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Grounded Sep 3, 2011 5:00 AM

Infinity focus FZ50
I have to photograph fireworks soon, and would like to set, and lock my camera on infinity, in manual mode, is this possible? I believe infinity is selected with scenery mode but then it is not manual. what would the firework mode do? what would you FZ50 users suggest? :dontknow:

Ozzie_Traveller Sep 4, 2011 4:53 PM

G'day mate

With my FZ30, whenever I've got a fireworks night coming up, in the afternoon I go outside & manually focus on a building about 1/2km away [ie same distance from fireworks], & put a bit of masking tape around the focus ring for that night's photo event

Masking tape does the job & doesn't leave any sticky stuff behind
Hope this helps a bit
Regards, Phil

Grounded Sep 4, 2011 11:24 PM

HI Ozzie, Does that mean you are shooting in manual mode? I wasn't figuring on doing that, Its all because of this rugby mania these Kiwis have, be glad when the Poms win, and it's all over.

Ozzie_Traveller Sep 6, 2011 10:56 PM

G'day mate

Yeah ... focus is in manual, exposure varies from "P" if it's simple stuff to "S" for action stuff to "M" for star trails / long exposures with infinity burst in action as well
ISO 200 to 800 depending upon what & where etc etc

Regards, Phil

Grounded Sep 9, 2011 3:48 AM

Well, not much luck, first I was to far away, and second, I had the shutter open to long, only 5 out of 30 usable photos.

Bob Nichol Sep 9, 2011 7:40 AM

This is a learning experience so make notes of what you did so you can do better next time you shoot fireworks. Some careful cropping should fix the "too far away" problem. And it's digital so 25 bad shots didn't cost you anything!

Ozzie_Traveller Sep 9, 2011 4:58 PM

G'day Mate

Just a thought ... when I am swapping around between "P" mode to "A" or "S" modes, I do a metering via P and note the s/speed &/or aperture before swapping over

That way I have a starting point of the Speeds or Apertures I am going to use after swapping into that mode

With "M" manual mode, you need to have your parachute ready :) :)

Hope this helps
Regards, Phil

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