1st outing with new FZ200
1st outing with new FZ200
May 16, 2014
My son and I recently got an FZ200 as a step up from an old compact.
We went for a day out and shot some old cars at Oulton Park. I'd appreciate some feedback on some of the shots we took. I know fast moving cars are not the easiest beginner subject, but I was still a little disappointed with the overall sharpness and focus of the moving cars. We tried with using burst mode with and without continuous focus, using focus lock on the track before the cars come round, iA most of the time with some shutter speed priority shooting. To be honest I lost track of what shots used what modes to try and nail down what worked for me and aim to be a little more methodical next time.
I’ve include some simpler static shots that I’m more than happy with in terms of camera performance for comparison.
A little soft/out of focus/noisy? I was half pressing the shutter release and pre-focusing on the track. If I get the focus point wrong and am late/early would this cause the “softening”?
A couple of statics for comparison.
Overall are these what would be expected in terms of noise and focus given the zoom, aperture, SS & ISO?
Thanks for looking,
Steve, I think you are trying to run before you have learnt to walk, the static car is perfect which proves the camera is ok, keep working on it I am sure you will come right, as you remark fast moving cars are no easy.
Hi Steve, I can't give you any advice on how to shoot moving cars, as I've never had that experience, but it sounds like you were doing all the right things. I shoot lots of birds, often moving. One thing I would ask you to try is turn off "quick auto focus" with that turned off the camera holds whatever focus you last set it to. With Quick AF on, the camera tries to focus on whatever the lens is pointing at and if its pointing down, will focus on the ground. When you raise the camera to focus on a more distant object it takes it longer to focus, than it would if its already focused on a more distant subject. Its a bit like pre-focusing the camera, but you're still in AF, so when you half press the shutter, it will respond quicker. That's my theory and I thinks it works in practice.
My observation of your shots is that they look good to me. I was looking closely at the Jag and A40 image, you can see the lettering around the Jag badge. You can't read it, but its visible, I would say that that's pretty good.
With regards to the static shot of the blue car (can't remember the type) its much closer and you will definitely get more detail in something that's close like that, than objects that are further away.
Not a bad start. I'd suggest turning OIS off for panning or try the Panning Scene Mode, which may do that and more. Proper camera tracking takes practice - especially with a new camera - and you'll get better.
I agree that the shutter speed might have been a tad fast, but going slower is going to make panning even more difficult. Again, practice makes perfect. Keep posting do we can see how you are getting along!
You learn something new every time you press the shutter
Some nice shots of some grand old machinery. What is the car in BRG (#49). It resembles a D type Jaguar; but the nose looks wrong.
Anyway, I use my FZ200 in Program and set the Picture Adjust sub menu to Sharpening +1 and NR -2. The light looks flat, so in those shots I would have set WB to Cloudy, which will punch up some colors. If you want to blur the backgrounds, set the camera to Aperture preferred and set the aperture to f/4 or f/5.6; but no higher. That will get you a slower shutter speed to get more blur in the wheels and background, and then work hard on your panning technique to keep the body of the car sharp. If the wheels and background are blurred enough, nobody will notice the car isn't tack sharp.
Congratulations on your new camera! .. welcome aboard, Steve .. out of your test series is the blue car my favorite. Looking forward to see more of your work. Thank you for sharing..
Post No. 1 and an interesting set right off the bat. Boy stuff
Welcome to the forum Steve. The FZ200 is a gem. This forum is the place to talk about it and the photos it takes.
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Thanks for the feedback, it's really appreciated.
There are a few things there to consider next time I'm out. WB is something I didn't actually fiddle with and yes it was a cloudy overcast day. I also think some time spent learning the different focusing modes and the tricks to help the auto focus will help.
The #49 car is a Tojeiro Jaguar, with a D-Type engine. It won it's race. It's good to see these old race cars doing what they were designed for rather than just sat in a museum. The link below a short clip of an Allard J2X Le Mans 4 wheel drifting, just missing the kerb.
Once again, thanks for the feedback.