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Old Jan 5, 2011, 1:25 PM   #11
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Wes, why not try a couple of shots without the filter? It shouldn't make a difference, but would be interesting to see if it does.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 1:36 PM   #12
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That is an excellent idea, Carol-

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Old Jan 5, 2011, 2:25 PM   #13
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Yes- it was an excellent idea, Carol... I tried it with and without the filter, but really couldn't denote a difference. This should be a decent filter, I know a cheap one can introduce optical distortion.... I played a little more with the settings, as suggested, slight improvements... I know the lighting is poor here today- we're on the verge of rain... I do know that if I have handheld jitter in a shot, it is visible in the blown-up image... I had one image of the wire fence out my back door here at work, and I know my hand was trembling- even though bracing it against a door, and I could tell in the image... Handheld, seems to be kind of hit & miss.... most of the time I can get a fairly stable image... of course, I guess the way to see what the OIS is doing- would be to turn it off!
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Set the OIS to mode - 1, that way it will be on while you are framing your shot.
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Old Jan 6, 2011, 1:26 AM   #15
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I think those look pretty good. We can't expect miracles between the tiny sensor and the 14MP but so far the FZ40 seems ok imho.
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That's basically what I'm looking for... is- is this camera operating as it should be- or should I return it for another one?? I look at the photos posted here, and the sharpness/detail is amazing. I saw the ad for the Canon S30IS- where the guy is standing on a rooftop- and zooming in on a person standing on the street by a building 3 miles away, and my camera just doesn't seem to be doing these things!! If it's defective, I want to return it for one that is up to snuff, that's all!
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Wes, any camera with a fairly small sensor will have limitations on cloudy days. Try your camera on a bright sunny day and you wshould get results like the ones advertised.
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I would contact Amazon and get a replacement camera. They are very good about swapping out a defective camera. The FZ40 is a very good camera, and I think you should have one that works properly.

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Wes, any camera with a fairly small sensor will have limitations on cloudy days. Try your camera on a bright sunny day and you wshould get results like the ones advertised.
I think Saly has a good point. The photos you posted look they were shot on a cloudy day. Try some more in good lighting and post them. Also including the EXIF data can help.
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Old Jan 6, 2011, 11:30 AM   #20
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3 more pic's, these were handheld/shot from about 50 yards, sunny day, cropped portions from 100% shots.
Straight out of the camera, no processing whatsoever.
I actually got the camera from B&H, not Amazon- where I usually buy... but I'm sure B&H is just as good. If you folks think it should go back.
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