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Old Oct 8, 2005, 8:28 PM   #1
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I'm planning on getting one of these cameras sometime soon. I just had one question about it.

My current camera is an A60. It has a focus assist lamp on it that is bright red and tends to blind people and scare animals before I get to take the picture. I ended up ruining a lot of pictures because of that lamp (people blinking, animals turning away/running away, people looking and wondering why you're shining a laser light at them, etc).

So my question is:
What does the AF lamp on the S2 IS look like? Is it blinding or distracting? Does anyone have a picture of it? (I know some of you camera gurus out there have more than one camera!)

It seems to me that a non-visible AF light (and sensor to detect said light) would be better for real world photography.
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Old Oct 8, 2005, 9:16 PM   #2
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Gidday Niz

Here is the beam of the S2 from 3 feet away-not as scary or blinding as the FZ5 red beam

I don't know of any invisible AF lights but if you find one,let us know

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Old Oct 8, 2005, 10:16 PM   #3
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The AF lamp really projects a pattern like that? Neat. Hopefully it isn't too bright to look into.
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Old Oct 9, 2005, 5:13 AM   #4
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Should have tested on subjects before as to annoyance factor of beams-so i just did.

results-FZ5 red beam/ human subject -squint /animal subject -squint

results-S2green beam/ human subject -no squint /animal subject -slight squint

Very technical test

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Old Oct 9, 2005, 9:32 AM   #5
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Thanks Dom, that is more assuring. I love taking pictures of animals and the last thing I want is to scare them away like the FZ5 beam tends to do.

It's strange that I've never heard anyone else mention anything about this problem.
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Old Oct 10, 2005, 4:22 AM   #6
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The S2's beam tends to irritate people as well. They bear it for the first 3 "candid" shots. After that they tend to get very irritated. Also projecting the light onflat surface does not seem to help the AF so much. The AF seems to benefit more from the illumination than the pattern.
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Old Oct 10, 2005, 6:18 AM   #7
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Does the AF light always turn on or does it only turn on in low light situations?

Is there any way to disable it for animal shots?
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It only comes on in low light conditions, and it can be turned off in the menu.
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Old Oct 11, 2005, 5:58 AM   #9
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Cool! I'll have to read the manual then.
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