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Old Jul 21, 2014, 5:44 PM   #31
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G'day John

By your ref to 'the barrel' I presume you're meaning this little fella ...

Okay - the little 'flower' setting on the upper command dial activates close-focussing abilities via the scenes menu ~ and I do not have any info as to in-camera settings that might be brought into play via this setting

I have always used the 'barrel' AF-macro switch, which allows focussing closer than the normal AF mode [stopping at about 1/2-metre]

Using the camera in this mode does several things - but the main one is that as you zoom out, the closest focus distance moves out as well

Guessing a bit here ...
1x close focus is 5cm / 2"
10x focus is 900cm / 36"
20x focus is 1200cm / 48"

What it does mean is that you [we] can get great closeups of flowers, insects & small animals at 20x zoom [500mm lens equivalent] some 1,2m from the subject without having to go to lots of trouble

But - because the macro close-focus distance moves during zooming is also its downfall, so comes the advantage of the close up lens to do the close focussing for us. With such a lens in use, and using 'normal zoom' we can position ourselves 1/3m [+3 lens] or 1/2m [+2 lens] from a subject and then use all the zoom range to pull in the subject in the usual way

Hope this helps
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Old Jul 21, 2014, 7:13 PM   #32
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Hi Phil,
OK. Well, I've been assuming all along that we're discussing the macro setting on the circular dial. I did realize that there's a difference between the two, but have never been quite sure what it is. I'm going to have to explore what you've said, and see how it applies.
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