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Old Jan 20, 2006, 10:35 AM   #1
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Can somebody please recommend a good digital photography book, that explains the major functions and how to take great pictures? I recently recieved my new FZ-30, and now trying to learn to use it. Some photos look great, but when I go to full zoom, they are often blurry. Guess I shake to much, or OIS is not working properly. Do I need to use tripod on full zoom. Also, with 2x converter, I can not bring anything in to sharp focus at full zoom.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Old Jan 20, 2006, 10:43 AM   #2
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take a look here
http://www.shortcourses.com/using/ca...s/chapter1.htm

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Old Jan 20, 2006, 2:07 PM   #3
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Bayourebel, Sounds like your standing too close to whatever your trying to take a picture of ! At full, (12x) telephoto you should be no closer than approx. 7 feet. I would turn off the digital zoom and set your IS to Mode 2 and try again at least 7' from your subject and see if you can now focus. Keep in mind if your inside you need adaquate light also. Jim
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I think that it was probably the low light conditions, because this afternoon I was able to get a few shots that I was more pleased with. In the auto mode, it is not nearly as clear as when I use the aperture mode and use a lower f stop.

Thanks for replying. I am enjoying the camera, but still have a lot to learn.

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Old Jan 20, 2006, 10:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for the great website, I have been looking at it and have it bookmarked.

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Old Jan 21, 2006, 7:07 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. I am new too but here you (and I) can find very good stuff.
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 4:41 AM   #7
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I work in a large public library service so get to see lots of new books and magazines as they come through the system.

We hold around 150 books on digital photography and the best one I have read is:

PC magazine guide to Digital Photography. by Daniel Grotta

Around 400 pages long this is a great overview of the whole subject. Our copy is published 2004, so look out for an updated edition.
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I would not try that teleconverter until you are sure you know how to use the camera.....There is only one good 2X lens that I am aware of so its most likely not helping you focus......The Raynox 2020pro is the best 2X lens and you need to be about 20 ft from the subject for it to focus.

If you feel the need for a teleconverter look at the Tcon17, while there are others that work and a couple that may be better, the Tcon17 is a very good lens for the money.



Here is a pretty good photography site

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/
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Two very good websites to check for the basics in photography in addition to luminous landscapes is the articles section on http://www.megapixel.net/html/cover.php and www.photo.net/learn.

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