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This is the shot that was going to be taken last night; with the digital and film cameras.
It didn't happen because last night was cloudy and overcast
Tonight it was crystal clear again.
So this shot was taken with the D300 with the 300m lens. (best viewed Large)
And duplicated with the F5, with EKta 100.
All the settings are the same as the previous shot with the exception of the aperture, which this evening proved best at f6.3.
Even though the moon is on the wane, I think that this is a better shot that the one taken on the 29th November.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Dec 2012 - 11:18 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:On the Wane
Username:strokebloke strokebloke
Uploaded:1 Dec 2012 - 10:54 PM
Tags:Digi/film, General, Luna
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2 Dec 2012 - 12:14 AM

good early morning Jack yes last night was not good and tonight i did not have the chance but will try the technic soon...good result again


banehawi Critique Team 111264 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3286 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 2:53 AM

getting better


MossyOak  3 England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:33 AM

Getting better and better Jack. Was this manually focussed or autofocus? Like you I keep trying. A great improvement which is what it is all about.


Good morning Willie and Richard.
This was manual focus.
I did try it with the 2x convertor on, but the camera didn't like that at all. It locked-up and produced an r12 code on the top plate.
It took several minutes to clear itself. I'll have a look through the manual this morning to determine what the r12 code means.
The F5 struggled to focus. Even manually. Set to the same settings, alongside the D300 on it's own tripod.
I only managed to get two shots off, that I was sure had focused correctly.
It was very dark last night. Perhaps the F5 was struggling due to the low light.

As you say, constant effort brings about improvement. Hopefully Smile
I may now leave this until the moon is coming up to the full at the end of December. Then try again.
It is a gorgeous frosty morning here in Northampton.
So two benefits: an acknowledged better shot, and a nice morning to follow

Thanks to both of you, for your encouragement



Super detail recorded here Jack. I admire your resilience against the cold to capture such a fine image.


I'm a Northumbrian Chris, so I am fairly inured to Northamptonshire's levels of cold. Grin
I tend to get immersed in what I'm doing and only really feel the effects afterward.
It's based on the old maxim of "no sense - no feeling" GrinGrin

2 Dec 2012 - 12:36 PM

Superb Lunar shot, excellent detail, I have never managed to get a decent shot of the moon



Great shot/detail.


Quote: Hand held?
You don't fancy a job as a tripod, do you? Grin
That is very impressive. Must be a good lens.
Interesting settings

I did lean against a wall Wink
The lens has an inbuilt stabiliser, but I switched it off as the camera has inbuilt stabilisation as well, also higher iso's means higher shutter speeds.
Tried auto setting at first to get a ballpark figure then switched to Manual and fiddled around a bit


I take it that you are pleased with the lens.
Very well done.


Quote: I take it that you are pleased with the lens.

The reviews aren't that good, but I think for someone of my ability it is more than good enough.


Wonderful. Beautifully exposed, great light and tone.




like it

mustangaz  10 England
4 Dec 2012 - 8:13 PM

Nice detail around the shadows good shot.

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