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Old May 24, 2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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After a frustrating evening of trying to capture a decent shot of a beautiful full moon, I come to you, with my tail between my legs, a beaten man.

Please... someone tell me the best settings to use on Canon 5d Mark III with a 70-200 2.8 IS lens to get the best shot I can of a full moon while it's dark outside.

Please tell me the ISO, AV TV and any other settings I should use.

This is very frustrating.

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Old May 25, 2013, 2:54 AM   #2
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hi what settings have you been using so far
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Old May 25, 2013, 4:40 AM   #3
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I'd say that, with a maximum focal length of 200mm on a 'Full Frame' body, you're not going to get great shots of the moon whatever settings you use.
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Old May 25, 2013, 7:02 AM   #4
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A place to start is with the 'sunny sixteen' rule. In bright sun, use the reciprocal of your film speed at f/16. I usually find that one stop up from this gives somewhat better results.
I'm not sure what the spot metering width of your camera is, but the moon is only a half degree wide. At full zoom with your lens, the spot meter would have to be less than two degrees in order to give you accurate exposure in automatic mode.
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Off the top of my head, your lens is sharpest at 200mm from f4 to f/11 so I'd use an aperture somewhere in that range. I'd use manual exposure, set the ISO at its lowest value to avoid image noise, and take multiple shots at a variety of shutter speeds to see which shot gives you the exposure you're looking for.

Why take a chance with a single combination of settings when you can go through a range of them manually and pick what you want? It's not like the Moon is going anywhere. ... very quickly anyway.
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I'd say that, with a maximum focal length of 200mm on a 'Full Frame' body, you're not going to get great shots of the moon whatever settings you use.
1. TCav has the best advice so far
2. The moon is like any other subject reflecting sunlight so the previously suggested 'sunny sixteen' rule should apply
3. No 'other metering will work (spot or otherwise) as nothing out there is any close to middle gray which is what meters or cameras are calibrated for!
4. Try manual mode and go from there:
http://www.adidap.com/2006/12/06/moo...re-calculator/
5. When you get a decent shot, then go back to (1 above):
http://www.mikeoates.org/mas/observe/lunar-p/
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I always wanted to try this... Since it looks like a full moon tonight (Exposure info are in the images EXIF):

1. Bigma 50-500 on a 1D MrkIII







2. 800mm (400 f/2.8 + 2xTC) on a D800

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Great shots love them .... wish mine could be that good... ashamed as well...
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Most of them are at 1/200 to 1 sec exposure at F7 to F11

500mm F4 @ 700mm

Eclipsed by Heavenhated, on Flickr


A filter called flood filter in PS used to add the reflection


one step closer by Heavenhated, on Flickr


This last one is using the 300mm with 1.4x and 2X stacked.


mooon meeeeee by Heavenhated, on Flickr

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It's also best to wait until the Moon is high in the sky, to get sharp images. When the Moon is close to the horizon, there's more lumpy air that the light passes through.
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