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Old Jun 7, 2011, 8:25 PM   #11
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Thanks for elaborating, Square One.
Rather pointless settings if that's all they do.
I'm too new to digital photography to know what hidden settings can be affected by other settings.
One thing that can't be said about the FZ45 or FZ100 is that they lack adjustments.
It is rather laughable that Panasonic engineers thought to add settings solely to eliminate vignetting, but forgot to include a reminder to raise the flash.
The same engineering group must have had the final say on the battery door placement
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 8:29 PM   #12
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Hi Square One & Dabbler,

Both of you guys' advices were pretty helpful to me. If I research myself, it would a take longer time to find the results. Here are some improved images after I forum-ed with you guys. Always welcome y'all valuable ideas & experiences.

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After" I did opened a bit more exposure than before. EST 250-300FT AWAY.
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 8:38 PM   #13
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Old Jun 7, 2011, 9:48 PM   #14
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Hi Y'all,

Trying to test the FZ40 with B300 and luckily got some moon shots & expensive new tablet commercial at noon. Please view and comment for future improvement.

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"Couldn't see 5 jets with human eyes, hand held full zoom with on camera FZ40"
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Much nicer than the previous shots.
I have to say that your hand held shots are pretty steady.
Glad to have been able to help.
Some of the settings I suggested were from advice by LTZ470--who is the guru of the FZ40 and the FZ100, IMHO.
Other settings were garnered by reading photography books, especially the ones by Scott Kelby.
If people didn't share what works for them and what doesn't, then I sure wouldn't want to participate in the forum.
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Well said Dabbler, there are folks here that will help all they can. LTZ470, Clint501 and Saly are masters to surely follow

@ Jeff, see what a little sunshine can do to your photo's, good series

#2 is pin sharp and sparkles

What's with the upside down sky writing? I know you did not post the image inverted.

Was the first 'moon' at full zoom?
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Hi Dabbler & Square One,

These are the greatest comments from this forum. I greatly appreciate it. Now, I have some combination setting of light, focus, shutter, exposure and distance etc...on FZ40.

@Square One, "Yes" you're right about the little sunshine that can provide a very clear image.
It was "www.whoistabco.com". While I was using a tripod w/B300 shooting the moon, smoke appeared in the sky. I quickly got the camera off from the tripod and shot by hand. The five jets that smoked the words can only be seen with full zoom on the camera, but not with the naked eye.
The two moon shots were not in full zoom. It was windy so I couldn't focus in full zoom even with the tripod.

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G'dau UJ

Your images seem 'pretty normal' for that sort of lens combo, tho lacking a bit in contrast - probably from the weather

Popping into photoshop elements and doing a small 'Levels" tweak gives...


Maybe this is what you would like every time - if so, bright daylight shooting &/or some minor tweaking in pp may help

Hope this helps a bit...
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Hello Phil,

Thanks for the feedback. I got couple of shots today with FZ40 on camera micro zoom. Please view!!!

Thank Y'all,

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Good close-ups Jeff.

I think everyone on here has pictures that have not turned out the way they expected due to not so good lighting.... a little extra sunshine and the FZ series can produce great images such as your close-ups. Don't tell 'BackyardPermaculture'...... He can make night time shoots that are just excellent
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