I got my Tamron SP 500mm mirror-lens back from testing at PhotoZone.de
and finally the moon was up in the sky. So I mounted my trusty old Manfrotto 055pro with my gear and made a series of shots from the moon.
I ended up with f8.0 (fixed) ISO 200 and a 1/125sec. This was my first surprise: I was starting with 1/2 sec shutter speed (you know the lens has no auto-exposure on the D80).
As to WB: You know I'm an automatic-fan, and that was it - pretty much dead on. Second surprise.
Although the 500mm is like a 750mm in a 35mm-film camera still the moon was only 1/4 hight of the pic (clickable). Third surprise.
And the fourth surprise? Well, two pics of 9 were sharp enough to show a 100% (1191x842) crop, so here is the link to it (clickable):
What do we learn from this:
- You would need a 1500-2000mm lens to capture the moon full size on an APS-C sensor cam
- The moon is brighter than you might think, but that's only logical: the sun is shining brightly onto the surface.
- don't use the flash. It simply doesn't help
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