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    I took this a few days back using my fz5. It was high up on a tree, so i had to fully zoom.
    On the cam's LCD screen it look ok but once i went back home and cropped, the bird is blur. I had lots of difficulty focusing and took many picutres before i got a "okay" one. So is the blur because of the focusing or my handshake? Any ways to improve this?


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    since i dun see anywhere with a sharp point, i think it should be camera shake...
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    u need a tripod for such shots, i had the same experience till i went to invest in a good tripod

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    Pardon me, but I thought that was off-focus? I've tried to take a huge spider in-between the tree branches in one of the parks, and no matter how I zoom, the camera seems to be confused on where to focus on! Pity FZ5 does not have (real) manual focus.

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    hmm..

    could it because of the use of wrong apeture ???

    i am no expert but my 1st sight was like.. the little branches is more "sharp" than the bird..

    maybe i was wrong..

    for me, i sometime focus on the wrong object and then i take the pic..

    correct me pls..

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    Default Re: Off focus or hand shake?

    lools like out of focus to me.

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    me too.. seems like out of focus for me..
    but hey.. if your original file is big... you can use Unsharp mask in photoshop.. it could save such shots.
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    There is a chance of camera shake since you are shooting a 1/30s
    at 432mm max zoom even though FZ5 has OIS function.

    Try increasing your shutter speed to abt 1/100s and above see if that will help.

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    I would guess it is a combination of out of focus and hand shake, probably 80% out focus and 20% handshake.
    1. u probably press the shutter too early before the camera confirm focus lock (most digicam would have a LED light to show focus confirmed and locked)
    2. yr shutter speed maybe too slow and u hand holding the camera, tend to hand shake

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    You are shooting at only ISO 80 and full zoom will shutter speed of only 1/30. At full zoom 432mm or similar situations, when see such slow speed switch to shutter mode and set speed of at least 1/100. Your resulting photos may be dark/under but always can go back and ps.
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    Default Re: Off focus or hand shake?

    A generic fomula to calculate Shutter speed is 1 / focal lenght.

    But I seldom remember this fomula. Cos of the OIS.

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    It's a combination of both...


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    Ya.. At first i thought i was off focus. But then i realised the branches was also not very sharp. BTW, the light turn green before i pressed the shutter.

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    Up the ISO, use flash, and go nearer.
    Sure get a nice sharp birdie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhair78
    Up the ISO, use flash, and go nearer.
    Sure get a nice sharp birdie!
    fz5 up ISO too much will make pic become mark lee's face haha

    can i ask, that other than obvious improve in sharpness if u take at higher spd
    would it also results in lost of color quality???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dts_spawn
    Ya.. At first i thought i was off focus. But then i realised the branches was also not very sharp. BTW, the light turn green before i pressed the shutter.
    Maybe it's off focus, maybe it's hand shake... or maybe it's the camera's fault with its focusing . Taken from dpreview...

    "......In our extensive real-world testing we only found a few minor problems - the occasional focus error when shooting quickly at full zoom....... It should be noted, however, that the 'hit rate' is very high; I would guess only 1 in 100 shots had a problem serious enough to ruin the shot, and nearly all these were when shooting at the extreme long end of the zoom......"
    Last edited by tincup; 16th September 2005 at 04:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuse
    fz5 up ISO too much will make pic become mark lee's face haha

    can i ask, that other than obvious improve in sharpness if u take at higher spd
    would it also results in lost of color quality???
    I don't think colour will be affected by the shutter speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dts_spawn
    I don't think colour will be affected by the shutter speed.
    thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhair78
    Up the ISO, use flash, and go nearer.
    Sure get a nice sharp birdie!
    Go nearer? How to?
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    use spot metering..just saw yr exif u used multi-seg metering
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