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is this what optical x24 should look like?

pablophotographer 6 924 331
30 Sep 2012 10:22PM

Hello friends.

I am a little bit uncertain about the images I get from the end of the optical zoom of my DMC-FZ45 Panasonic bridge camera (x24). It may be the settings that I have had during shooting the moon (handheld, since unfortunately it was not a planned shot) Does your optical zoom perform better? It is still under guarantee, should I send it back to be checked? The picture uploaded with the UV filter taken off. In the digital zoom it must have been my manual setting on time that created a totally crap pic due to camera shaking although the function was turned on automatic. Any suggestions? Settings 100 iso, manual focus to infinity, auto white balance, aperture f8

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Coffeyboy 12 16 Scotland
1 Oct 2012 1:09AM

I do not own this camera but the image looks out of focus rather than being a lens issue. Camera shake tends to produce linear streaks across an image.
From my own experience to get the moon in focus the lens must be focused slightly closer than infinity.

I suggest you do a controlled test shot in the daytime looking at an object with recognizable sharp features such as a distant clock face for example.
Also use a tripod, a remote (or self-timer), shoot wide open and use manual focus with digital zoom turned off.
In addition, have any lens stabilization turned off.

Good luck! Smile
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 6:33AM
I do not think, based on the picture, there is anything wrong with the camera Smile
If you used auto focus to focus, auto focus often needs more contrast than in this shot to focus accurate.
My money is on the camera AF failing to focus at the right distance due to a less than ideal AF subject, resulting in out of focus softness.
The remedy is manual focus.
Hand holding probably did not help either although, as already mentioned, no indication of a double image against the black of the sky suggests camera shake was not a main cause of the softness.
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
1 Oct 2012 9:11AM
Why have you started two threads on the same subject?
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
1 Oct 2012 10:48AM

Quote:Why have you started two threads on the same subject?

My guess is one of two reasons.....Grin

First may be down to the " Short " time lag between post one and post two, The OP may have thought the first post had failed, As they do not appear in the listing instantly.....!!!

Or maybe its a case of impatience....Smile

Err on the side of my first guess, Because I have seen the time lag between posting and appearing first hand......Wink

Maybe a note on the instructions would help those unfamiliar with these things, Something like " Allow 5 or 10 minutes for forum posts to appear in the listings " LOL.....To easy perhaps...!!!

Whatever, Shooting the moon hand held, Not a very bright idea, Just work out the distance from camera to subject, Then translate that into trajectory coordinates, Dial in the information supplied by " Len " and you have a recipe for failure.....Sad

If your going to do a job, Do it properly if you want to increase your chances of success.

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