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Old Nov 1, 2004, 7:12 AM   #1
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This question will definitely show my in-experience with digital cameras. But I cannot seem to get my FZ3 camera to focus on close subjects when I have the camera in macro mode. Although the manual is better than some I have seen with other equipment, it does not really go into detail about how to focus in macro.

If I am within a close distance, 1 ft or closer, and try to move the lens from either wide angle to telephoto, the image appears blurred on the viewfinder. Any suggestions?
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Old Nov 1, 2004, 7:50 AM   #2
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This question will definitely show my in-experience with digital cameras. But I cannot seem to get my FZ3 camera to focus on close subjects when I have the camera in macro mode. Although the manual is better than some I have seen with other equipment, it does not really go into detail about how to focus in macro.

If I am within a close distance, 1 ft or closer, and try to move the lens from either wide angle to telephoto, the image appears blurred on the viewfinder. Any suggestions?
If you check your camera's specfications, you'll see that you can't use zoom if you're that close.

In Macro Mode, at full wide angle, your minimum focus distance is 0.98 feet (30 cm). But, this range increases as more zoom is used to a minimum focus distance of 3.94 feet (120 cm) at full zoom.
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JimC is correct, but if you want to get that close, and you want to magnify images, AND IF your camera can accept filters, you may want to get into closeup lenses...these look like filters, but allow you to get very close, and allow you to take advantage of the camera's full zoom. Here's an example using a +7 diopter (meaning the maximum distance away I can be from the subject is 1/7th of a metre) and zoomed in to 300mm (I'm using an Olympus C-700):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/08...up/uspenny.jpg

The only thing is the depth of field (the distance in front of and behind the subject) is very shallow (not sharp).
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