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Page 16 of the user manual explains how to set up the camera for the macro mode. If you are using regular macro mode then you would also need to set the flash mode to off if you do not want it to fire automatically (page 15 of the user manual refers how to disable the flash). If you are using the super macro mode then the flash would be set to off by default.
Firstly, be sure to check flash voltage. Your 30D may accept max 6V so that your camera can be shot if the flash unit has higher voltage than 6V.
1. Use low ISO to keep low noise....around f/8 or more depends on your need and how much DOF you want.....Set the shutter speed around 1/125 to your max speed to stop any movement (your subject or camera itself shaking).
2. Above is set in Manual mode (iso100, f/8 1/125 or 1/250), then you just need to leave the flash to work in TTL mode.
3. It needs battery, the connection is for syncing to trigger and release a proper flash power (in TTL mode).
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Hi, Does the camera start up as normal? Is the message intermittent? When does the message appear? (i.e. when zooming, when taking a picture, etc) Unfortunately this message doesn't have one clear meaning. Or rather, it does - it says "something is wrong with the camera". From what I noticed with Lumix cameras, lens is usually the reason for this. (e.g. if there is a bit of dirt stuck in lens gears you would end up with the same message). If it's dirt in the lens, the solution isn't easy, you either need to have it repaired at panasonic service, get a replacement lens from an otherwise defective donor camera from e.g. ebay and replace it, or alternatively dismantle and clean the lens yourself if you're brave. On one occassion I saw this message appear due to a problem with flash circuit. Disabling the flash sorted it out. I would recommend first trying to disable any fancy options in the menu (e.g. flash, image stabiliser, macro, etc) and resetting the settings to factory state via the menu. Good luck, Raf
Make sure your camera isn't zoomed in (full telephoto) The camera can't handle both full zoom AND super macro. Don't forget super macro goes from Zero to 20cm from the lens. Zoom completely out and you should be able to see something within that range. The biggest complaint I've heard about the S2 IS is if you take closeups of bugs the chances of the bug crawling onto your lens is pretty good.:-)
Be very carefull of blocking light with the lens at extreme closeup too. Although the flash squelches well to allow for closeups it can leave a nasty shadow. If you're really serious about macro you'll find a ring flash would come in handy.
Yes. The following Minolta dedicated external flash units are compatible with the DiMAGE A1 for automatic flash control:
Program Flash 3600HS(D),
Program Flash 5600HS(D),
*Program Flash 2500(D),
Macro Twin Flash 2400*,
Macro Ring Flash 1200*.
* Program Flash 2500(D) will be available around August, 2003.
*Macro Flash Controller is necessary
The camera fails to control the flash output automatically due to the high intensity of Macro ring flash, causing the image to be over-exposed. Please set the camera as below to prevent a undesired result. Camera and Flash Settings - Set the sensitivity to ISO 100 using the function dial of the camera. - Set the flash metering of the camera to Pre-Flash TTL from the recording-mode menu. MACRO RING FLASH 1200 - Set the camera exposure mode to A or M mode. - Set the aperture to f/6.7. - Attach a ND filter x4 (0.6D) to the camera lens. MACRO TWIN FLASH 2400 - Attach a diffuser to the flash tube units. In case the flash tube and the subject is too close, eg. Not using the arms, set the camera exposure mode to A or M mode and the aperture to f/6.7. A subject at minimum distance may still be overexposed. Use exposure compensation to obtain the best result.
A common problem is that you have some 3.2 Megapixel (MP) and that image is all of 640x480 or 0.3072 M. That means you could move back from the camera, shoot at 3.2 MP then crop out a 640x480 image that may be in focus.