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Old Sep 17, 2010, 11:20 AM   #31
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Thanks for info.
I'm not comfortable with idea of monopod the way it works.
Will get a tripod to start with.
M123 smart move I did also the Tripod will really help your Moon Shots and all around shooting...if you can afford it get a Carbon Fiber to start...if not the Aluminum Tripods are great...thats what I started with...
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 12:19 PM   #32
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OK - I set ISO Sensitivity to AUTO - Limit to 400....
I don't believe you have control of the ISO if ISO sensitivity is set to AUTO. With this configuration, the camera will choose the appropriate ISO up to the max value specified. The nice thing about it is that if the camera feels that ISO 320 suffices, then it will choose that rather than 400. However, if you want to guarantee that the camera will for sure use ISO 400, then you have to set the ISO to 400 rather than AUTO.
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 12:22 PM   #33
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Correct and thanks for the clarification Tulio...the FZ40 actually chose ISO320 for me the other day...I am still learning...

I didn't want to make it too easy for Clint...lol...he's already shooting better shots than me...and I am tryin to keep up with the ole geezer...lol...
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 12:38 PM   #34
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Correct and thanks for the clarification Tulio...the FZ40 actually chose ISO320 for me the other day...I am still learning...

I didn't want to make it too easy for Clint...lol...he's already shooting better shots than me...and I am tryin to keep up with the ole geezer...lol...
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No way - I'm learning from you - from all your shots I may even give the FZ100 another try.

Tulio - I wanted to control the ISO in the Macro mode. I can "limit" the ISO but I can't choose the ISO with the ISO button like I can in the P mode.
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 1:06 PM   #35
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That's poor f/w implementation on the part of Panasonic. My 5-year old Sony H1 allows me to set the ISO in "macro" mode. This mode should have absolutely nothing to do with any other setting. The camera should allow you to change everything since this only affects focus distance. I can see (well, sort of) the restriction to camera settings in scn modes but not macro. Oh well...I guess capping is your best bet in this case. You can also try shooting in S mode setting a high shutter speed (assuming you do not want to control the aperture for ideal DoF). If there isn't enough light, the camera will bump up the ISO to the capped value. Since you are shooting in macro mode, shutter speed has no other effect except on the exposure.
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I also found out that if you use the flash it will go past the ISO limit. Apparently using the flash means less control in the Macro mode.
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