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Old Nov 22, 2009, 7:40 PM   #1
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Old Nov 22, 2009, 7:42 PM   #2
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Default Tonight's moon

425mm f4 and 1/200s

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Old Nov 22, 2009, 9:07 PM   #3
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Very nice, but I bet it would be even more impressive if you cropped out the surrounding black sky to fill more of the frame with just the moon.

425mm f4.....nice...
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This is 100% crop.

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Nice shot. I would also recommend color correcting as the Moon doesn't quite look that red normally. Sometimes (although not always) auto levels does the trick. And maybe a hint of unsharp mask if you have Photoshop to help bring out a little more detail in those great looking craters.
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Old Nov 23, 2009, 10:13 PM   #6
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Hey Greg,

You must of had the 300mm 'beast' mounted on a tripod to get that shot 'cause
it is just very nice and sharp. Well done.

By the way, I'm getting a severe case of 300mm lens envy.

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Old Nov 24, 2009, 6:05 AM   #7
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Hey Greg,

You must of had the 300mm 'beast' mounted on a tripod to get that shot 'cause
it is just very nice and sharp. Well done.

By the way, I'm getting a severe case of 300mm lens envy.

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I like the lens, but it belongs on a tripod. I'm not saying you can't shoot handheld, but you don't want to hold the beast while waiting for the tweety to visit.

As to the moon, I shot ISO 100 and 1/200s. That was off our deck that is 10ft off the ground with the dogs running around and a tripod a bit to light for the setup. I also didn't use the mirror lockup, nor was the stabilization on. I was expecting worse. I only took two frames, and they seemed identical. I think the lens may be capable of better as I could certainly see tremor through the viewfinder. I'll try again sometime.

I really should get a t-adapter for my old 1000mm f4 telescope and see what I could muster there. With the EC-14 I should fall just short of filling the frame with that.

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a heavy duty/well built tripod will do..no IS. or add some weight for stability... Try F8 for more sharpness next time maybe? I just picked up the 35-100 and I can hand hold it, but it isn't exactly fun.
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a heavy duty/well built tripod will do..no IS. or add some weight for stability... Try F8 for more sharpness next time maybe? I just picked up the 35-100 and I can hand hold it, but it isn't exactly fun.
I picked up a used 35-100 awhile back. You are lucky to have one. A heck of a lens.

The day it arrived I removed the tripod collar and it hasn't ever been re-attached. I take it on 5 mile hikes mounted on the camera. Its a fairly heavy lens, but I find it easily hand holdable.

The 300 f2.8 is a different animal. Its won't be going on any hikes unless its on my back, the collar will not be removed, and if it gets carried anywhere, the tripod is getting carried there too.

I really wanted to stick with ISO 100 for the moon. I didn't take other exposures, but want to know what locking up the mirror will do, upping the ISO through 200, 400 and 800, and getting the tripod on firmer footing. Maybe the above is as good as I'll get, but that shutter was slow for the situation.

I know about the no IS on a tripod, but it was the platform the tripod was on that was causing the shake. I don't know that it might not have helped. Actually I was plesantly surprised by the result. I expected it to be ruined by motion.

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[QUOTE]I know about the no IS on a tripod[QUOTE]

Why????? I've yet to understand, this just does not make sense to me.
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