i was using the settings and stuff

only i don’t remember quite which settings.

this is the full size liquorstore pic, just as it came out of the camera
**and there are hacks (other hacks in the more text)**
There is a trick to enable an undocumented extra Macro Mode for the C-2020Z (i kinda think it works on mine too.) It allows the camera to get clear focus at 2 to 3 inches distance from the camera. Patrick Timlin has explained the trick as follows:
1. Turn on the LCD to monitor focus.
2. Put camera in Macro Mode.
3. Put camera to full zoom.
4. Tap the wide button (on the camera or the remote) a few (about 4) times. On the first tap the lens will move a noticeable amount but the following taps hardly move the lens at all and the image will come into clear focus.
5. Now the camera can be adjusted to the wide lens direction and the focus remains clear.

all of these secret camera hacks are from the astronogeek community, apparently this is their camera of choice. i can’t tell you how hard this rocks. i was bummed when i read the reviews that the macro mode sucked, but then, well, this is pretty close, hmm?

and, from a little further away, …


ooh! i’m not quite doing deep sky imaging but hey! if i ever decide to!
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There are three undocumented tricks to allow up to 16 second exposures on the C-2000Z.

Trick #1:
– Switch to shutter priority mode.
– Slowest selectable shutter speed is 1/2 second.
– Press “OK” plus the “down” button on the hat at the same time.
– Speeds of 1,2,4,8 and 16 seconds are now usable.

Trick #2:
– Switch to shutter priority mode.
– Press “OK” plus the “take picture” button at the same time.
– Aperture now at F11.
– Again, press “OK” plus the “take picture” button at the same time.
– Aperture lock now released.

Trick #3:
– Switch to aperture priority mode.
– Select “flash off” (i.e., using external flash) and a small aperture.
– Camera tries to use very long exposure times and causes blurring.
– Press “OK” plus the “down” button on the hat at the same time.
– Camera is now locked less than or equal to 1/30 second shutter speed.
– Select “flash on”.
– Select “flash off”.
– Shutter speed lock is now released.

5 thoughts on “i was using the settings and stuff

  1. i wish the clarity was deliberate, but i was just messing with it. eh. i’ll get better at this.

  2. i’m actually kinda glad the old one died. i mean, sure, money and all but still. it’s soooo cool. the pictures it takes!

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