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Sep 22, 2015 05:38 |  #1

This is coming up on Sunday, my current gear is a Nikon D7200 with just 2 lenses: (1) Nikon AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR and (2) Nikkor 50mm AF f/1.8D. Looking for help on settings to try and do sometime of photography with the moon this weekend provided theres no clouds of course :)

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Sep 22, 2015 06:00 |  #2

Do you have a tripod?


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Sep 22, 2015 06:19 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #3

I have one but don't think it will hold the bigger lense. May need to get a more stable one for that setup.




  
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Sep 22, 2015 06:39 |  #4

I've found myself out in a field with a heavy lens and light weight tripod. I will mount the camera and lens but make sure I keep my hands on it at all times. I find that at the very least it allows zoomed in live view manual focus.

But you're right, this does sound like a great opportunity to buy a beefier tripod.


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Sep 23, 2015 07:05 |  #5

Found this, didn't read it yet.

http://www.nikonusa.co​m …15-lenewsletter-eclipselm (external link)

I found it through a Facebook page called EarthSky.


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Sep 24, 2015 10:55 |  #6

Would would be a good lens / focal length to capture the entire eclipse sequence (stacked in 1 photo) from southern california? (1 shot every 15 min)

When the moon rises in So cal it will be in full eclipse at 7:11pm PT

I'd like to get a balance between longest focal length while covering the entire eclipse in 1 frame.

Maybe there is a calculator for this? I will be using a Canon T5i.

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Sep 25, 2015 12:47 |  #7

Get out Saturday night and shoot the moon after sunset. You can nail down all your exposure settings and tripod issues then you'll be good to go Sunday night. Just make sure you make notes so you'll remember settings for the following night.


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Sep 25, 2015 16:23 as a reply to  @ SiriusDoggy's post |  #8

Thanks, I will experiment.

I found these helpful sites:

http://xjubier.free.fr …LunarEclipseExp​osure.html (external link)

http://www.oxenburg.co​m …otography-a-lunar-eclipse (external link)


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Sep 25, 2015 17:04 |  #9
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I've never tried shooting the moon. This sounds like a good opportunity. I can field a 100-400L, Kenko 1.4X and a 70D. Is that enough for decent results? Oh, yeah. I do have a decent tripod.


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Sep 25, 2015 17:08 |  #10

The 100-400 and crop camera would be plenty. I've gotten decent results with crop and 70-200.


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Sep 25, 2015 19:14 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #11
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Thanks. Looks like an interesting project for my new 70D.


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Sep 25, 2015 19:36 |  #12

GeoKras1989 wrote in post #17721835 (external link)
Thanks. Looks like an interesting project for my new 70D.

sure thing.

did a quick search for "moon" on my computer and found these two from my 70-200 and 12MP XSi as a reference. Not awesome, but certainly useable, given 400mm and a 20MP 70D i'm sure you'll be happy. My guess is the TC would just add problems with a slow minimum f stop and over all IQ loss.

definitely hand held and pretty sure both are 100% crops. The first was taken on my way home from buying the lens in Raleigh. Second after doing some yard work and standing in the back yard drinking a beer.

IMAGE: http://logicandproportion.com/_images/_personal/70_200_test/moon.jpg

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Sep 25, 2015 19:42 |  #13

oh, i just read a tip for eclipse photography. I usually use manual focus if on a tripod, but since the moon will be getting darker, any kind of focus becomes very difficult towards totality. You can take one of those stretchy "for a cause" bracelets, you know, the Livestrong yellow things or whatever else, and wrap it around your lens where the focus ring hits something stationary. It will help you avoid knocking the focus out by doing something stupid.

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Sep 25, 2015 19:52 |  #14
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Thanks for the tips. The TC is easy to add/remove. I'll try a few shots with and without.


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Sep 25, 2015 22:00 |  #15
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Whoa, thanks for bringing this up. I didn't even know about it. Now, I'll just pray it won't be overcast.


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