How to get close-up shots of the moon?

edited March 2012 Posted in » Canon T2i Forum
What settings do I use other than manual focus to get a close up picture of the moon? I zoom in on it, then manually focus it, and the zoom seems to pull back away and make the moon appear smaller. Thanks


  • Howdy @ehufsmi - What you're probably seeing is a large out of focus moon when you first zoom to full telephoto. Then as you adjust focus, the moon "appears" to get smaller. Bokeh (out-of-focus blur) tends to make subjects seem larger than when the subject is properly focused. In order to get "closer" to the moon, you'll need to crop your images (tighter framing) or use a lens with longer reach. Hope that makes sense. Happy shooting! :)
  • edited March 2012
    These are the settings I normally use to take shots of the moon...

    Lens: Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
    Mode: Manual
    Shutter speed: 1/400
    Aperture: f/8
    ISO: 400
    Focal length: 250mm
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