Help! G3 settings; what am I missing?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Farcanalman, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Farcanalman

    Farcanalman  

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    Feb 12, 2012
    I tried some night shots of the moon on manual, with legacy glass... all good.

    But when I tried the same sort of shots with the kit lens, no go!

    I could not make the camera take pictures at all, not in mode or manual and wondered if there was a shutter release over-ride that I had missed or some other such setting that I have missed?

    Andreas
     
  2. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2012
    "A Focus Priority setting in the Custom menu allows the Panasonic G3 to be set to require a focus lock before the shutter can be triggered, or alternatively to allow the shutter to fire regardless of whether a lock has been achieved. "

    - taken from Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Compact System Camera Optics - Review

    Focus priority would only work with AF on. Legacy lenses don't allow AF so focus priority will not be in effect when they are used.
     
  3. Farcanalman

    Farcanalman  

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    Feb 12, 2012
    Still no answer?

    I have still had no answer to this, can anyone help?

    And why on earth was this thread moved to this part of the forum?

    Totally inappropriate and the original placement was in Panasonic cameras which I would have thought was the correct place!

    :confused:
     
  4. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Question:
    Answer: see two posts above.

    Shorter Answer:
    • There is a shutter release override setting.
    • It is called 'Focus Priority'. Look again in above post to locate it in the G3 menu.
    • If 'Focus Priority' is set, shutter will only be released when focus is aquired. Probalby due to darkness, AF could not aquire focus on the moon
    • 'Focus Priority' is probably not active with MF lenses or in manual focus mode. Manual mode of PASM does not affect MF/AF choice.
     
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  5. frank2

    frank2 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 29, 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    I believe Pheaukus answered your question indirectly. I think the camera is somewhat confused by the moon. When focus priority is on it won't let you take the picture until it finds focus and locks. If you turn off focus priority and make sure the camera is focused on infinity it should work.

    Frank
     
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  6. frank2

    frank2 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 29, 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    You type faster than me.
     
  7. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    Mike
    It depends sometimes how "close" the moon is...doing spot metering usually makes auto focusing easier. The longer the focal length the easier it is for the lens to focus.
     
  8. Farcanalman

    Farcanalman  

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    Feb 12, 2012
    Thanks pheaukus.

    The second reply was what I understand... Even after all these years, a weird explaination in English will confuse my German way of sorting the information!

    And thanks for the other replies too!

    The focus setting has been switched off for now...

    Andreas
     
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  9. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2012
    For now, let's hope the skies clear up and the moon shows again for another attempt!

    Cheers
     
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  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I checked the moderator log, and from what I can tell this thread was never moved.

    Still is in Panasonic cameras :confused:
     
  11. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2012
    For some time around July 8th/9th this thread actually was in another forum.
    My guess is it was put there based on the 'Night Sky Photography' part of the original post.
     
  12. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Have a look in "Images to share -> Other genres". You will find this thread mentioned between July 9th and 11th:

    "Moved: Help! G3 settings; what am I missing?
    Farcanalman"

    / Hence, it was moved from here to there and back again.
     
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks for that info. I wonder why I can't find it in the moderator log?
     
  14. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 22, 2012
    Ninjas? ;)
     
  15. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Okay, I found it in the moderator log now (much easier to do back on my desktop computer than early on my phone).

    This thread was originally posted in 'Other Genres' and moved quite appropriately by Luckypenguin to 'Panasonic Cameras' on July 10th. It was not moved twice, and it was not originally posted in 'Panasonic Cameras'.
     
  16. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    Need help....

    :redface:

    my G3 setting has changed and i can't get it back to it's previous setting.
    previously, when the shutter released button is pressed half, i would have
    a beep and a green rectangle box when it is focused. plus i can touch the
    screen to touch-to-focus on the area. but now it just magnify the focus
    area.

    how do i set it back to touch-to-focus? thanks.
     
  17. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    got it!