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Old May 31, 2011, 2:53 AM   #11
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Here's my quick test on light painting using starry scene mode suggested by Dabbler. Thanks by the way! What do you think?
I also tried using Mick's suggestion of manual mode but it didn't work out, I need help on this setting on FZ40.

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Old May 31, 2011, 7:09 AM   #12
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G'day all

just a qwikkie here - can someone help me with a bit of info before I do the startrails item
Q- can the FZ40/45/100 do "burst-continuous"
my older FZ's can - tho the FZ35 only does 3 images then stops

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Old May 31, 2011, 3:04 PM   #13
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Hi Phil,

Yes, FZ40 can. I can't wait to see your detail startrails precessing.
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The fz40 cannot do continuous burst - it can only do a burst of 3 shots in full resolution, although it can do up to 100 in (very) low resolution in the high-speed burst mode. But I think those modes only allow high shutter speeds - not too sure that you could do star trail work with it.

I bought a second-hand Canon Powershot A550 and put CHDK firmware on it, largely to be able to muck around with Star Trails. That lets me turn off dark-frame NR and do it manually, and essentially shoot continuous long exposures with very little delay between them.

When I take a 60-second exposure with the fz40, it then takes 60 seconds to "process". This suggests to me it's doing dark-frame subtraction, which would make it pretty awkward to do e.g. a 45 minute set - I think you'd get dotted trails
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Old May 31, 2011, 9:54 PM   #15
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The FZ100 has different burst modes at 2FPS and 5FPS you can record 100 consecutive shots at full resolution. At 11 FPS you can take up to 15 consecutive pictures at full resolution.
For 40 and 60 FPS, pictures are are 5MP or less and will record 50 and 60 pictures.

The FZ40 bursts are just as BackyardPermaculture described them.
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By the way UJ, that light painting experiment looks the goods - looking forward to seeing some creative pictures
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Thanks Mick, will try get some creative pictures like you said. I still need help in M mode setting up 60 sec. exposure on FZ40.
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UJ, it's not really very difficult.
Set the dial to M, then adjust the aperture and exposure time via the thumbwheel on the back of the camera.
Pushing the thumbwheel alternates between aperture and shutter speed, while rotating the wheel adjusts the setting.
Look at pages 81 and 82 in the manual for more details if needed.
Your first attempts look very good, except for the LEDs on the electronics in the background adding a bit of light where you don't want it.
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Thanks for your direction to manual book references. I'd like to view some of your images and get some ideas also.
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G'day fellas

Just a qwikkie - this is the screen from the FZ28
what I'm asking is whether the FZ40 or the FZ100 has this option available?????


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