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    Is it possible to uncork a DECENT moonshot with a Canon EF 75-300mm zoom lens? It is 1:4-5.6 USM III I'm skeptical that there would be any great detail in the shot at 300mm. Most great moonshots I've seen have been shot with an 800mm with 1.4TCs on them...since I'm decidedly NOT in that league of lenses yet is it worth my while with a 300mm??? I saw a shot someone said they took with a 300mm in manual mode...it looked pretty darned good...but he must have enlarged the image. Should I do this manually on a tripod or just Av Auto ISO it considering how quick its moving in the sky? Thank you! I will be using my Canon T4i
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    read this older post!!! good luck and nothing is impossible!!!

    How to shoot the Moon in Hi-Def.
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    Sure is!! Here are mine taken with that lens.
    The "Super moon" from a few months back

    Then another of a 1/2 moon

    I used a tripod on manual mode. let me find the exif for you.

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    1st shot
    300 mm
    ss1/250
    f/13
    ISO 100
    2nd shot
    Focal length 300mm
    SS 1/200
    f5.6
    ISO 100

    Oh and yes these have been cropped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidijens1 View Post
    1st shot
    300 mm
    ss1/250
    f/13
    ISO 100
    2nd shot
    Focal length 300mm
    SS 1/200
    f5.6
    ISO 100
    Thank you SO much!!!! Great shots!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fototaker View Post
    read this older post!!! good luck and nothing is impossible!!!

    How to shoot the Moon in Hi-Def.
    Thanks Foto !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenscapade View Post
    Thank you SO much!!!! Great shots!!!!
    Your welcome. and one more thing. Use the timer on your camera so there is not movement from you pressing the shutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidijens1 View Post
    Your welcome. and one more thing. Use the timer on your camera so there is not movement from you pressing the shutter.
    Will do!!!! I'm going to shoot it in "live view"...I'll 10x the screen to help with focus
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    Also remember a fast shutter speed. The moon has no shortage of light. And while it may not look like it when you're staring at it with just your eye, you can visibly see it move through the viewfinder at those focal lengths. So be prepared for a lot of recomposing lol.
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    at 300mm on a canon crop sensor you are getting the equivalent of 480mm. I regularly use my 350mm zoom on the moon, and then crop afterwards.
    A tripod is the best way but I sometimes shoot handheld if I am in a rush for instance this is the exif for a half-moon daytime shot handheld.

    Camera Canon EOS 40D
    Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture f/8.0
    Focal Length 350 mm
    ISO Speed 200
    Exposure Bias -1/3 EV

    Whereas this was a nighttime half moon on a tripod

    Camera Canon EOS 40D
    Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture f/8.0
    Focal Length 350 mm
    ISO Speed 200
    Exposure Bias 0 EV

    A full moon would look something like this

    Camera Canon EOS 40D
    Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
    Aperture f/8.0
    Focal Length 350 mm
    ISO Speed 100
    Exposure Bias 0 EV

    Some key things to remember is that the sweet spot for the lens should be between f8 to f11, keep your ISO low between 100 and 200 and your shutter speed higher the better.
    Shooting in RAW and under exposing the shot can help to, in PP you can then adjust for exposure and contrast.

    The best set up I find is full manual with a tripod and shutter release using live-view and zooming in at 10x. I will then take a series of shots with minor adjustments to the focus.

    Also try to keep the moon away from the edges of the frame and don't worry if it doesn't look properly exposed on the camera preview screen.

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