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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:42 am 
Hi all,

New to photography, but bought the FZ38, thanks in part to the reviews on this site - useful!

For the first time I am experimenting with longer shutter times. What I am trying to do is pan with a moving object to get a blurred background and focused object in the foreground (i.e. moving cyclist).

What I have noticed with the FZ38 is that when I am taking the picture with a longer shutter speed, the LCD display disappears - so you have to guess the movement of panning you are trying to do with no viewfinder / display.

What I don't know is, given I'm a newbie whether I am being dim and this is normal or whether there is a setting somewhere to prevent this?

Any help welcomed.

Kind Regards,


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:59 am 
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Hi Steve, I don't have the FZ38 / FZ35 to hand, but yes, I'd expect the image to blank as the photo's being taken. But for the bluirred effect, you only' need shutter speeds around 1/60 to 1/15 for most panning actions - have you seen my tutorial? ... hoto.shtml

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:01 pm 

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Hello Steve,

A Warm welcome to this great forum :)

Although i too am very new with my FZ35, one thing can mention here - the genie FZ35/38 has a power saving setting called ECONOMY. When activated, the LCD will automatically switch off after 15/30 secs depending on the setting selected. In case you are trying for an exposure greater than 15 secs, you can check the power saving settings.

Hope this helps. But plz look out for a more informed solution from the masters here :)



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