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Old Dec 10, 2004, 12:10 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and I have a question concerning my new FZ20. This is not a problem, far from it.

I've noticed that I can focus much closer to a subject at wide anglethan the manual specifies and still get great pictures. The manual states 30cm in Normal mode 5cm in Macro mode. I can get as close as 5cm in Normal mode and 2cm in Macro mode without any problems. Anyone noticed this with their camera, just wondering, is this an error in the manual or what.

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Old Dec 12, 2004, 12:59 AM   #2
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Just tested my camera & 2cm & 5cm seem to be about right.
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Old Dec 12, 2004, 4:46 PM   #3
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Hi, Jimr503

Thanks for your reply and taking the time to confirm the macro capabilities.
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Old Dec 12, 2004, 6:20 PM   #4
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In manual focus, I don't even have to switch to macro mode for a 2cm sharp focus. I have a preference for MF in macro shots. I just stumbled over something: If i'me taking a macro photo of subject with a large surface, the large lens is blocking all the light...:?Anybody have that problem too? Any way to deal with that?

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See http://www.ishots.net/fz1-2faq/fz1macros.htm Info pertains to all fz series cameras.
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Old Dec 14, 2004, 12:02 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tip on using manual focus at 2cm. Works great.

I think the only way to get rid of the shadow from the lens is to provide lighting from the side , between the lens and the object either with a light (I tried this with a bulb and it works pretty good) or a slave/ring flash, or better still use a closeup lens and shoot at full tele. see post above.:shock:

Note: you can also use a mirror to reflect the light, especially if youre shootingoutside.

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