Supervised by
Takayuki Yoshida

D810A Shooting Guide



For photographing the moon's surface, activating the electronic front-curtain shutter is immensely effective for eliminating the camera's minute vibration to achieve ultimate sharpness.

Combining a long-focal-length telescope with the D810A allows you to photograph the moon's surface and landscapes in the finest detail, with a highest resolution image of 36.3 million effective megapixels. However, this also exaggerates the minutest shake which would otherwise be unnoticed in astrophotography captured with other cameras. For shooting the surface of the moon, setting the camera’s release mode to (mirror-up) and using the electronic front-curtain shutter will absolutely minimize the camera shake because there is no vibration produced by the mirror or mechanical front-shutter's movements.

Optical system: 20 cm Newtonian reflector telescope and Takahashi MT-200 collector, at 1600 mm, f/8. Equatorial mount: Auto guide with Takahashi NJP PYXIS, Shutter speed: 1/100 s, ISO sensitivity: ISO 125

Section highlighted in red is cropped and enlarged.

Electronic front-curtain shutter: Enabled

Mirror-up mode: Disabled

Electronic front-curtain shutter: Disabled

• Illustration of the camera shake

Setting the electronic front-curtain shutter


Enable the electronic front-curtain shutter via "d5" in the Custom Settings menu.
During live view photography, pressing the button will give you direct access to the setup menu to quickly enable or disable the electronic front-curtain shutter.


Set the release mode to (mirror-up).

While pressing the release mode dial lock release, rotate the release mode dial to

Note: Even if the electronic front-curtain shutter is enabled in mode, the mechanical shutter is always used in other release modes.