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Old Mar 24, 2011, 12:43 PM   #11
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Roger All I want to try with the test shots is to see if we take out all the variables will the camera take a clean, sharp image. Just a reminder, make sure you depress the shutter release halfway down and give the camera time to lock focus before completely finishing the shutter release.

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I did get out yesterday to make some test shots. I did multiple test shots, and will post one here.

I did do a master reset, as suggested. Yes, p. 35 is the right place in the instruction manual. Thanks for that tip.

I chose a tree, with much texture, and with reasonable light. I put the camera on a tripod, set the resolution to 12mp, made no changes on exposure with P mode. I did use the 10 second timer, and made sure I was depressing the shutter button half way for a moment (until the beep), and then fully depressing.

I'm not sure much was learned here. I shot a zero zoom, than made successive change, until the full 18X was realized four shots later. Frankly, I believe the fully zoomed shots are the best for sharpness. There is no consideration on these with composition or exposure -- that was not the point.

I did another tree that seemed to indicate likewise -- not too pleased with zero zoom, but the 18X was good.

I will post five shots here of the tree study. I did try to use Picasa to lift out the detailed image from the zero zoom, that was similar to the 18X zoom. However, the pixel count was small, leaving a small image.

I'm going to try to post in full pixel count. Perhaps the Forum software will not allow such large images to be posted. If not, I will have to take another step to reduce the pixel count.

Many thanks to Marilyn for the Picasa web album link. I studied all these images. Some of the nomenclature does not match with the FZ35 terms. I'm unsure about "gain control" and "exposure mode." I did see that most of your images had saturation, contrast, and sharpness set to 2.

This morning, I made those settings, and went out (good sunlight today!) and did some shots of inanimate objects at close range (leaf, fence post). These shots were, in my opinion, good. I will post them in another message. I also tried using zoom, and AF Zoom in one of them, with good results. I saw the cat pictures were done this way, at least with some (maybe full?) zoom. The outcome was favorable.

I then returned to my real project, daffodils. I tried these settings on the daffodils, with favorable outcomes. I will let others make their own assessments. Five of these shots are in another message.

I think I have answered my question, at least to some extent. I do not believe I have a bad camera, rather I'm just not using it properly (undoubtedly no surprise to the regular posters here). It just appears that I need to take a different path than with my former camera to achieve similar results.

I still would like to do a one-on-one with another camera working along side.

First set of test shots follows:

[Well, not so much! I will have to resize them for uploading. Upload did not work. Go to next post.]
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The first set of sequences:
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The second set -- leaf and fence post.
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And, the third set -- daffodils.
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Roger - I guess I forgot to tell you to start at a high zoom and move up on the stationary test. I took a couple of the shots and cropped and had a look. I think your camera is fine. I think all the shots you posted look good. Now just practice a little more I think you will be very happy with the results. Looking forward to future posts. Now go have some fun.

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Roger, I had the same feeling about my FZ45. Most of my shots had been taken in doors due to weather etc.

When I did manage to get out, I also was not happy, but the sky was so grey that outdoor shots were washed out. I also did a factory reset and think it made some differance.

Today a little sunshine and I think my pictures look better
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