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Old Jan 25, 2003, 1:14 PM   #1
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Can anybody reccomend a better manual for the 5700? I can't seem to undertand the one that came with the camera & this is my third digital camera so I have some backround. Focusing in Macro mode seems to be my problem at the moment
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Old Jan 25, 2003, 2:28 PM   #2
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The only manual I know is the one for download at Nikon USA.
But I never used it.
What seems to be the problem with the macro-focusing ? Do you need some help ?
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Old Jan 25, 2003, 4:15 PM   #3
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Don't know if it is any good but here is one.

http://shop.store.yahoo.com/greenbat...rcourinni3.htm
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Macro button is at left side of camera in group of four buttons.

Note that self timer icon will show WITH macro icon when in selftimer mode to "suggest" to the user that s/he user the
self timer for macro photos.

Go here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...nikon5700.html

Look at SIXTH photo down the page.

Button for macro is the lower right corner of the group of
buttons.

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Old Jan 29, 2003, 12:08 AM   #5
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Page 81: Close-Ups & Optical Zoom
ftp://ftp.nikon-euro.com/download/E5700/E5700_En_05.pdf

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At short focus distances, the camera may be unable to focus at some zoom positions. If the camera is unable to focus at the current zoom position, the focus distance display in the monitor or viewfinder will turn red. Zoom the camera in or out until the focus distance is no longer shown in red.
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Old Feb 1, 2003, 9:13 AM   #6
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Using the 5700 macro has a trick. When you push the macro button and the flower-icon appears in your viewfinder, extend the zoom back and forth. You'll notice that, in some zoom ranges, the flower turns from white to yellow. It's that stupid-little-yellow flower that you want. Sometimes it doesn't appear until you apply the zoom just a scootch. And if you soom too much, the yellow disappears and your icon will be white (as if the camera is telling you "Dude! Get a microscope for that!"). Use the autolock on the focus first, and that helps the macro setting get a good, clean focussed shot.

Hope that helps a little...I know it took some playing around before I figured that out!
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... Is this why it's called a varifocal and not really a "zoom"? What about zoom-in to focus on the detail, and now zoom-out does the image stay in focus throughout the zoom range in manual? This is normally solved and masked by the camera in continuous AF.

Most AF cameras do this to compromise for compactness and keep them affordable for the mass-market!
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Old Feb 2, 2003, 9:02 AM   #8
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AH yes, There it is on page 53 of the Nikon Manual.
"When (flower) turns yellow, camera can focus on objects as close as 3 cm..."

How many times have I read this and it didn't sink in.
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Old Feb 13, 2003, 3:07 PM   #9
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If you are looking for something in addition to the manual I would recommend A Short Course in Nikon Coolpix 5700 Photography. You can find more information at http://www.shortcourses.com/bookstor..._nikon5700.htm. I have the book and read it form cover to cover. I would recommend and found it helpful and much more in depth than the manual. It is a great reference manual.
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