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Epson 3000Z in "sports" mode

I took some photos at my grandson's little league game last night and the action shots were excellent. I was curious how the sports mode would perform. I am very happy with the results. I took one shot from behind the catcher and timed the shutter release just as my grandson released the pitch towards the plate. When I got home and downloaded the photos, the photo was perfect with the baseball "frozen" about half way between the pitchers mound and home plate. I've had the camera for about 3 weeks now and have had no problems with it, not even the dreaded "purple fringe" thing. Other than not being able to see the LED outdoors, the only other things that I am concerned with is the Wide angle and Telephoto lenses from Tiffen. With these lenses on the Epson 3000Z, I have a terrible time trying to get the camera to focus. Seems like the focus mechanism is constantly searching. I haven't given up yet though. There is probably a way to get it to focus properly with those lenses but I just haven't found the method yet. Any suggestions?

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Re: Epson 3000Z in "sports" mode

This is normal for just about any add-on lens, and isn't really so much that the image is out of focus in the true sense, but rather, that the lens is incapable of focusing all wavelengths of light to the same place properly - the problem is called chromatic aberration, and is a common complaint with almost all of these add-on lenses. It is seen with both telephoto and wide angle lenses. I have little experience with wide angle lenses, but have seen the same problem with every telephoto add-on I have tried *except* the olympus B-300. There is an excellent comparison of several of these add-on lenses here: http://members.xoom.com/esuastegui/c2020z/test/oly_tele.html

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Another suggestion is to have the camera at full optical zoom (minus the digital zoom). I've been reading the forums and this appears to work well.

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Re: Epson 3000Z in "sports" mode

With the telephote lens, I am assuming that the camera is a bit more sensitive to any form of camera shake. My suggestion, when using the telephoto lens, is to manually set the shutter speed to its fastest setting (that, or set it to "sports mode"). Also, experiment with the telephote lens using your tripod. Set the camera up on a table and use the timer so that the camera will snap the image automatically. See if the picture is still blurry. If you don't have a tripod, just place it flat on the table.

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