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Old Jul 18, 2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Hi,
I've been playing with my (new) FZ-150, trying to get a close up of a dragon fly. I was trying from a distance of about 2 feet, and was not able to get focus. If I stood back a foot, the camera focussed fine. I tried every setting I could think of, but no focus at 2 feet. What am I missing here?
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 1:55 PM   #2
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My FZ28 has a midpoint between close focus and telephoto where I would have to move closer with less zoom or back for more zoom somewhere in the 2 to 3 foot range.

I think the distance is displayed on the zoom scale as you activate the zoom.

If I activated the macro/close-up function, it would change, but I think there was still a point where it couldn't focus using a specific amount of zoom. I had to move either closer or farther away.

There was a sort of "gap" between close-focus and telephoto that I had to be aware of somewhere in the 18" to 36" area.

It sounds like the FZ150 is similar.
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 5:17 PM   #3
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G'day mate

Every superzoom that offers 'macro' options behaves in the same way ... in that the more you zoom, the more the camera-to-subject distance increases

Let's invent [cos I don't know the exact distance numbers for your camera]...
So - while on 1x to 3x zoom may focus down to 'real close' once you zoom to 10x the focus point moves out to 75cm / 30" and once you zoom to 18x the focus point moves out to 1,5m / 60"

This is why most serious superzoom - closeup people buy the adapter tube and a closeup lens like the LC55 because the closeup lens locks the focus at 1/2metre - 20inches and you still have full use of the zoom lens at your disposal to zoom onto very small subjects.

ps- Have a look at today's posting by Saly
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...150-shots.html

Hope this helps a bit
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 5:36 PM   #4
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Shinnen- on the left side of the lens barrel is an AF switch.
Move it to the central position for macro.
This will allow you to focus closer to your subject, though bear in mind if you use some zoom,you also reduce how close you can physically get to your subject.
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I had the same problem and put it out on the Panasonic forum. Use full zoom with macro. Read it here http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...acro-mode.html. It really works.
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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Hi pboerger,
I couldn't seem to get that to work.
Did it work for you?
..... john
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 11:38 AM   #7
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Hi Simon/Phil,
Yes. I do like the ability to zoom in at long distances in macro, although there is a limit. It's a considerable improvement over the Macro/Super Macro functions of my old S5.
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Old Jul 31, 2013, 7:59 PM   #8
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Hi,
I'm still not getting this thing right. I've taken some nice macros from way back..... say a couple of feet ++, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how to get the lens close to the subject and get a clear image. What am I missing here?
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Old Aug 1, 2013, 5:43 PM   #9
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I'm not sure what you're doing wrong- but here's a demo- in simple mode.
I stuck my FZ150 in iA, placed it close to a cup and put the self timer on...
I didn't even select the Macro AF on the lens barrel..!

Pic 1 is the set up,
Pic 2 is the shot taken- and pic 3 is a crop showing the detail- and note also the ability for the AF to work even in low light..!
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G'day John

I'm not sure if I am understanding your confusion - if the text below helps then 'good' - if not keep asking Simon

In my experience when using my superzoom camera, as I increase the amount of zoom to get a larger image, the camera-to-subject distance also increases. It cannot be altered ... it's one of those things with the optics of the lens. The camera-to-subject distance increases to about 2metres when I am at maximum zoom

Here's a sketch as to how I understand it ...


I make no pretence at scientific accuracy - just the concept of focus-distance vs amount of zoom


Does this help at all?
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