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Blurred background I was wondering if there is a way to set the picture so that when you take it the background turns out blurred. I take most of my pictures in manual focus but the background still turns out pretty clear.

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Re: Blurred background

It does happen sometimes with the right subject distance and f/2.8

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Re: Blurred background

In general, a digicam like the fz15 uses such small lenses (true focal length, not 35mm equivalent) and sensors that they have greater depth of field than a DSLR will have. The only way to really reduce it is to use f/2.8 and full zoom. Also it's reduced the closer the subject is to the lens.

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