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Old Sep 9, 2011, 8:13 AM   #1
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Dear all,

Need your comments for my photo with full optical zoom of my FZ 40.
Why does the photo seems like hazy ? Is it just the lens quality of FZ 40 in fully zoom or because I use fully zoom with activated extended zoom ?
I use the Pro Tama UV filter for the lens.

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Old Sep 9, 2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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This is a common problem with cheaper long zoom lenses, they lack the optical coatings to reduce/stop lens flare. Think a good lens with this focal range, would cost two to three times what your whole camera did.

Also get rid of that UV filter you don't need it also can cause flare, reduction in resolution, and reduced image quality.
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Old Sep 9, 2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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Hi Steve

Thanks for your comment.
If I see another photo in this forum with the same telephoto and it seems beautiful, are they do some post process with Photoshop or something to do that ?

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Old Sep 10, 2011, 11:36 AM   #4
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I agree with not using the filter. Also, what settings are you using? I'm amazed at the quality of images this camera is capable of.
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 2:05 PM   #5
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Every time extended zoom is used, resolution is lost. The haze you see is common on photos taken with real long zoom but you can easily improve IQ in software (even the very basic ones such as Picasa - used here) by simply increasing contrast.
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Old Sep 13, 2011, 6:28 PM   #6
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G'day satrio

I will disagree with the other comments above [tho they are good responses]
Your image is a perfectly good image but it is overexposed

In your image, the camera has "read" the dark shadows and added extra exposure to show detail inside the shadows, thus making the fruit hanging down become overexposed

The simplest way of fixing this -in camera- is to underexpose, maybe by -1EV
You can do this from time to time by pre-setting your AEB controls, and when something like this comes along, just activate the AEB controls

I suggest that you preset your AEB to +/- 2/3EV, then shoot the 3 exposures of the AEB cycle and choose the best image of the 3 that suit your purposes

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I would agree with Ozzie here and with you on the contrast thing.

But yeah the thing is actually over exposed. Whatever haze left after that can be pp'd to fix later on.

I have no experience with filers whatsoever, but I know one thing that EZ blows your pictures
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I also agree with Ozzie and xHassan, the extended zoom degrades the image

The lens on the FZ40/45 is far from being poor, given bright lighting conditions it can and does produce stunning images.
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I also agree with Ozzie and xHassan, the extended zoom degrades the image

The lens on the FZ40/45 is far from being poor, given bright lighting conditions it can and does produce stunning images.

Agreed, on all points! I never used the extended zoom.
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Not knocking the lens, its probably the best thing Panasonic has going for them. But no argument lens flare is present, in spite of some degree of overexposure.

Also the ISO used here was 200, F stop was 5.6, shutter was 1/40. I would rather ISO 100, F stop 4, and using AV instead of Auto. That would get rid of some of the noise, and some exposure compensation say at least -2/3 stop or more would have been nice.

The haze can be eliminated with the use of unsharp mask; settings used would be for Local Contrast enhancement. Amount: about 30 or so, Threshold: 0, Radius: 50.

And, I think I would have either spot-metered on the pears, or really to have waited on better light.
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