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Old Sep 15, 2008, 6:17 AM   #11
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The EXIF data from your sample Moon shot shows that you used a 1 second shutter speed at an aperture of f/32 with an ISO of 200.

Each full f-stop you open the aperture, you allow twice the light through the lens, so you can halve the shutter speed. So going from f/32 to f/22 means you can use 1/2", going from f/22 to f/16 means you can use 1/4", and going from f/16 to f/11 means you can use 1/8".

Also, each time you double the ISO setting, you double the light sensitivity of the image sensor, so you can halve the shutter speed. So going from ISO 200 to ISO 400 means you can use 1/16".

You should, of course, adjust these values based on the actual conditions at the time you take a shot. But you should definitely use an aperture of f/11 in order to get the best out of your lens, and increase the ISO in order to get a reasonably fast shutter speed, VR lens or not. VR reduces motion blur by compensating for camera shake, not subject movement, and the Moon is a moving target.

You might also want to reconsider your metering mode. The Moon is a bright object in a dark sky. The Matrix metering mode might not work as well as center-weighted, or given that you're using a 200mm lens, you might also try spot metering.
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Old Sep 15, 2008, 7:21 AM   #12
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Hello. I took it last night, this time with a 400mm ProSpec lens and a 2x teleconverter. ISO 200, shutter:400, and f8.

Zamzim, I'm too newbe to give advice however do what you were told above. Or start with M mode, iso 200, 1/800 shutter speed, aperture f8...see results and from there go up or down as needed.




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Old Sep 17, 2008, 8:57 AM   #13
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Hey not a bad moon shot but its upside down!

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Old Sep 17, 2008, 2:09 PM   #14
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Sorry! You are right, beachcboy2. Here is another take


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