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Old Aug 3, 2005, 3:08 PM   #11
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This should give you an idea of the power of the zoom (sound like a Jedi master!)



The arrow points to where the zoom in the next pic was aimed.



Bear in mind, it was taken on a hazy, windy day, and I was just holding the camera for each shot!

Like I say, impressive!! It is Westward Ho! by the way - lovely part of Devon.

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Old Aug 5, 2005, 9:30 AM   #12
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Now that is just awesome!! I would never have believed the zoom could be so good. I'd assumed using the digital zoom to increase it to 48x would have resulted in a terrible picture but thats not bad at all.

Better join the paparazzi then and spy on film stars sunning themselves on the beach from hundreds of yards away!

Yes I know Westward Ho! We stayed close by there a few years ago.
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Old Aug 8, 2005, 4:11 AM   #13
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I've been practising on the S2is with Macro and also zoom shots as well. On this one taken this weekend instead of taking a close up shot I used the full 48x digital zoom to avoid frightening the butterfly. Not perfect but I'm still learning but I'm mighty impressed with the capabilities of the S2is so far.
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The digital zoom has not been as kind to me. I have many blurry, noisy, low detail shots with the digital zoom. I think I will have to pracice some more...

Great shot of the butterfly btw.
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Old Aug 8, 2005, 8:53 AM   #15
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Yes it can be difficult to take a clear picture when using the full 48x digital zoom, particularly when trying to focus on something a long distance away. It was easier with the butterfly as it was only about 8ft away from me so I could focus easier. The trick is keeping as steady a hand as possible and hoping the subject of your photo stays still for a second (very difficult with wildlife!). Obviously a tripod would be better.

The butterfly shot was taken hand held.
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