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Shooting the Moon

sachin

Standard Member
Hello everyone,

How would I take very close up pictures of the moon? What kind of lens would I need?

Thanks,

Sachin
 

eduk

Distinguished Member
Hello everyone,

How would I take very close up pictures of the moon? What kind of lens would I need?

Thanks,

Sachin

How about using a telescope with adapter?
 

eduk

Distinguished Member
I don't have a telescope but I was wondering is there any zoom lens I could use on my camera to take the pictures?

Not very close-ups as in your OP.

I guess a 400mm with heavy cropping might give you something though. It's something I intend to try at 400mm myself, but the problem I would have, apart from weather, is street lighting.

*I also think full moon shots are flat and boring, I'd shoot half moon etc.
 

senu

Distinguished Member
Not very close-ups as in your OP.

I guess a 400mm with heavy cropping might give you something though. It's something I intend to try at 400mm myself, but the problem I would have, apart from weather, is street lighting.

*I also think full moon shots are flat and boring, I'd shoot half moon etc.
For any close up, a 400mm is a minimum ( even then you would crop) on a crop sensor although you could add a TC
Decent ones cost a bit .. you might want to rent ..or borrow
 

sachin

Standard Member
If you have a 400mm perhaps you would try it and post some pictures up for us to see.

Best bet is, go somewhere where there are no street lights - get away from the big city. It's good weather this time of year for it.
 

eduk

Distinguished Member
If you have a 400mm perhaps you would try it and post some pictures up for us to see.

Best bet is, go somewhere where there are no street lights - get away from the big city. It's good weather this time of year for it.

There are tonnes of images. Have a Google for 400mm moon photograph and you'll see that they are cropped. On the un-cropped ones the Moon appears small.

It really depends what you mean by "very close", for me "very close" means telescope and t-adapter. :)
 

eduk

Distinguished Member

sachin

Standard Member
Actually, here's the thing. I want to buy the 70-200MM canon EF 2.8 IS USM. Once I buy that - is there some converter, extender or adapter (whatever the word is) that would give me 200mm?
 

grey fox

Active Member
I was having a go at this the other night. I'm not very good though as I've only just started photography as a hobby so sorry about the image quality, plus I've just nicked this off my facebook page quickly. I can post up the full sized pic when I get home if you'd like to see it.

I took the attached pic at 300mm which was full zoom on the lense I had, but I hope it gives you an idea. I'm just waiting for a clear night again so I can try and get a pic of the half moon.
 

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senu

Distinguished Member

eduk

Distinguished Member
Actually, here's the thing. I want to buy the 70-200MM canon EF 2.8 IS USM. Once I buy that - is there some converter, extender or adapter (whatever the word is) that would give me 200mm?

There are cheaper 70-200mm f2.8 lenses from Sigma and Tamron. Couple it with a dedicated 2x tele-coverter and it would probably be around the same price as the Canon 70-200mm, but give you the option of using up to 400mm.
 

RajP

Distinguished Member
I have taken this with the Sigma 150-500.... all taken at 500mm.... which is effective to be 750mm due to the 1.5 crop factor.... this is a very nice lens in good light... not that expensive and does what I need it to do...

1.
DSC_4025.jpg by raj-rexgold, on Flickr

another one..

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DSC_8456-2.jpg by raj-rexgold, on Flickr

3. this is the uncropped version..

DSC_8456.jpg by raj-rexgold, on Flickr

This lens does a decent enough job for me, but I wish it could get more detail.. like this one...

Lunar :: lunarmosaic28pane-250of1000-1500.jpg picture by johns_bucketofphotos - Photobucket

I really enjoy taking the photos of the moon... have fun..
:thumbsup:
Raj
 

sachin

Standard Member
I have taken this with the Sigma 150-500.... all taken at 500mm.... which is effective to be 750mm due to the 1.5 crop factor.... this is a very nice lens in good light... not that expensive and does what I need it to do...
Raj


Seriously Raj, these are awesome pictures. But can I just ask what you mean about the 1.5 crop factor?
 

eduk

Distinguished Member
Seriously Raj, these are awesome pictures. But can I just ask what you mean about the 1.5 crop factor?

Wasn't that already answered in another thread of yours?
 

RajP

Distinguished Member
I'm on/have been on a budget and have had ok success with a manual (ie cheap!) 70-300 lens, and have just got a 1.4 kenko TC- I'll post the pic when I get home.

That is something I would also be interested in seeing.. would it work with my Sigma? :smashin:

Raj
 

RajP

Distinguished Member

eduk

Distinguished Member
Cheers Sachin, as to your question about crop factor, Eddiewood has already beaten you up with his reply, I will not intervene... :rotfl:

Oh come off it, it was just a playful tap. :laugh:
 

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