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Old Feb 11, 2005, 9:22 PM   #1
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So I finally got my new FZ15 out to shoot something other than a towel...

The sunset and moon from the the top of lot6 by the Comcast Center at University of MD College Park

The sunset ended up being a bit dull (the one yesterday was soooo killer but I didn't have the camera with me)

I mostly played around settings for the moon, because I've never had so much focal lenght before! :G I will try again when it is full I think.
So, I found that I had to go to at least F5 before the red boarder around the moons edge faded. I also discovered that iso 200 was quite good! I didn't even try 400 at the time because I was expecting it would be unusable, but next time I'll try. I was prefocusing with the slider before taking the shots (handheld through my car window)

Here is the best sunset one :yawn:
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 9:24 PM   #2
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The top is iso64 f5.6 1/30 second

The bottom is iso200 f5.2 1/50 sec

the top is a little blue because the sky still was when I started (note to self, next time be patient :? )

100% crops btw
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Old Feb 11, 2005, 9:28 PM   #3
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Nice sunset colors!
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Old Feb 12, 2005, 2:43 PM   #4
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Quick question, would there actually be a repeatable and significant improvement in sharpness if I turned off IS and used a tripod?
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I don't think so because the stabilizer is optical and not digital. But I've never heard anything of less quality with stabilizers... al the most expansive canon lensen have IS so I don't think so.. but if there is any.. I'd like to know :G
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Quick question, would there actually be a repeatable and significant improvement in sharpness if I turned off IS and used a tripod?
According to several reviews of the FZ20 (so I'm guessing the FZ15 would be the same) it was suggested that when you use the camera on a tripod you should turn the OIS off. For whatever reason it seems to fight with itself or gets confused. Besides if you are on a tripod you don't really need the OIS anyway. From my own experience it seemed that the pictures I took of the moon were sharper when I turned the OIS off. The next time you shoot moon shots try it both ways and see if you think it makes a difference.

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Old Feb 16, 2005, 9:57 PM   #7
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Well I sure wouldn't know the top was hand held OIS on, bottom was ois off on a tripod.

It was a little hazy out as you can see around the moon

both were iso100 f7.3 1/80 sec 100% crops unmodified
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 10:12 PM   #8
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Hehe, I also never realized the :? lighting on the road. Would be a nice pic except for the car in the distance and the frame is clipped by the parking garage ledge (steadied camera on for the long exposure)
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