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Old May 15, 2007, 4:08 AM   #11
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Thanks

Iello: we'll certainly do something there in October, hope in the same Days (not yet scheduled anything for that period)
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Old May 15, 2007, 6:27 PM   #12
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Hi Narmer,

Congrats on some really great shots. When you say 'shot with FZ20' do you mean no macro adapter? If it is so then your pics are nothing short of miraculous.

Will you be so good as to share the technique you use to get such sharp focus?
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Old May 15, 2007, 9:34 PM   #13
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Those are all terrific, I really like the bug hiding in the orange flower!
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Old May 15, 2007, 11:52 PM   #14
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beautiful detail and colors and the aquarium shots are..
well out of this world.
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Old May 16, 2007, 10:18 AM   #15
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ThanksYes, Wise, only 2 of the mix image(3rd pic) are shot with DCR250, the other are all standard FZ20 macro.
You can zoom at 2,5x (around 15mm = 90mm eq.) and stay ar 2 cm from the subject with this camera (in A, S, M or Macro modes).
Still don't know if it's the same for the FZ30 and 50 too or instead their macro is as the manual states at full Wide Angle and 5cm distance (I don't think).

If I have no time to thread the DCR250 on my FZ20 lens (same part in which the lens cap fits) or the less powerful but equally great Nikons 5T + 6T (for which I need to thread on the adapter too), Imust shot in normal macro with my cam....
But it often does it good, when the magnification needed is not extreme.

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Old May 16, 2007, 3:16 PM   #16
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Hello Narmer,

Thanks for the tips. I also own FZ20 but could never get such macro shots. Do you use tripod a lot for these shots? And what aperture?
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No, Iseldom use tripod (only for long night-exposures).Very rarely for macros.
The BF was shot at F/5,6 and F/8, because it was mating and I could take with my handthe branch/leaf on which they were.

Although traditional film macro photographers recommend a tripod (and eventually a macro rail for extreme magnifications) I always go handheld and often with flash when the subjects are in the shade or when they re moving.

But one has to get trained, for it is very hard to focus handheld with a DCR250 or even with Nikon 5T + 6T (+4,4), both for the LCD is not alwaysfairly visible and its resol. is not as in FZ30. And at max zoom the DOF is fractions of a millimeter.... so many shots will always come out to be soon erased on the spot.

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