What happened was, we came home late and there was that Supermoon beaming through the trees. So I screwed the big ol’ 400mm Tokina onto the Fujifilm camera and got a pretty decent picture even though there was quite a bit of haze. It’s so much easier when you’re not using an SLR.
I’ve done this before, with a 2007-vintage Pentax DSLR and a zoom stretched to 210mm. But it was hard, involving guesswork; and a lot of Lightrooming.
With an EVF it’s just no pain. Since I don’t have a tripod mount for the big lens, I decided I better shoot pretty fast. But I didn’t want the ISO-6400 grain. And I suspected that F8 was the lens’s best aperture.
Then the rest was easy. Because I was using an EVF. As in Electronic Viewfinder. As in, it shows you what the sensor is recording (well, to be exact, I’m pretty sure it shows you the JPEG the camera would generate; close enough). So I put the aperture at F8 and the max-ISO at 1600 and cranked the shutter speed up, looking through the viewfinder till I was seeing a nice palette of greys and nothing looked blown-out. I ended up at 1/1000sec, which I never would have guessed at.
Why would anyone use any other kind of viewfinder?