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  1. #1
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    Question FZ30 macro

    While having this camera for over 6 months, and absolutley being in love with it, I am a newbie. Can someone please explain logically how to maximize the use of the macro setting. I like flowers and close up shots of nature and at the moment am only getting blurrs. I simply don't understand. Thank you in advance.

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    To be perfectly honest the macro setting on the FZ cameras, IMHO are not worth much....At full zoom you still need to be about 7 ft from the subject...You can get much closer at 135mm or less but Thats not exactly the way you want that to work.

    The addition of a macro lens goes a long way to fix that problem and while they are getting hard to find....it seems the Raynox 150 is still available.

    Myself I am not a very good macro photographer....bad eyes and shaky hands.....so I will leave those that are good ,give you more directions.
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    I found that the macro in my FZ15 was the best with the zoom wide open. I can focus as close as things that are touching the lens!
    With your zoom at wide angle, it's less prone to camera shake. Another thing that would make sharp macros is LIGHTING! You could use the flash, that is if the lens isn't so close that it blocks the light. Or I'd probably just wait for a brighter day to take the macros.
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    If you have not already tried this, set for spot focus and metering. I find this helps.
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    I thought that the FZ30 can get up to 5 centimeters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis9000
    I thought that the FZ30 can get up to 5 centimeters...

    That is correct at no zoom ...but at full zoom its about 2 meters.
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    Gene
    http://grc225.zenfolio.com/
    http://imageevent.com/grc6
    one of these days I'll understand!

    Panasonic FZ20 & FZ30,FZ18
    D50 -- D80

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