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Old Sep 13, 2010, 8:17 AM   #11
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Great shots you have! Did you use a tripod? If not, how did you avoid any movement of your hands, or any wind breeze?alexander
I used a Monopod for these to help me steady these old shaky hands (Drink too much coffee)...but since i got a Carbon Fiber tripod I have been using it more...they are really worth the extra cost and there are some excellent cheaper ones on the market now...
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how do the monopods work, exactly? if you're holding a monopod, isn't that almost the same as just holding the camera?
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Wonderful shots! Just how do you find these creature who will pose for you? Everytime I point a camera at an insect it flies away; if I point at a flower than a hurricane suddenly blows up!!
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 5:24 PM   #14
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Wow! Just joined in here, with a new FZ35. One reason for a new camera was to shoot butterflies, all macro shots. I'm looking forward to the season of butterflies, and trying my new FZ35. Also, I want some insect (bees) shots.

Assuming the 40 to be similar to the 35, how did you set up the camera. I am not finding a specific setting for macro (my Canon required separate settings). Will the camera adjust by itself? What mode is best for these kinds of shots?

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how do the monopods work, exactly? if you're holding a monopod, isn't that almost the same as just holding the camera?
Monopods are really effective for eliminating camera shake. They are a long leg that extends to the ground, so there's no shake. The camera can still move a bit in the horizontal plane - a monopod won't work for a really long exposure - but for macro or moderately low-light conditions they're ideal.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 7:43 PM   #16
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I agree with Mick-

Monopods to indeed have a place in your photo gear.

But as LTZ said, a carbon fiber tripod is an even better solution. Both do an excellent job of stabilizing the camera. Then the photographer comes into the equation.

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:10 AM   #17
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awesome, thanks guys...

i've used a tripod on previous trips, but sometimes the hassle of setting it up takes away from the moment, especially on vacation. i end up spending so much time trying to get the 'perfect' photo, that i miss out on 'experiencing' it. maybe the monopod is the nice balance i'm looking for.
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Those are ALL extra-ordinary photos. I don't think I can get such crisp shots from my FZ28, even with a close-up lens. Great going, LTZ, keep it up!
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"Thanks Dustin for the kind words...the FZ40 is a very good camera...really great to work with...I ha the LC55 on the LA5 Adapter and was going to use it...got all the way there 2 miles from home and I had left it behind...lol...so i made do without it...i think it will really shine with the LC-55 mated up..."

Wow! With results like this; you really didn't need the LC55!

Truly awesome photo work!
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 7:28 PM   #20
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It sounds like I need the LA5 adapter to mate the LC55 to my FZ40?? Would that be correct?

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