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Old Sep 26, 2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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I got my new z981 last night and haven't played with it too much, I do have a question though, I was trying to take a 'moon shot' on the way home and it wouldn't focus? the best picture I got was when I was in my car, through the window, but the flash went off (I was trying different settings). The other shots I used the night scenery mode and all I got was a round white ball, no detail.
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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Try these settings for starters and use a tripod.

Mode Aperature Pri. Shutter 800 Aperature f/5.6 ISO 200 Focus Manual Tripod YES

Mode Aperature Pri. Shutter 500 Aperature f/8 ISO 100 Focus Manual EV -1 Tripod YES
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thanks, I still have to figure out how to get to those settings LOL, like I said I really haven't played too much yet, just on the point and shoot modes, but I plan on doing some major exploration today
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 5:58 PM   #4
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You can check the exif on this image:

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Old Sep 26, 2010, 6:02 PM   #5
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Nice shot. There is more than one way LOL

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Yup, was just thinking that a longer exposure would capture more detail. Everything I tried above below 1/320 was a bit blurry or lacking the extra details.
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 6:34 PM   #7
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that was with the z981?seriously? how the heck? can you email instructions on changing the settings? I definately need a tri pod, I have a couple if i can find them

edited to add: I will read the manual eventually, LOL. This is my first nice digital, I had a really good 35mm, but I haven't played with it in years. I am going to have so much fun playing with this camera!

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Well to change the settings you should really read the manual On Kodak's site there is an extended manual which you can download as pdf and print and read. Then you can start reading more on the web on the various settings.

I use a cheap table tripod from e-bay, there are quite a few that do the job. This was taken just now with a faster shutter speed:

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I have the manual downloaded, but I have a two year old so finding time to read is oh so fun. I did however figure out burst mode, way cool. I know, or think, that there is a way to manual focus right? I am assuming with moon shots you would almost need to do that, at least with what I was trying. However, I did not try a tripod and will as soon as I can, I have two, one came with my video camera and one is one of those bendy leg ones, but would work ok.

read most of it and now I have a good idea...what settings did you use for the above pictures?

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Old Sep 30, 2010, 1:16 PM   #10
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I took this a couple nights ago with my z980 with the following settings:


Go into manual mode, set your F-Stop to the max (8.0 on mine), zoom in, (use a tripod), can use either autofocus or manual focus (infinity will probably work and if not you can just adjust it), set your shutter speed to like 1/20-ish so it doesn't get blinded and then set your timer to go off a few seconds after you press the shutter so you don't get camera shake, and voila! =P
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