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Old August 13th, 2009, 03:53 AM   #1
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z1 and infinity button.When to use it?

When u suggest to use the infinity button?
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Old August 13th, 2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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When you don't want to focus on anything nearer than 30ft (10m)
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Old August 13th, 2009, 09:38 AM   #3
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I've used it to ensure my shots of the ground don't have the camera focusing on the plane's (scratched) window. I've also used it to give a 'snap' pull focus. I'm filming a daisy in telephoto close-up and -zip- I'm then focused on the picnic makers in the distance and the daisy blurs.
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I've used it to ensure my shots of the ground don't have the camera focusing on the plane's (scratched) window. I've also used it to give a 'snap' pull focus. I'm filming a daisy in telephoto close-up and -zip- I'm then focused on the picnic makers in the distance and the daisy blurs.
That's a great idea
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Old August 13th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #5
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Personally I don't trust any of the autofocus functions on the Z1 and always go with manual. Also (IIRC) the infinity setting does not work properly with a telephoto adaptor lens which I often use for performances.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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What the heck is the "infinity button"? You mean when you manually focus to show the infinity icon on the LCD?
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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #7
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The bottom position on the FOCUS slider switch. Top is AUTO, middle is MAN, bottom (spring-loaded; snaps back) is INFINITY.
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The bottom position on the FOCUS slider switch. Top is AUTO, middle is MAN, bottom (spring-loaded; snaps back) is INFINITY.
I'll be damned. I've had this camera over three years and never noticed that. You learn something new everyday.

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That's a feature which dates all the way back to the VX-2000 on Sony cameras... probably even the VX-1000!
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That's a feature which dates all the way back to the VX-2000 on Sony cameras... probably even the VX-1000!
Doesn't say much for my powers of observation... And I've actually read the manual several times.

Let's just say it's a feature I've never needed. Yeah, that's it!
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