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    "The exposure setting on this image is usually around 1/250 second at f4.5, or f5.6"
    extract from http://www.danheller.com/moon.html

    Can this be done using 18-70mm kit lens? I tried but failed. The moon still lack details.

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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by qing02051981
    "The exposure setting on this image is usually around 1/250 second at f4.5, or f5.6"
    extract from http://www.danheller.com/moon.html

    Can this be done using 18-70mm kit lens? I tried but failed. The moon still lack details.

    70mm is too short.....i'm using a 200mm and its still no tele enough...

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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by qing02051981
    "The exposure setting on this image is usually around 1/250 second at f4.5, or f5.6"
    extract from http://www.danheller.com/moon.html

    Can this be done using 18-70mm kit lens? I tried but failed. The moon still lack details.
    Your DOF is too shallow. I've tried it a few times using my tele lens and using film at ISO 400, 1/250, f/16 and it's perfectly fine with the craters on it.
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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by reactan
    70mm is too short.....i'm using a 200mm and its still no tele enough...
    Agree..even on my 300mm end, i still must crop to make it look bigger.
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    I see. 70mm is too short. Well, have to wait till I upgrade to a 18-200mm lens

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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Your DOF is too shallow. I've tried it a few times using my tele lens and using film at ISO 400, 1/250, f/16 and it's perfectly fine with the craters on it.
    oic, so the moon is too near, and using f4.5 or f5.6 the DOF won't cover that much of the whole moon. can use hyper focusing or not???? or should focus on the american flat planted there???

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    oic, so the moon is too near, and using f4.5 or f5.6 the DOF won't cover that much of the whole moon. can use hyper focusing or not???? or should focus on the american flat planted there???
    Pro questions.

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    Never knew DOF is present at infinity focus.
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    "Double-exposure of full moon and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. First exposure: 30 seconds without the moon using 17-35mm zoom @ 17mm; second exposure of the moon f4.5 @ 1/125 second @ 300mm. Fuji Velvia."

    http://www.danheller.com/images/FAQ/Tech/Moon/img5.html

    no wonder the moon look so big there, double exposure with 2 different lenses
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Your DOF is too shallow. I've tried it a few times using my tele lens and using film at ISO 400, 1/250, f/16 and it's perfectly fine with the craters on it.
    nothing to do with DOF, it is the exposure.

    need to under expose quite a lot to bring out the details, else it will be just one small white dots
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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    expose as if it was daytime

    this is because the moon is lit by the sun

    but your foreground will lose all details
    so double exposure lor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wai
    nothing to do with DOF, it is the exposure.

    need to under expose quite a lot to bring out the details, else it will be just one small white dots
    That explains the fast shutter speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    oic, so the moon is too near, and using f4.5 or f5.6 the DOF won't cover that much of the whole moon. can use hyper focusing or not???? or should focus on the american flat planted there???
    Haha okok that's my mistake, but my settings ain't wrong though.
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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    all u need is a special adaptor lens like Wai's

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    Quote Originally Posted by roti_prata
    all u need is a special adaptor lens like Wai's
    Haven't tried that though.
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    Wai, I saw your album. Impressive! The moon can see the crater

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    i shot some photos of the moon with my 75-300mm, and the moon still looked like pee sai on the photo. need a lot of cropping.

    btw i never follow the rules on taking the moon. freak la. just play around with settings to get the shot you want
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    Did this on a 600mm and it's still a heavy crop...
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    Default Re: How to take the moon?

    Taken with an EF300mm f4L IS USM + 1.4x TC


    Taken with an EF500mm f4L IS USM + 1.4x TC


    If you want some help with the settings, feel free to visit my gallery at http://www.pbase.com/nickmak/moonscape. I learned it by trial and error...

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    wai, i nv knew singapore can see the orion. cool pics that i thought was impossible to take.

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