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Old 05-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #131
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Got it! I'll have to check out some of those filters. The only filters Panasonic offers for this model is the MC, a transparent filter that acts as a lens protector ($21), the ND filter that reduces light to the lens by 1/8th ($21), and the PL filter that represses reflected light for more contrast, meaning polarizing ($60). I'm sure you can get less expensive filters from other companies, this is one that came up when browsing Amazon.
Amazon.com: Photive 52mm Filter Kit For Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150K DMC-FZ150 Digital Camera Includes 52mm Multi-Coated 3 PC Filter Kit (UV, CPL, FLD) + LensPen Cleaning Kit + Lens Cap Keeper + Microfiber Cleaning Cloth: Camera & Photo

I didn't get any extra goodies with my camera yet. I would like to get the tele conversion ($190) and the close up ($73) lenses though. You need the lens adapter ($25) for both of those. There are probably less expensive ones that are adaptable from other companies but I think I'll spring for the Panasonic brand just to ensure compatibility.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #132
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I bet you thought I'd never get around to making the switch.
It will be a long hill to climb learning its controls before it begins to once again feel like a part of me but It'll come.
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Yes, so many features means so much to learn. Here's the link to download the manuals:
Operating Manuals for Panasonic Products

One thing that you can do to make the process easier is to learn the Custom feature first. You can preset a whole bunch of settings for one type of picture taking with the Custom setting, like macros for example. Then when you see that close up of a bug you can just turn to the Custom preset and click away.

With the macro situation taken care of for the time being, you can then focus your attention on the other difficult situation of getting good distance shots like that bird up in the top of a 100 foot tree.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:01 PM   #133
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That's probably more like the one he had ordered for me.....I couldn't find but the one when I did a search to give you an idea what I had meant.

Those are some big time lens you're hoping to jump into! What exactly are they capable of?
Thanks NEWisc...I'll look onto those.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:46 PM   #134
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Almost a month's gone by since I've had my new camera but have been too busy to give it more than a quick try.....
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:56 PM   #135
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That's too bad! I try to take a few minutes every day, usually when I'm on walkabout in the late afternoon and I always take my camera along in case something interesting pops up.

Just as a warning, the USB cable that connects your PC to the camera is finicky. If you aren't careful and the ends get bent you are in trouble. I know because that happened to me today.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #136
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Oh no! Thanks for the warning....I'll watch it.
I'm still grabbing the oldie when and if I see anything worth running for.
All I've really done was flick through the dial real quick. Never noticed where the macro settings were but did take a few day and evening shots a while back. WEEDS WEEDS WEEDS Darn ole WEEDS keep me knuckling down!
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Here's a quick macro setting - the flower icon on the dial and the AFflower icon on the side (the middle focus setting). You can mess around with tweaking later.
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Here's a quick macro setting - the flower icon on the dial and the AFflower icon on the side (the middle focus setting). You can mess around with tweaking later.
Both do the same thing? An either or option......... or do both?
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #139
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Do both.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #140
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Really? It takes both to go into macro.....Last post......I'm signing off to go play.
Been raining all day here but it finally gave me a chance to get caught up with the threads I hadn't time to browse. Good time for me to go finish creating the maps for the trip to Booboos too before the sun shines. Been putting that off for way too long. It's been too nice to sit in!
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