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Macro focus

Dancing Deer Photography 7:55pm, 20 August 2007
help... I recently got a H7, I am trying to use it for macros, but I set it on auto and macro setting, my problem is that the macros are out of focus slightly in a close up view on my pc I have tried closer, further, everything, but no avail.I did turn off red eye detection and the face detection, will doing that make a diff on the focus in macro mode? I am finding my old camera takes better macros, help, I want to use my new camera to its fullest advantage.
King Woodrose 11 years ago
It has a manual focus if you really want specific detail. When your camera is in ready to take the picture, in the lower right hand corner on your LCD there will more than likely be a box there, this indicates the metering size of your box. Just switch it to manual and you can focus anywhere between 1 cm and infinity!
thank you muchly, I have been trying this all day..lol
Phish Photography 11 years ago
I had the same problem with macro photos and then i switched to manual focus.
It works great.
Phydeaux Haxor 11 years ago
yeah, the H series isn't too great on focusing really small stuff, I've found myself switching to manual focus quite a bit (sony h2)
I found switching to ISO with macro on and changing the OEV settings as I go works best, I also turned off face reconision and red eye detection off helps a whole bunch
Phish Photography 11 years ago
ladyphoenixx_1999 Try to use full manual mode.
I think it's much better than any auto mode that this camera has.
Honzie 11 years ago
^^I agree. Also, ladyphoenix, face recognition tends to lower picture quality just as much as having a high ISO level.
v1nz` 11 years ago
im also a h5 user, King Woodrose kindly discuss your answer in detail, its difficult to apply..i cant find the box.
Is it an added feature in h7?
David Aseer 11 years ago
I use the manual/aperture mode - when shooting macros .. works great for me..

I guess wat King is referring to .. is the light metering indicator !!
Correct me if im wrong King!

This was shot on manual mode ..

Music to the Soul!!!
I also found shooting in ISO mode in macro, plus using the zoom to either 1.1 or 1.4 works for close ups and macros, I just got back from vacations, I will post my experiments with the settings.
speshalyst See, that is the trouble I was having, the background was appropriately out of focus, DOF, but the tube edge should of been in crystal clear focus sharp edges, its not, it is a bit fuzzy if you look at it closely.
David Aseer 11 years ago
LadyP.. yeah.. i can see ur point..
King Woodrose Posted 11 years ago. Edited by King Woodrose (member) 11 years ago
I'll show you...then you tell me if the H5 has it or not. I'll take a picture with my other cybershot.



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See the icon in the lower right hand corner? The one to the right of the OEV setting. Well if you highlight the option, and change it, manual should be one of your options. Once in manual focus it should look like this:


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See what I mean? This way you can meter anywhere from 1cm to infinite! Try it out and let me know. It just may be a feature only on H7's. I've never actually used an H5 before.
Phish Photography 11 years ago
This is what you get when shooting in full manual.
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sure2talk PRO 11 years ago
This is such an interesting and useful thread, I am learning so much and will have to experiment. So far I have only used the macro setting on auto and have been quite happy but I realise the camera has far more potential! Thanks - particularly King Woodrose for the photos.
Dancing Deer Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dancing Deer Photography (member) 11 years ago
Yea, I tried that, it is tedious to use during a macro to scale it up or down., but it does seem to work in combination with zoom and auto focus.
Vlad_F That is very nice.The more I play with the settings, the more I really like this camera.
sniderscion PRO 11 years ago
Hey King Woodrose-thanks for the screenshots. That explained it perfectly. They say a picture is worth a thousand words right?
David Aseer 11 years ago
I think .. the Sony H5 .. is a cracker.... I shot the moon a coupla days back and fell in love with this camera .. LoL
King Woodrose 11 years ago
No prob guys! You help me out so much also. I learn a lot in the group forums.
David Aseer 11 years ago
guys... guess there's gonna be a FULL Lunar Eclipse today....

hope someone can get a shot ..... it wont be visible in my part of the world
King Woodrose Posted 11 years ago. Edited by King Woodrose (member) 11 years ago
Im recording it. It's supposed to fully eclipse in an hour, so I'll record it on a spare memory card, speed it up, and post it tomorrow.
sure2talk PRO 11 years ago
I won't see it here in the UK - I hope to see some great pics from some of you!
Yea I plan on being out there shooting it, I live out in the country, 10 miles from a city, out in the prairie, hope to see some great shots guys, thank you for everyones help.
David Aseer 11 years ago
Take a crack at it fellas ... and fill us in .. !!!
King Woodrose 11 years ago
The eclipse was great!!! I took some pictures as well and I'll post those later, Im charging my battery. The video is about an hour and twenty minutes and I sped it up to about 2 minutes. It gets shakey at times because I had to adjust the camera so much, the moon was moving pretty fast! Anyway, here it is:

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Well, I missed it, was to busy this morning.
sure2talk PRO 11 years ago
Great video - thanks!
King Woodrose 11 years ago
I posed my eclipse picture also, just one. I didn't want to post more than one pic of it. Too repetitive. But, if you want to see it, its my latest picture.
scottiedigital Posted 11 years ago. Edited by scottiedigital (member) 11 years ago
this was a great thread. thanks guys! I was really struggling with the macro feature before, but this helped a TON!!!
v1nz` 11 years ago
This is really an amazing thread! :))
Really helped me!
v1nz` 11 years ago
I played around with the manual focus too:

`hanging there. alone.
v1nz` 11 years ago
comments are welcomed! :))
sure2talk PRO 11 years ago
I like the precision of the focus in this shot. I don't have much success with the manual focus myself - I must be doing something wrong!
Danni0525 11 years ago
in the screen shot...can someone tell me how to highlight the option to change it? I dont know why i can not figure it out. I can not figure out how to change any thing manually...new camera..so sorry for stupid question.
Susana Pieri Perriere - Nfer PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Susana Pieri Perriere - Nfer (member) 11 years ago
nette0525: I try to configure my camera in the same way that King Woodrose do...But I can´t.

Your question is not stupid, perhaps is simple but you and me can´t find the just point.
Regards,
Nfer
King Woodrose 11 years ago
I'll be glad to help again! Nfer is right, there are no stupid questions. To highlight it make sure no other options are highlighted first. You do this by looking at the bottom of your screen. If nothing is in yellow, your good to go. If it is, press the center button and it will return to white. Once you do that, spin your dial ALL THE WAY to the right. Then press the center button again, highlighting it, and making it yellow. Once this happns, you should be able to press left or right to adjust your focus.

Hope that was more clear! If not, let me know and I'll make an instructional video for you.
Danni0525 11 years ago
thank you so much for your help. I tried it and got it..ahhh, finally...lol.
I am so excited to experiment outside of auto.
thank you so much...now to just experiment with the settings to find what works best in each situation.
xoxooxxo
Danni

and thank you to Nfer also. I appricate it.
smoggy cake [deleted] 11 years ago
Manual Focus:
Big Fat Zero (by pixelpixel)

If you switch the expanding focus on, you can see as you zoom in and out and focus in and out the expanded focus details. Very, very handy. This is almost like a canon 40D with live view.
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