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Old Apr 18, 2005, 12:17 AM   #1
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I can't seem to be able to capture the moon properly with my Z1. It's always out of focus, even when I've used a tripod. Like it can't focus that far away or something...
Anyways, here's my best attempt. Went throught some photoshop and Helicon filters to get here....
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Old Apr 18, 2005, 1:02 AM   #2
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Can you post your exif data?



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Old Apr 18, 2005, 6:35 PM   #3
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Here it is from the original pic, before it was photoshopped.

ExposureTime : 1/125Sec
FNumber : F8.0
ExposureProgram : Manual
ISOSpeedRatings : 50
ExifVersion : 0220
DateTimeOriginal : 2005:04:17 19:42:30
DateTimeDigitized : 2005:04:17 19:42:30
ComponentConfiguration : YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel : 4/1 (bit/pixel)
BrightnessValue : EV7.4
ExposureBiasValue : EV0.0
MaxApertureValue : F3.5
MeteringMode : CenterWeightedAverage
LightSource : Daylight
Flash : Not fired(Compulsory)
FocalLength : 58.00(mm)
SubjectLocation : 1024,768,44,29
MakerNote : Unknown Format : 760Bytes (Offset:1160)
UserComment :
FlashPixVersion : 0100
ColorSpace : sRGB
ExifImageWidth : 2048
ExifImageHeight : 1536
ExifInteroperabilityOffset : 1118
FileSource : DSC
SceneType : A directly photographed image
CustomRendered : Custom process
ExposureMode : Manual
WhiteBalance : Manual
DigitalZoomRatio : 0/100
FocalLength(35mm) : 380(mm)
SceneCaptureType : Standard
GainControl : None
Contrast : Soft
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal
SubjectDistanceRange : Distant view
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Old Apr 19, 2005, 1:47 AM   #4
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Have you tried playing around with these settings? I usually shoot the moon with ISO between 100 and 400 (depending on brightness), shutter speed bet 1/125 and 1/250 and apperture at around f/4.5. I also have my metering set to multi-segment. The following is one of the best I can do (unedited) with my Z3. It was taken early morning around sunrise with a handheld Z3. I'm new at this myself and I have seen some spectacular moon shots taken by dslr owners which I can't even hope to get close to.
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Old Apr 19, 2005, 6:00 PM   #5
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My Z1 looks terrible at ISO 400, way too too much noise. 50 and 100 are best, 200 is acceptable. I'll mess around some more tonight, hopefully I'll get some better results. :?
Still not sure why it doesn't focus properly though...
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 5:35 PM   #6
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Even with Anti-shake, I find that trying to focus on small or far away objects at maximum optical zoom(12x for z3) is very difficult. I don't know if this due to the view finder or just a limitation of my eyesight.
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 6:43 PM   #7
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Well that's about the best I can do with my z1 aswell

EXIF

Camera Make Minolta Co., Ltd.
Model DiMAGE Z1
Orientation upper left
X resolution 72
Y resolution 72
Resolution unit inch
Software Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Date/time 20-Apr-05 22:45:18
YCbCr positioning co-sited
Image
Image description MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
Artist
Copyright
Exposure time 0.002 s
F-number f/8
Exposure program Manual
ISO speed ratings 200
Date/time original 20-Apr-05 20:44:35
Date/time digitized 20-Apr-05 20:44:35
Component config Y
Compressed BPP 4
Brightness value 7.7
Exposure bias value 0.000000
Max. aperture value 3.600000
Metering mode Pattern
Light source Daylight
Flash Flash did not fire [off]
Focal length 58 mm
User comment
Colorspace sRGB
Pixel X dimension 280
Pixel Y dimension 240
Scene type Photographed image
Subject Area Rectangle x= 1024, y= 768, w= 44, h= 29
Custom Rendered Custom process
Exposure mode Manual exposure
White balance Manual white balance
Digital zoom ratio 0
Focal length in 35mm film 380 mm
Scene capture type Standard
Gain control Low gain up
Contrast Hard
Saturation Normal
Sharpness Hard
Subject distance range Distant view
Miscellaneous
Exif version 2.2
FlashPix version (30,31,30,30)
File source DSC

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 3:17 AM   #8
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Here's oneI took about 7:30PM with my Z10 and a $10 1.4x TL-55 Canon converter:
Spot metering, ISO64, 1/400s exp.
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 3:24 AM   #9
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Lowered the gamma and used Auto levels in Photoshop. EXIF data on picture.
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 3:30 AM   #10
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Michael, turn down your ISO and use spot metering.
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