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Old Oct 12, 2004, 11:54 AM   #1
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Seems like a lot of people complain about focusing with the FZ20. I have had no problems, even indoors. This is what I do. I use spot focus. I point at my subject and press the button half-way. I then recompose my picture if necessary. I then press the button the rest of the way. IS is on Mode 2. It works everytime and pretty quick. Anybody else have a way of doing things that works for them?
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Old Oct 12, 2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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Seems like a lot of people complain about focusing with the FZ20. I have had no problems, even indoors. This is what I do. I use spot focus. I point at my subject and press the button half-way. I then recompose my picture if necessary. I then press the button the rest of the way. IS is on Mode 2. It works everytime and pretty quick. Anybody else have a way of doing things that works for them?
You are doing it just right but you could also use the 1,3 or 9 point focus modes. Under some circumstances it can be helpfull to use the continuous auto focus. F.x. when catching birds in flight.
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Old Oct 12, 2004, 9:12 PM   #3
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Hi, I'm a newbie to this, what is a 1, 3 or 9 point mode?

How do I find it and how do I use it, also is there a way to turn the flash

down from being bright and washing everything out?

Thanks so much for all your information!

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Old Oct 13, 2004, 3:19 AM   #4
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Hi, I'm a newbie to this,
Me too :-)

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what is a 1, 3 or 9 point mode?
How do I find it and how do I use it,
It's just different modes of auto focus. The one point auto focus focuses in the middle of the display. The 3 and 9 point auto focus modes select up 3/9 focus points.

You can find the setting in the menu.

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I guess you can do that by pressing the up arrow 2 or 3 times and correcting the flash EV values.
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 9:26 AM   #5
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You can underexpose your flash. Hit the flash button to turn the flash on then press it again to activate EV exposure compensation. Using the arrows on the back of the camera you can adjust the flash compensation in 1/3 stops.
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Sometime using Spot Mode will focus faster as you are limited to the central spot for focus versus a larger area where the camera have to compensate for.
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Old Oct 15, 2004, 7:17 PM   #7
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keep in mind there is EV compensation, and EV flash compensation, you want the latter. I think you just hit the up key twice once the flash is on, and it will take you to the flash compensation. But why are your pictures too bright? My flash is usually right on the money w/o any sort of compensation, unless you are shooting with a lot of black behind the subject.
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Old Oct 18, 2004, 2:00 AM   #8
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Thank you ALL very much for the information, this has been very helpful!

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