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 Post subject: Please help!!!
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 6:57 am 
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So, I finally got my camera yesterday night 8)

I have few questions though: please help ASAP, I can't wait to go out and shoot some pics with it:

What's the purpose of the lens-hood? To me it looks just like a piece of plastic with no real function?

The plastic covering the optical viewfinder: I can't mount it on the camera?

and finally: During unpacking the camera, I accidentally strafed the 14-42 lense with my finger. What do I need to clean it, if it is dirty? Can I use normal window-polishes or do I have to get a special cleaning kit?

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 Post subject: Re: Please help!!!
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 8:01 am 
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nicolaidenmark wrote:
What's the purpose of the lens-hood? To me it looks just like a piece of plastic with no real function?


for me its used in outdoor to fight the sunlit destrying your image? :?

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The plastic covering the optical viewfinder: I can't mount it on the camera?

you have to remove the ruber pust it upward before you ca attach that eye piece cover

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and finally: During unpacking the camera, I accidentally strafed the 14-42 lense with my finger. What do I need to clean it, if it is dirty? Can I use normal window-polishes or do I have to get a special cleaning kit?


Don't ever mess with the lens cleaning it with that with it is not really sure better ask for the store where you buy that.

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do I have to get a special cleaning kit?

Its a must, for me though, if you are too careless like me i recomend get a uv filter to protect it for now... :wink:

i hope it helped you... but wait till pro see this post and correct me if i'm wrong...

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and i forget congrats with your purchase I'd love to hear that dslr fanatics are being aded...

And taking pictures is a must :wink:

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Congratulations!
Cherk out this link for lens hoods and why they are great.

I always use mine, except when I use my popup flash (it causes a shadow). It's also a great protection for your lens.

EDIT: here's the link: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutori ... -flare.htm

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When zooming, you can only do it manually? I don't see a mechanic zoom button (not that I care)

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Yep, thats right all zooming is done manually.


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Sammo wrote:
Yep, thats right all zooming is done manually.


Cool, sorry for the noob question. I'm back to my manual lol

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Congrats on your new camera. Enjoy!

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Link added to my first post, sorry

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 Post subject: First picture....
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Everybody has to start somewhere I guess:

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From this it seems I have to study the different focus modes more. The blurring of the background is intentional, albeit I thought it would be more than it actually turned out to be...

F: 3.5

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Congratulations on new camera.

For blurring the background there are 4 factors.

1. Focal length - bigger the better, don't use wide angle lenses
2. F number - smaller the better, bigger lens opening
3. Distance from subject - smaller the better
4. Sensor size - bigger the better, Olympus E-520 has smaller sensor than most DSLR-s

I don't want to go into the details, there is much to write about, but you can check out this link


http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/technical/bokeh.html

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Nelepl wrote:
Congratulations on new camera.

For blurring the background there are 4 factors.

1. Focal length - bigger the better, don't use wide angle lenses
2. F number - smaller the better, bigger lens opening
3. Distance from subject - smaller the better
4. Sensor size - bigger the better, Olympus E-520 has smaller sensor than most DSLR-s

I don't want to go into the details, there is much to write about, but you can check out this link


http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/technical/bokeh.html


Cheers, I should have used the 40-150 mm. then. I used 14-42 :roll:

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nicolaidenmark wrote:
Cheers, I should have used the 40-150 mm. then. I used 14-42 :roll:


You could have zoomed that lens in to 42mm, and then it would have been a better bokeh as well.

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 Post subject: Re: First picture....
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nicolaidenmark wrote:
Everybody has to start somewhere I guess:

Image

From this it seems I have to study the different focus modes more. The blurring of the background is intentional, albeit I thought it would be more than it actually turned out to be...

F: 3.5


Another:

Image

Again: F: 3.5

Everybody starts as beginners, I guess :roll:

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Congrats on the purchase!! Feel free to post any questions you have, even if they are noobie questions. Most people in this forum are very helpful (unlike some other forums that shall remain nameless).

The lens hood is to avoid flare ups from excessive sunlight. I rarely use it, but I really should.

Where did you touch the lens? Or the front end, or on the back, where the lens attaches to the camera? If on the front end, you can use a soft lens cleaning cloth. Just make sure that the cloth itself and the lens don't have any specks of sand or anything abrasive on them, or else, you can scratch the lens. If it's on the back end where the lens attaches to the camera, I have no idea how to clean that area.

On the second photo of the building and flowers, you may want to increase the apperture so that more of the photo will be in focus. Check out Gordon's tips:

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_to_take_landscapes_with_lots_in_focus/landscape_large_depth_of_field.shtml

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