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Old Jan 7, 2004, 4:15 PM   #11
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flakes..
i'm very interested in the fz1. i was just thinking how kick ass it would be if i can get some good moon shots.

can you please repost them?

or if anyone else has good nightsky or moon pics with the fz1 (without image alteration or external flash).. please post them. thanks.
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Old Jan 7, 2004, 11:21 PM   #12
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Even with maximum optical zoom (without any tele convertor) the moon is only a small circle in the centre of the 2MP image. Last night eventually got round to first real attempt at photographing moon; took about 15 pictures. Then using free "stacking" software had downloaded, averaged them. This averaged picture looks "softer" than each original but can be sharpened more severely to reveal a bit more detail in the image (rather than aliasing/noise/etc etc). Here's the post made to dpreview showing the result after severe sharpening and increasing contrast :
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...essage=7192408

Presumably could have got a better result if had used tripod (moon was a bit high to make that comfortable with mine) so that the images aligned a bit better (noticed on PC hadn't kept the camera very level). Processing probably a bit crude too. On the evidence of unprocessed photos seen of moon with FZ1, would almost certainly see quite some improvement from using TCON-17 teleconvertor.

Always nice to see examples of the FZ1/FZ2's versatility. I don't, however, think those working on the Hubble telescope project shoud feel their jobs are under threat from FZ1 users...
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Old Jan 8, 2004, 5:36 AM   #13
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For those wanting that "super" teleconverter, you may want to try your hand at digiscoping. You basically either handhold a camera lens up to a spotting scope, buy rather expensive adapters to attach your camera to the spotting scope, or you can rig up something yourself. I did this a lot with my Kodak DX3600 (very small diameter lens) and even my Sony Mavica FD91 (52mm diameter lens), and it worked very well with both cameras -- it was literally like putting a small telescope on the camera. Anyway, sadly I cannot get it to work with my FZ1. Although the Kodak did not have manual focus and it worked, I cannot get the FZ1 to focus properly through the spotting scope. Guess that's a reason to buy a FZ10, right?

Anyway, it might just be me, so if anyone has a FZ1/2 and a spotting scope, you may want to give it a try. You'll be looking at craters instead of the entire moon!
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Old Jan 8, 2004, 9:10 AM   #14
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Here is a resized only (uncropped) shot of last night's full moon taken with the fz1 with tcon17 and c210 attached for a total of 38.76x zoom. Handheld; f8; 1/400s; spot mode; cloudy wb.
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Old Jan 8, 2004, 10:16 PM   #15
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Here are some shots with FZ1+B300 the 1st 2 before the upgrade to FZ1/2.. The last 2 after the upgrade, the shots with the blue shade were taken on the cool setting, the others in B&W...

http://www.mets4life.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/coolmoon.JPG

http://www.mets4life.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/bwmoon.JPG

http://www.mets4life.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/b&wfz1.JPG

http://www.mets4life.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/coolfz1.JPG
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 1:38 AM   #16
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i'm sorry guys, but i'm a little new to the lingo..

when u say "with tcon17 and c210" or "b300" what is that?
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Old Jan 9, 2004, 9:49 AM   #17
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The tcon17 ($100) is the new version of the discontinued b300. Both are 1.7x teleconverters with 55mm threads. The c210 ($40) is a 1.9x tele with 52mm threads. Both are made by Olympus. You can stack the the tcon17 and c210 by attaching a 55mm filter ring (break out glass) to the front of the c210 and screw the tcon17 into it.
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