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Old Jun 8, 2006, 1:44 AM   #1
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Ahhh, much better this time! A couple of changes from the first shots:
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  • Picture Adjustment NOISE REDUCTION = HIGH ==> I think this setting really made a huge difference interms of noise. The images were clean and yet, well saturated. The house shot was taken with the lens at the full range of the zoom and even though there was haze in the air, the image is full of detail. Matrix is indeed the best way to meter the light unless you are zooming in and all you care is what's in the very center of the image.
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Purple fringe is indeed a big problem (see branches all aroud thebird). Any suggestionsto how to minimize such a problem?

Here are some shots taken at a state park in San Mateo, CA.
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Old Jun 8, 2006, 12:51 PM   #6
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Purple fringe is indeed a big problem (see branches all aroud thebird). Any suggestionsto how to minimize such a problem?
Grumble %*&%$$#&.... this board has the worst quotes coding I have seen.

To answer your question.... see my reply in your other thread where I mentionned why I shoot in Aperture mode. To control the red fringing in high contrast subjects try using a small aperture.... f6.5 to f11 (?). I'm sure the FZ30 is similar enough to the FZ20 that that trick will work. You will loose the bokeh background but at least get a shot.


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Watch your shutter speeds if you use smaller apertures (higher f/stop numbers).

The photo of the bird was taken at f/2.8 and 1/80 second, zoomed in all the way.

If you had tried to take it at f/8, your shutter speeds would have been down to 1/10 second unless you increased ISO speed (f/2.8 is 8 times as bright as f/8 ).







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Thanks for the tip, Newsyl. Obviously I did not follow the advice you gave me on my previous posting.

Jim, you brought up an interesting point. To follow Newsly suggestion on the bird shot, I'd have to increase the ISO. I find the FZ20 to be noisy at ISO 80 so anything above that will probablydrive me up the wall as far as noise goes. So, I'm in a catch 22. Purple fringe vs. noise? I guess I can always use Neatimage to remove noise but there's very little I can do to fix purple fringing. I'll set the camera to Av somewhere between f5.6 and f8.0 (the FZ20 only goes up to f8.0) and see what results I get. Thanks for your comments/ suggestions! Cheers.
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f5.6 is the sweet spot for the fz 20..I had rather clean up a little noise they have the fringging.....

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I agree, willow. It's a lot easier to clean up noise. the question is, how is it to have f2.8 across the entire zoom range if we have to shoot at f5.6 and above? Good for real low light situations I suppose!
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