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Old May 4, 2006, 5:51 PM   #1
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I took my FZ30 out to the front of the house today
Very sunny day.. i put the AF MACRO on
with a 1x zoom (zoomed all the way out)

and everytime i pushed the button down half way
it would give me a RED outline not a green
and it would not focus

I tried with the +4 and +10

but it kept giving me the red outline saying something is wrong

I dont understand what to do .. yesterday during the same time of day (sunny)
I was getting some nice shots with macro and it would always focus good..

I thought it was becuase I played with the settings so I reset them all back to factory defaults

Any advice? Thanks- Daniel

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Old May 4, 2006, 8:31 PM   #2
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You were just lucky yesterday. IMHO that macro AF is for use with no add on closeup lens.

Try this... put on the +4 lens and set the focus switch on Manual. .

Now move the camera toward and further away from the subject , and watch it come into focus , at full zoom that will be about 12" from the subject.

I am terrible at taking macros ...so that may not be the only way to do it ,but it will work.
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Old May 4, 2006, 9:50 PM   #3
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thts really weird. i too run a +4 macro and i can get real close but have never had focus issues. Maybe the sun is glaring on the front of the filter messing with the af.

Try standing on a differnet angle and try again

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Old May 5, 2006, 2:51 AM   #4
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Never used auto focus for macro, ever. Try the suggestion there from Gene. Exactly how I go about it as well. I use the EVF and rotate the focus ring so that it magnifies the centre of the image to check focus first.

All the best and good luck. Oh BTW, I use the FZ10 but doubt there is much difference in technique.

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Old May 5, 2006, 9:24 AM   #5
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When i use the manual focus

i can zoom in and out on the .. lets say FLower im trying to take a picture of
and I move the focus ring and i see it go from blurry to better.. but even when i turn it
it never is a clear focus.. it gets better but it is still blurry

ugh
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Old May 5, 2006, 4:17 PM   #6
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Just a quick thought, although it might not explain why you get the red out of focus signals, have you knocked the diopter adjuster on the viewfinder? I did today by accident and couldnt understand why I couldnt get a sharp image in the viewfinder until I thought about it! Maybe I was having a "moment" but its worth checking out I think

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Old May 5, 2006, 7:13 PM   #7
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Please pay attention.....with a +4 lens the DOF is about 3/4 of an inch way too shallow for AF to work very well.

Move the camera back and forth.



You might want to read this thread

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=18312776
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