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Taking macro photos

I want to take macro shots of the rings I want to sell on eBay. I put it in macro mode and used the zoom to get it in nice and close. But trying to get it close causes it to go totally out of focus, even in auto mode.

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Hi,
when you use macro, you must stay really near the subject... so if you use the zoom to get closer, that want to say that the camera is too far, you may put it nearer and so, use less zoom, or get rid of the macro and only use the zoom (and you can move the camera to good distance) you'll get better results !
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mich

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