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grnzbra Silver Member  Springfield, US  Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011 Tue 18-Jun-13 06:52 PM
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"Live View with Lens Stopped Down"



This weekend there will be a super moon which I would like to shoot with a 5100. For all critical focusing needs, I use live view because I don't believe autofocus is accurate enough. When viewing the moon in live view, it shows up as only a bright light in the sky with no detail. I focus on the edge of the moon. If, however, I were able to see surface detail, which shows up quite well in the resulting picture, I believe I could get my focus sharper. Is there any way to force the diaphragm to stop down to its preset level while still viewing in live view?

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Reply message RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library
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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library   Hatboro, Pa, US  Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009 Wed 19-Jun-13 01:03 AM
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#1. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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If you set the aperture before turning on LiveView you will be at the preset aperture. I assume you are using aperture priority mode.

I have taken hundreds of moon photos but I don't think ever in LiveView mode. I always see lots of detail but never use a lens shorter than 400mm. If the lens has VR I also handhold. Here's a recent moon shot taken with the D800, AFS 300mm f4 and the TC 20E III, wide open.



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grnzbra Silver Member  Springfield, US  Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011 Wed 19-Jun-13 03:20 AM
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Thu 20-Jun-13 12:40 PM by grnzbra


WOW!

How did you focus?

And white balance? I used direct sun, but would something else be better?

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library   Hatboro, Pa, US  Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009 Fri 21-Jun-13 12:01 PM
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Fri 21-Jun-13 12:09 PM by Leonard62


>WOW!
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>How did you focus?
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>And white balance? I used direct sun, but would something else
>be better?
>

I used single point AF-S, spot metering and Auto WB. The focus accuracy with this lens is dead on and didn't require fine tuning, even with the TC.

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grnzbra Silver Member  Springfield, US  Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011 Fri 21-Jun-13 04:31 PM
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Thank you very much for the assistance. I will be trying it this weekend and see how things work out.

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grnzbra Silver Member  Springfield, US  Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011 Mon 24-Jun-13 03:37 PM
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Where did you place the focusing spot. The surface is all gray and white at best. Is there a particularly good spot on the moon that yeilds better focusing results than at other spots?

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library   Hatboro, Pa, US  Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009 Mon 24-Jun-13 06:44 PM
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Mon 24-Jun-13 07:02 PM by Leonard62


I just center the moon in my viewfinder. The single center point is on the center of the moon. I just fire away. I'm guessing since the moon is fairly small in the viewfinder that the focus point is large enough to cover a fairly large area of the surface.

Here's an example from a shot I took on Friday.



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grnzbra Silver Member  Springfield, US  Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011 Tue 25-Jun-13 02:58 PM
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Very interresting. This picture looks positively soft compared to your first picture, which looks extra crispy. Is that due to the sun being at a more pronounced angel, thus producing more pronounced shadows, in the first picture? Or has the first pic been through post processing? All of my pix look like the second picture.

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library   Hatboro, Pa, US  Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009 Tue 25-Jun-13 04:09 PM
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#8. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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Tue 25-Jun-13 04:12 PM by Leonard62


A full moon will always have less detail because there are fewer shadows. Your photos will require more post processing because of the lower contrast. My photo was not quite a full moon. You can see more detail at the bottom where there are shadows. All my moon photos require some post.

edit: Also the second photo was taken on a fairly hazy night. When I took the photo I thought my lens had fogged up but it didn't.

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grnzbra Silver Member  Springfield, US  Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011 Tue 25-Jun-13 04:45 PM
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Thank you. You've taught me a lot.

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