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Old Feb 28, 2005, 7:04 PM   #1
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Hi all. I work on a website selling Native American art (jewelry, pottery, etc) and have recently picked up a Finepix S5100 to replace the Olympus Camedia C4000 that I was using (busted the lens unit). With the C4000 I was able to keep the lens a good 1.5 feet from the subject and use the optical and digital zoom to get in really tight on the piece. I did not have to use the macro mode at all. I am having a lot of trouble getting anything to focus correctly with the S5100, though. I am having to put the camera on macro mode and get within 5-6 inches of the jewelry to get it to focus, and even then it is extremely inconsistent. If I try to back up and use the zoom to get in close, the camera will not focus the image.It doesn't seem to matter how much light I put on the subject. Do any of you have experience with this camera? I could really use some input on getting this thing to work. Thanks!
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Hi mukkey, I've had great macro results using the Fuji 602 camera.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Thinking your camera could be similar, I checked the macro specs of the S5100.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"They are:

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"With macro set, & lens set at wide angle, focus range is 0.3ft to 6.6ft

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"But when lens is set at tele, focus range is 3.0ft to 6.6ft.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"And so I can see your problem, if you are trying to use the zoom range, as at tele the camera will not focus closer than 3ft.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"It would be best to set the lens towards wide angle, and vary the distance between

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"the camera & subject. I use a tripod for this. A good idea is to use manual focus (the 602 has magnify option in the lcd), and also choose the smallest aperture for greatest depth of field. If this requires a slower shutter speed, it does not matter when camera is on the tripod. A good trick is to use the camera's delayed action to take the shot, hence avoiding any camera shake from a finger push.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I imagine your camera will have most of these options, and I hope you can get good macro shots. Cheers.
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oops..sorry for all the style=BACKGROUND things. Not sure what I did. Maybe it was because I used the return key. Hope it still made sense. Cheers.
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 11:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help! Looks like I picked the wrong camera for the work I am doing. I am thinking about picking these up: http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=DKCUSET52



Think they would help?
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 6:45 PM   #5
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mukkey, as your camera will macro focus as close as 0.3ft= 3.6", I wonder why you are considering close up lenses. I doubt you have 'picked the wrong camera', as I imagine the S5100 will cope, after checking it's specs on Steve's review.

Are there any Fuji S5100 users who could offer an opinion on using macro with this camera?
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 9:26 PM   #6
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Ihave the S5100 and it shoud focus at about 10cm away from your subject using macro mode at the widest angle. I recently bought some close-up filters and the results were amazing!




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another one...
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these bugs were about 3/4 of an inch
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 10:07 PM   #9
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Which filters did you buy? How much were they? Thanks!
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well... it really depend on your budget and on what you plan to shoot. Tell me your price range and your possible subjects and i will recommend you the lenses:?
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