in the burst mode - will reserve my judgement on this after some more use.

Hmm, hadn't thought seriously about that (actually had not even visited that thread Will post this one and some other recent ones over there.
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Guys, there's a sale going on at Sony here, and they're offering the TX5 for approx INR 6,500. This is going to be my first digital camera, and i'm not into photography. I click random stuff, cars, and a few pics when with friends.
Is the TX5 any good at this price? Or should i look at something else?
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Tried shooting this Rose bud with manual focus. Please feel free to comment/suggest improvements:

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Excellent pic. To check the overexposure enable the Highlights in your camera so that the white spots will blink in the preview mode. Also try using the bracketing option where it takes 3 pictures of low, normal, over exposure. Generally autobracketing is used for HDR.
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I am planning to buy Fujifilm Finepix HS20, any idea whether its available around ? any other all in one alternative available ? or would it be advisable to go in for budget DSLR.

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I am planning to buy Fujifilm Finepix HS20..any other all in one alternative available ?
The common alternate is the Canon SX30. With a DSLR you will get better IQ but at the cost of zoom range. Also a DSLR only makes sense if you are going to consider a combination of 3 lenses or more. For example a Canon 1000 with the 18-55+55-250/200+28/1.8 or Nikon 3100 with 18-55+55-200+35/1.8.
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Actually FZ-100 would be a better bet in my opinion. It has full manual controls for video too, not just for Stills.
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I am planning to buy Fujifilm Finepix HS20, any idea whether its available around ? any other all in one alternative available ? or would it be advisable to go in for budget DSLR.
Why the HS20? The comparable cameras are the FZ100, the SX30IS and a host of others. The reason I am asking this question is that you have to be sure what you are looking for before plonking money on a camera.

The HS20 has been announced. Expect it in April or May. Expect proper reviews to start coming in only a couple of months after that.

A budget DSLR would definitely give better image quality but you will end up spending more on the lenses.

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Actually FZ-100 would be a better bet in my opinion. It has full manual controls for video too, not just for Stills.
That's hardly a reason why you would buy a camera.

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