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Shutter speed I cannot remember the aperture, but when I try to take a picture of the moon with my FZ20, even @ 2.8 aperture, I certainly do not have 1/100s shutter speed, but more like 1/10 or even less (P mode). I wonder if there is a problem with my camera ? How can I check that it is correct ? Can someone with experience of moon shot give me some "standard" shutter/aperture so I can compare ?

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Re: Shutter speed

Rule of thumb I read was f11 and then 1/ISO for shutter speed. This means that if you're using ISO 100, you use 1/100. ISO 80, then 1/80. White balance set to SUN (because moon is reflecting sunlight). Wait! My camera doesn't do f11!!! Mine, the FZ20, can only do f8, which is more open and therefore lets in more light. So you would need to speed up the shutter to compensate. Moronically, I don't know how many full stops there are between 8 and 11, so I cannot tell you how much to compensate for. :) I think the number I worked before was around 1/150 at ISO 100. And use a tripod.

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