FZ20 pics using 9-area-focusing - Architecture series


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LifeWorld

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Tried the 9-area-focusing. Results not bad leh!

All pics cropped to 3:2 size. No post processing!
Camera set to:
P mode
Multi Segment metering
9-area-focusing
UV and CP filter

Capital Tower


Singapore White House


Tanjong Pagar MRT entrance


Old Methodist Church
 

gernie

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is auto 9-area-focusing??? no manual selection right??

'multiple' metering .... very slow compare to spot metering???
 

rainman

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Hi I'm thinking of buying FZ20 also...

care to show some pics on ISO200 and ISO400 and do a 100% cropped?
:)
BTW I can't relate ur 9 area focusing with the pics u had shown..care to explain? :)
 

spiderman

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club_de_oldman said:
Bro, what is 9 area focusing :dunno:
In general, multiple metering focusing is the view is segmented into nine area, like drawing "#" (but not italic) on the view. So it results a 9-area focusing and the picture will turn out the average focusing of the 9-area. For Spot focusing, it is generally focusing on the CENTER of the view. So the result is mainly focused with the center of pic, and the rest of the pic is not so much focused as the center. But bear in mind, this is not blur background like in the Portrait mode.

Multiple focusing in general is quite good in most general shots. But if you want to "highlight" or emphasize something, Spot Metering is a better choice for such situation. Sometimes Spot Metering(or call Spot Focusing) is good when taking pics in dark places for e.g. stage show in the theatre, concert in indoor stadium....etc. Cos if you use the Multiple Metering, the result of the pic might be darken due to the surrounding darkness of the stage, concert hall ...etc. But again, different camera behaves differently. So nothing is concrete. You have to do many trials and errors to get familiarize with your camera to get the best out of it.

As for speed, I am not too sure cos I have not got my FZ20 yet. But I don't believe that there is a big difference in speed.
 

LifeWorld

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genie,
With 9-area-focusing, the camera auto picks the subject/s to focus. It displays one or two of these areas, and calculates the best focus point. With this, you do not need to move your camera. This is unlike spot focus where you point at the subject to focus, half-press shutter, and move camera to fame your pic. And yes, the speed of multiple metering and 9-area-focusing is pretty fast. Or should I say very fast. Speed differences are not noticeable between multiple and spot metering. The VE2 works very well. Very happy with it!

rainman,
Have you read the popular reveiw yet. Here are the sample pics posted by the reviewer. Help yourself to the cropping.......
FZ20
more pics

As for my pics, I used multiple metering for 'even' exposure. Notice the first pic, it was a bright sunny day. I wanted to be able to expose the lower part of the building; the 'shadow' part below the semi-circular platform. The multiple metering works in this sense. In fact the whole pic was easily well exposed by the camera!
I also wanted the whole building to be evenly focused, instead of only either the top or bottom is focused. So I used 9-area-focusing and let the camera calculate the best focus point.

Another example is the 'Corridor' pic. Same idea with it. It's well exposed isn't it?

Lastly, I find 'exposing and focusing' these pics were rather easy when using the multiple metering and 9-area-focusing features. All these shots were done once only. No need re-shot to select a good pic!!!

:thumbsup:
 

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