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


Springfield, US
          

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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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Wed 19-Jun-13 01:03 AM
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#1. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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Hatboro, Pa, US
          

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

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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 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Fri 21-Jun-13 12:01 PM
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Fri 21-Jun-13 12:09 PM by Leonard62

Hatboro, Pa, US
          

>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 Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011Fri 21-Jun-13 04:31 PM
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Springfield, US
          

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 Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011Mon 24-Jun-13 03:37 PM
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#5. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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Springfield, US
          

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 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Mon 24-Jun-13 06:44 PM
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Mon 24-Jun-13 07:02 PM by Leonard62

Hatboro, Pa, US
          

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 Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011Tue 25-Jun-13 02:58 PM
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#7. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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Springfield, US
          

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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#8. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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Tue 25-Jun-13 04:12 PM by Leonard62

Hatboro, Pa, US
          

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 Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011Tue 25-Jun-13 04:45 PM
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#9. "RE: Live View with Lens Stopped Down"
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Thank you. You've taught me a lot.

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