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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:43 PM   #51
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I understood the higher the ISO the more noise so doesn't that apply to the Sony?
I will probably just buy lenses for the FZ38 but still trying to get a definite answer as to the very best buys for it in a macro lens a conversion lens and the adapter. Once i have that info i will buy.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:46 PM   #52
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1600 on a aps-c size sensor is about as clean at 400iso on the small sensor sensor cameras. 3200iso about the same as 800iso. The larger cmos sensor do perform way better at high iso.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:49 PM   #53
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Shoturtle, being a newbie please explain what aps-c size etc means. I am not into the terminology -sorry.
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Here is a wiki illustration of the size difference. Because of the of the much larger size of the sensor it lets them to work much better at higher iso. The aps-c can preform well upto 6400iso.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APS-C
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The bigger sensor and more expensive lens help eliminate noise up to a certain point.

As has been mentioned earlier in the post, your best buys for the FZ38 would be the LC55 for macros and a T-CONN 17 for a teleconverter - both need the LA3 adapter ring (tube).

If "best buys" means the lowest price - you just have to shop around a bit.

My suggestion would be to get the LC55 and LA3 first. Use them to learn and improve your macros. Once you feel comfortable doing that then get the T-CONN 17 for increasing your zooms.

That way you only spend a little bit at first.
However, if you're still not achieving good IQ out of the "basic" FZ38, I'd hold off spending the money.

Adding these lenses and converters won't make getting good pictures any easier.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 4:04 PM   #56
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I hear you Clint. I am writing those numbers down. They will probably be my Christmas presents as i have pleanty of art materials so don't need any of that which only leaves the lens' that i would like. Amazon is startign a sale here tomorrow so i can look for them and hope they are reduced a bit.
Good IQ - what is it exactly and how do you achieve it? I take photos mainly for my art work and they are clear enough to work from. What i am unsure of really is the best settings for outside and indoor work so i can just keep those and not mess anymore with settings. all advice gratfully recieved. E
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 4:14 PM   #57
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IQ means Image Quality.
I look for crisp detail, good color, good focus.
However "image quality" might mean something else to others.
It's a lot like art - people have different tastes and preferences.

When I get in a hurry I usually use the IA mode and the flash on the FZ35 and it "usually" does a good job
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 4:20 PM   #58
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This is the most recent photo i have taken. untouched apart from reduced to be accepted here. what do you think of its quality etc? if i can improve on it please explain how. thanks E.
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It looks pretty good to me - maybe a bit overexposed.
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It is very, very near to his real colour and i look for realistic colour for my artwork. I think it's ok but i am a newbie so would welcome comments.
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