Video Shooting the Moon Setting on Canon 550d with Tamron 300mm lens

It’s been always a dream to see Moon from very close distance. Every earthling can not dream of being Neil Armstrong or Edwin Aldrin, but you¬†definitely¬†like to see these celestial objects from convenience of your home or city. Now that DSLRs are becoming cheaper and other 3rd party lenses are also becoming affordable, you can think of doing at least Moon Gazing from your home.

The reasons we can not see those details of Moon with naked eye is that our eyes can not adjust as per Moon light intensity and our Eyes and basic cameras have limitations of zoom capability.

I had also attempted with 10x optical zoom 9 mega pixel Canon camera but failed to get details of craters on the Moon. This time I tried with Canon 550D SLR. The lens which came along is 18-55mm lens and does not give zoom capability. There are cheaper alternatives for Canon, Nikon and Sony SLRs. These are manufactured by SIGMA or TAMRON. Buying these lenses is like price to performance compromise to some extent. Original lenses by Canon, Nikon or Sony are lightweight, fast and even work in low light condition. Many of them already come with Image Stabilizer. If you can get lens with Image Stabilizer for shooting MOON, then it is better, but I didn’t had that choice. My Tamron 70-300mm lens is without Image Stabilizer. And Tripod is must for shooting MOON.

This video is shot with crop view mode feature of Canon 550D with full 300mm zoom and manual focus.

For Post processing, Audio Loops are generated using Apple GarageBand and Video Mixing and Editing is done using Apple iMovie.

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