Manual focusing problem

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by The Duke, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. The Duke

    The Duke Guest

    I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ15. It generally does a great job of
    auto-focusing, but sometimes I need to use manual focus. I find that at
    least half of my manually-focused pictures are not sharp, even though
    the focus looks right on in the viewfinder using the focus-assist
    feature. I can't figure it out. Has any one else noticed this problem
    with their Panasonic digital?

    The Duke, Feb 9, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    I think this is a common problem with ALL EVF cameras... you need to TRUST
    the auto-focus, because the manual focus (usually) cant be done on a low
    resolution EVF.
    Larry, Feb 10, 2005
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  3. Because maybe one wants to focus at a plane that the autofocus doesn't
    want to. If an object has an extended dimension parallel to the line of
    sight, it may be hard to make the autofocus focus on just the plane you
    want to properly share the available depth of field. That is the
    reason, for macro photography I use a film camera and scan the print. I
    can't afford a good digital SLR. My digicam, non SLR is fine for most
    things, but not macro photography where I really want to control the
    plane of best focus.
    Don Stauffer in Minneapolis, Feb 10, 2005
  4. ....

    I've only had my Panasonic FZ20 a short time, so I've only had one
    significant attempt
    at manual focusing. Still, the results were superb, all things considered.
    I was watching
    the Dolphin show in Chicago's Shedd Aquarium in the late evening. The
    lighting is
    quite poor, the sky was overcast, and the sun had set. I manually focused
    on the
    place where I expected the Dolphins to jump and used the high speed burst
    While the pictures were still much too dark and noisy, the focus was pretty
    right on. }:) Definitely a fun experiment.

    Dan (Woj...) [dmaster](no space)[at](no space)[lucent](no space)[dot](no
    "Johnny take a dive with your sister in the rain
    Let her talk about the things you can't explain
    To touch is to heal / To hurt is to steal
    If you want to kiss the sky / Better learn how to kneel"
    Dan Wojciechowski, Feb 14, 2005
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