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Blurry pictures Hi...I use the camera for wildlife photography a lot. Mostly birds. I find that more often than not, the camera focuses on branches or leaves in front of or behind the bird instead of the bird itself. I've also had blurry pictures result when taken in bright sunshine where lighting wasn't an issue. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks Jeanne

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  • Jeanne Hall May 14, 2007

    Thanks Jackboy. I've seen this method mentioned before, but it's often difficult to put into practice because of the location of the bird. What I don't understand is why the camera doesn't focus in the center of the green box.

  • Jeanne Hall May 17, 2007

    "You have to develop a technique of offsetting the image in the viewfinder to compensate"

    The most frustrating example was a baby owl sitting on a tree stump. The camera focused on the leaves behind the owl, I'm assuming because they were brighter. Would offsetting have fixed the problem? What exactly is offsetting?

  • Jeanne Hall May 17, 2007

    I'll give it a try. Thanks.
    Jeanne

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Try differential focus That is point to something near the distance you want- half depress the button -turn to subject complete the press down Bear in mind that if the subject is really close to the view finder is not looking where the focus window is-Parallax- learn to shift you frame slightly to allow for this.

Posted on May 13, 2007

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    john ash May 17, 2007

    If you are close to the subject the focus element is looking at something other than the view fonder- it is called parallax
    A common problem with all non SLR photography

    You have to develop a technique of offsetting the image in the viewfinder to compensate

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    john ash May 17, 2007

    Offsetting is best explain with an illustration- but I shall try with words.
    Look at the subject through the viewfinder to compose the shot.
    Now the focus window is a tiny window on the front of the camera, and to one side of the lens
    So check out where that is -The manual will tell you.
    If when looking through the finder the window is a few mm to the right, having composed the shot, move slight off to the left-thus replacing lens with focus window-
    Now half depress the release- the camera is now focussed on the subject- move back to check your composition and press.

    Practise makes perfect.

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