Focusing problem here

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ms. Jaime, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. Ms. Jaime

    Ms. Jaime Guest

    Here is a pic I took last night of my hamster. It came out quite fuzzy
    and out of focus as he was moving around a lot. I had the camera in
    sports mode as he was pretty active at the time but would I have been
    better off using macro for such close up shots of him?

    I'm interested in your thoughts.


    "This, is an ex-parrot"
    Ms. Jaime, Sep 13, 2003
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  2. Ms. Jaime

    Zol. Guest

    Looks like it may have been too close for your macro mode, the keyboard is
    almost in focus - otherwise it would be a great pic ... Zol.

    p.s. check your camera manual for the distance of focusing when using the
    macro - it may help you (Z)
    Zol., Sep 13, 2003
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  3. Ms. Jaime

    Todd Walker Guest

    You were way too close to get a good focus. Macro mode might have helped
    but even then it still may have been too close.

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    Todd Walker, Sep 13, 2003
  4. Ms. Jaime

    Ms. Jaime Guest

    I believe I mentioned that I was *NOT* in macro mode.


    "This, is an ex-parrot"
    Ms. Jaime, Sep 13, 2003
  5. Ms. Jaime

    Ms. Jaime Guest

    Still worth trying though. I'll do that tonight.


    "This, is an ex-parrot"
    Ms. Jaime, Sep 13, 2003
  6. Ms. Jaime

    Ms. Jaime Guest

    No he just kept moving around a lot and I tried to follow him with the
    camera. I'm going to give macro a try later and see what I get.


    "This, is an ex-parrot"
    Ms. Jaime, Sep 13, 2003
  7. Ms. Jaime

    Ms. Jaime Guest

    It might. I tried to do some in macro but he just kept moving *too
    fast* the damn little *rat* (grrrr) and those were out of focus too
    or he would move out of the shot between the time I hit the shutter
    and the time the camera took the picture. I *detest* that 2 second

    Then I tried some different leaves on the kitchen table. Those were
    out of focus too and now I am frustrated. Time to go reread the
    manual and take a nap. :-/


    "This, is an ex-parrot"
    Ms. Jaime, Sep 14, 2003
  8. Ms. Jaime

    Ms. Jaime Guest

    Yes although I haven't printed out anything and am not sure if I am
    going to do that either.

    I use an underwater film camera (disposable) when I go downtown to the
    pool at the YWCA.

    What program do you use to process your shots?

    Oh and thank you very much for those and the info if I forgot to
    mention it before. :)


    "This, is an ex-parrot"
    Ms. Jaime, Sep 14, 2003
  9. You're not pre-setting (depress shutter halfway to set focus aperture &
    speed, wait for shot). Once you do, the shutter lag will almost disappear.

    Juan R. Pollo, Sep 14, 2003
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  11. Ms. Jaime

    Gary Long Guest

    Here are the focusing ranges for the Olympus C-750 UZ courtesy of :
    (exact page is )

    Focusing Ranges Normal:
    Wide: 23.6" - Infinity (0.6m - Infinity)
    Tele: 6.6 ft - Infinity (2m - Infinity)

    Wide: 2.7" - 23.6" (7cm - 60cm)
    Tele: 3.93" - 6.6 ft. (1.2m -2.0m)

    Super Macro:
    1.2"-2.8" (3 cm - 7 cm)

    I'll bet you backed up somewhat to take the picture of Hammy, but not enough
    to permit proper focus. I'll also bet that your next test using Macro or
    Super Macro went extremely well. In my opinion (whoooeee, a loaded statement
    if ever there was one!) you are going to get much better shots using either
    macro with some tele zoom to blur the background while keeping the beasties'
    eyes sharp OR use super macro, optionally set the aperature to f2.8 (again,
    to blur background) or to f8(to keep everything in the picture in focus) and
    perhaps a change of ISO (for fast action, higher ISO can be worth the
    noise). Hopefully these suggestions help you in your hamster safari :)

    I can totally relate to this thread! My cats have supplied me with endless
    opportunities to try capturing fast action shots in available light on a
    digicam. Since they go ripping thru at around mach 1, that can be a

    Hang in there!
    Gary Long, Sep 14, 2003
  12. Ms. Jaime

    Ryan Li Guest

    The problem is that with fast moving objects/animals, pre-focusing becomes
    much more difficult.
    Ryan Li, Sep 14, 2003
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