Macro mode, tightest shots

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Macro mode, tightest shots
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Been experimenting with macro mode, to see and figure out what the true sweet spot is, turns out it seems to be around 5.0x zoom where it focuses somewhere between 1 inch - 1.5 inches from the subject (this is around 113.5mm on the HS20/25/30/35 and would be around 118.5mm on the HS10)- note, on the lens barrel, this is marked as 135mm.

The following images have a real world width of about 1.5 inches or around 38mm, this makes the macro ratio 6:1- by comparison the Olympus C-7070 with a 1/1.8 sensor took super macros with a real world minimum width of around 28mm- so these are pretty comparable (Oly is around 4:1).

I set the camera to spot metering (which I find is best for macros and long zoom shots with a TC), continuous AF, macro mode, shutter priority (which is a good way to keep the ISO down in AUTO ISO mode as you can select the shutter speed that best matches your steadiness), M size DR 400.

Note, I was experimenting with some higher zoom ratios (around 7.8x) which you can use up to 3 inches focal distance, so I had the shutter speed set to 1/100 sec, therefore the camera selected high ISO like 2000 and 2500 and the following examples, I could have easily doubled this to 1/50 sec for 5x zoom, and this would have kept the ISO to around 1000- but this is pretty good nonetheless for such high ISO- of course NR is set to Low and Sharpening is set to Soft.

Note: these are just some macro test shots, once spring really gets going here over the next week or two, there should be some REAL macro ops!  I welcome macro shots from others, I really want to see what the tightest macro sweet spot is for the HS50 (using the zoom magnification ratio on the LCD and minimal focal distance.)

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Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR Olympus E-520 Olympus PEN E-PL6 +3 more
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