Moon shot using Lumix FZ18

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by aniramca, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. aniramca

    aniramca Guest

    I took this shot a few days ago. The original digital exif data were
    F5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO100. Photo was taken at 7:00 PM with the sunset at
    the opposite site at 7:30PM. Original image was then cropped and a
    maximum contrast was utilized to bring the light blue sky to black.
    I could not recall what focal length was the photo taken, but I did
    not use any tripod. It was not dark yet as the sun was still shining
    close to the horizon on the opposite site. With the naked eye, the
    moon was just a slight fading white colour in light blue background. I
    did not expect to show its contrast as shown in the processed photo.
    aniramca, Sep 24, 2007
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    Bob Williams Guest

    The photo is pretty good but the shooting conditions were much less than
    Now try it against a dark sky, using a tripod
    Your ISO, f-stop and speed look about right but make sure your F.L. is
    full Tele. That is what separates the FZ-18 from the rest of the herd.
    Bob Williams, Sep 24, 2007
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    Davy Guest

    You might find the moon displayed better on Wednesday evening about 7pm when
    the harvest moon rises.
    Davy, Sep 24, 2007
  4. .... and when using a tripod, don't forget to turn the IS off!


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    Fco Guest


    I don't understand why you have to switch the I.S. off when using a tripod.

    I understood that it is not useful when using a tripod, but is it also
    convenient to switch it off?


    Fco, Sep 24, 2007
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    Saguenay Guest

    This one is dated yesterday (but not from a Lumix or other Leica...):

    On a bean bag placed on the roof of my car.

    Saguenay, Sep 24, 2007
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    I am told that the 'loose' element in the Panasonic Leica lenses is
    reacting to movement and is thus vibrating very slightly even when the
    camera is stationary. To avoid all movement of this element, swith off
    the IS.

    I can confirm that tripod based pix with my Panny's are just slightly
    sharper with the IS off. (I know because I keep forgetting to switch it


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    Paul Furman Guest

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    Rich Guest

    Geez! This shot was taken with a $300 telescope and a $400 DSLR body:

    "DSLRs: Try one, you'll never go back to P&S superzooms."
    Rich, Sep 24, 2007
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    aniramca Guest

    Unfortunately, it is likely that the weather will not cooperate with
    me on Sept 26 full moon. I have to look for my old tripod, dusting in
    my basement.
    aniramca, Sep 25, 2007
  11. Snip..

    Do tell.. I have a pentax K10D.. What do I need in a store bought
    telescope? (that will connect up that is..)
    I wouldn't mind something with automatic tracking....
    Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.
    If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.
    John Wayne 1907-1979

    Chuck (in SC)
    Chuck (in SC), Sep 25, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    You can buy a achromatic refractor telescope (4-5" front lens
    diameter) on a driven mount for around $400-$700. They produces very
    good images, but avoid ones with fast (f5, 6) focal ratios, go for f8
    or longer.. Or, you can get a small apochormatic (high level of
    correction) for around $330-$500 without a drive.
    They tend to be portable. Another good alternative would be a small
    Maksutov Telescope (Meade Instruments, Orion). They are highly
    compact, high performance but cost more. You need a T-ring and a T-
    adapter to attach a camera to the scope. You can also use the scope's
    "eyepieces" to increase the effective focal length. Celestron, Meade,
    Orion, Adorama all sell them.
    Rich, Sep 25, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    Full Moons are not great targets. The Sunlight is hitting them face
    on, and as a result they show little crater detail. Better to shoot
    that at half phase.
    Rich, Sep 25, 2007
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    fotofactor Guest

    Use the Neat Image
    fotofactor, Oct 5, 2007
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