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ronin11
07-09-2006, 02:38 AM
hi all :) im new to the whole semi decent digital camera world.. and recently purchased a new FZ30. was going to go DSLR but bit too much $$$ and i bibnt want the hassle of multiple lenses all the time.. heres my predicament.

im comig from a REAL point and shoot camera(olypmus mju300).. in early september we have the motoGP(motorbike race about the same speeds as an F1 car) and im really looking forward to being able to take some decent pics for a change.. what im wondering is, coming from a point and shoot where you aim and fire.. im not really sure what sort of settings to use when i go to the bikes this year.. theres alot of variables i know, like weather etc. and ill have to adjust for them on the day, but i need somewhere to start. autofocus is a no go.. its way too slow so ill be using manual focus, and obviously ill need a faster shutter sped unless i can track the bikes well enough, but i doubt it..

any hints onthe settings, and taking the pics would be greatly appreciated. thanks people :Db

John_Reed
07-09-2006, 01:24 PM
hi all :) im new to the whole semi decent digital camera world.. and recently purchased a new FZ30. was going to go DSLR but bit too much $$$ and i bibnt want the hassle of multiple lenses all the time.. heres my predicament.

im comig from a REAL point and shoot camera(olypmus mju300).. in early september we have the motoGP(motorbike race about the same speeds as an F1 car) and im really looking forward to being able to take some decent pics for a change.. what im wondering is, coming from a point and shoot where you aim and fire.. im not really sure what sort of settings to use when i go to the bikes this year.. theres alot of variables i know, like weather etc. and ill have to adjust for them on the day, but i need somewhere to start. autofocus is a no go.. its way too slow so ill be using manual focus, and obviously ill need a faster shutter sped unless i can track the bikes well enough, but i doubt it..

any hints onthe settings, and taking the pics would be greatly appreciated. thanks people :Db
You should look into outfitting your FZ30 with a Red Dot Sight, geared especially for the purpose of tracking & shooting fast-moving objects at a long distance. Like Ducks, for example?
http://John-Reed.smugmug.com/photos/45448696-O.jpg
A Shore Bird, whose name I can't remember:
http://John-Reed.smugmug.com/photos/61532759-M.jpg
Here's a shot of my FZ30 with a BSA 30mm Red Dot Sight mounted atop a Photosolve "Xtenda-Sight" adapter.
http://John-Reed.smugmug.com/photos/42377949-M.jpg
Go to Photosolve's site (http://www.photosolve.com) to learn more about the technique, which works very well. I use my FZ30 with AF mode "H" to use the scheme, and as the RDS acts as a surrogate for the EVF, I don't have to worry about "screen freeze" when tracking my distant subjects.

ronin11
07-10-2006, 04:47 AM
hi. thanks for the reply. birds in flight would be similar type of photography ill be doing. im looking into red dot sight, currently there is some guy on ebay selling a setup for something like $AU56 that fits into the shoe.. but ive noticed that most of these setups are actually using handgun sights, here in aus we have very stringent firearms laws, and ive got to make sure im not going to cop a firearms charge if i use one.

thanks for the link to the site. no doubt it will come in very handy. greatly apreciated.

BTW. great pics. its encouraging to see some of the pics people are turning out with the FZ.. gives me something to aspire to.

joolm
07-18-2006, 12:36 AM
john, great shots. anyway, you might want to experiment with shutter speed. faster shutter, the darker it gets... or something to that effect... anyway, experiment first. if it does not do what you need, john's solution is top notch.