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  1. #1
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    Question Taking A Picture Of The Moon With A DMC-FZ7 HELP!

    well last night the moon was perfect and I was like yes i got this high performance camera i can take a good picture of the moon but the only thing i took was and orange dot? is there any setting or manual/custom setting i need to be in to get a good detailed shot? or can it just not do it?

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    Set your metering for spot metering and your focus for spot focus. Put the spot on the moon and take your photo. The camera should do a good job.
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  3. #3
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    Illuminated moon images...

    ...are best shot w/ a tripod using spot AF/spot exposure and employing the 10-second timer and OIS either off or mode 2 (at time of shot if windy). One can also do a bracketed exposure to assist in better exposed image, as well. Remember, the moon is in full sunlight and will usually require ~1/125-second shutter speed when mostly illuminated.

    For best crater details, shoot when moon is <50% illuminated.
    Telecorder [Dave]
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  4. #4
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    how would i go about changing the shutter speed to 1/125?

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    use shutter mode and then the joystick

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    Keep in mind that...

    Quote Originally Posted by xwg
    how would i go about changing the shutter speed to 1/125?
    ... the indicated ~1/125-second shutter speed was an approximation based on my past experiences. It has a lot to do with what phase of the moon and how much is illuminated at the time. The spot AF/spot exposure settings on the digi should do a good job of setting the shutter speed/aperature on P-Mode on its own if its tripod mounted, using the timer and aimed at the illuminated portion of the moon.

    As I suggested, you may also set it for autobracketing at +/- 0.5 or +/- 1.0 EV using the joystick (press up 1X, I believe). This will take 3 images at varying exposures and you can then review to see which setting gives the best exposure...

    Remember, the delete button gives you free film and trying different settings gives you feedback and experience for understanding how the interplay of the settings affect the images...
    Telecorder [Dave]
    Apple Valley, CA
    FZ30+TCON17+RDS
    D50+Nikkor 35 f/2; 18-70 DX; 70-300 VRii + BIGMA 50-500 EX HSM
    Kenko Pro 1.4X TC
    Sigma EX 1.4X TC
    SB-600
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  7. #7
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    Exclamation

    well after trying several different settings and only getting more orange dots I came out with this beautiful (if i had to say) shot....yea and of course i didnt right down what mode or setting i was in
    (Uncopped)


    (Cropped)

  8. #8
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    FZ7 EOZ is

    Extended Optical zoom and is an optical in camera crop. Have you tried photos using this feature on the moon?
    Telecorder [Dave]
    Apple Valley, CA
    FZ30+TCON17+RDS
    D50+Nikkor 35 f/2; 18-70 DX; 70-300 VRii + BIGMA 50-500 EX HSM
    Kenko Pro 1.4X TC
    Sigma EX 1.4X TC
    SB-600
    My Image Galleries

  9. #9
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    no and i dont understand what you are talking about?

    I actually think i got this picture in simple mode (the heart icon)
    Last edited by xwg; 06-16-2006 at 11:13 AM.

  10. #10
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    FZ7/FZ30 Extended Optical Zoom is explained...

    Quote Originally Posted by xwg
    no and i dont understand what you are talking about?

    I actually think i got this picture in simple mode (the heart icon)

    In your manual. Look in the index and read how it works and how to enable it via the MENU...
    Telecorder [Dave]
    Apple Valley, CA
    FZ30+TCON17+RDS
    D50+Nikkor 35 f/2; 18-70 DX; 70-300 VRii + BIGMA 50-500 EX HSM
    Kenko Pro 1.4X TC
    Sigma EX 1.4X TC
    SB-600
    My Image Galleries

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