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Old Aug 2, 2011, 7:14 PM   #1
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Default Unclear about using AE/AF settings.

I have had my FZ35 for quite a while and I love it. Still discovering and learning new features.

I normally use point focus and point exposure. Sometimes it is preferred to set the exposure by pointing at something other than the subject. And then moving the camera to point at and focus on the subject.

I'm trying to find a way to do the above and then have the camera focus after I point it at the subject.

Anyone know if this can be done and how to do it.

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Old Aug 2, 2011, 8:07 PM   #2
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You can use the AE/AF mode to do this. BUT that setting only works in Auto ISO mode and you can't select your own ISO value.
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How about if I pointed at the subject and pressed Focus. Then pointed at the point where I wanted to set exposure and pressed half way down. Then back to the subject?
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I think that only freezes the focus not exposure. I think you can only fix the exposure in AE/AF mode.
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That's what the AF/AE lock button is there for.

Keep your camera in A mode. Press Menu (centre button on your four way button). Go to the spanner button (tweak seeting, or setting or something like that)

Keep going down the menu till you find an option that says AF/AE lock button. Go there and select AE lock only.

Now the 'not target' you mentioned, point your camera there and keep the shutter button half pressed (the way you do to kick in the AF). Once it lock (turns green) press the AF/AE lock button. You will see a AE-Lock on your screen now.

Now your camera has made a decision regarding the exposure and won't change it. Next up, when you point at your subject and press the shutter release button half way, it will keep the exposure settings of your 'not subject' and focus on your subject.

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That's what the AF/AE lock button is there for.

Keep your camera in A mode. Press Menu (centre button on your four way button). Go to the spanner button (tweak seeting, or setting or something like that)

Keep going down the menu till you find an option that says AF/AE lock button. Go there and select AE lock only.

Now the 'not target' you mentioned, point your camera there and keep the shutter button half pressed (the way you do to kick in the AF). Once it lock (turns green) press the AF/AE lock button. You will see a AE-Lock on your screen now.

Now your camera has made a decision regarding the exposure and won't change it. Next up, when you point at your subject and press the shutter release button half way, it will keep the exposure settings of your 'not subject' and focus on your subject.

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Except, as I wrote earlier, I think this only works in Auto ISO mode, and you can't select your ISO value, so it's like shooting in iA mode.
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Na na. It works in aperture priority pretty fine. I had the same issue when i had gotten mine. Go to the menus you'll see. I dunno if it's a thing with the 35, 40 supports it
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Here I'm attaching some (pathetic :P) pictures of the setting place and the camera

Here the camera is in AP mode.

#1: Here is how you change the Lock settings. (after pressing menu/set)

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#2: You point at something and press the AF/AE Lock Button. The AE-L appears showing only exposure has been locked

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G'day all

Hassan is 100% on the button here [pun intended]
It can be used in any P-A-S-M mode, and is a system that I use daily to select an exposure before moving the camera sideways to take the image [well done xH]

I use it for multi-image panoramas ... I sweep sideways to make sure that I am covering the territory for the pano, take a meter reading 'somewhere' and press the AE-Lock button, move the camera to the extreme left and, moving across to the right side, shoot 6-8-10-12 images with the pano.

AE-Lock on the FZ works a dream - not like the Pentax I also have where it consistently fails to lock and I have to go into full-manual mode to do panos ... but that is another matter

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OK....my Advanced User Manual says it only works in Auto ISO....so I never tried it. Maybe this only applies if I use the AF/AE button on the top rather than the menu?????
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