The Best Lenses for astrophotography and photographing the Milky Way

by Staff March 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

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  1. I got the sigma 24mm 1.8 mainly to photograph the milky way. I've tried it a few times (far away from light pollution) and the results were very pore. I was expecting to get detailed and colourful images of the milky way, but instead I just got a slightly white area in the sky. I am quite disappointed about this and would love it if anyone could help? Is it because my camera isn't good enough? (I've got the Canon EOS Rebel T3) Or is it the lenses fault? (Btw I shot at 25" F1.8 and ISO 3200) Thanks.

  2. +Nick Page or anyone seeing this:
    I have a Rebel t6s with 2 lenses to choose from: the kit 18-135 and an EF 50mm 1.4. Which would you recommend for astrophotography? It's all I can choose from at the moment. Also, do you use the camera's "long exposure noise reduction" or advise against that? Thanks for the vid!

  3. Some of the comments in this thread mention Samyang/Rokinon wide angle, large aperture Primes. I own a Rokinon 85mm f1.4 and it has superb sharpness, and feels lovely in the hand (it's almost all metal, no plastic except the hood). I tested it against my Canon 24-105 f4.0L on a variety of subjects ranging from 30' distance to infinity, and in every shot, viewed at 100% pixel zoom in ACR, the Rokinon was clearly sharper than the Canon at large apertures. My point here is that, although Samyang lenses are far less expensive than Canon "L" series lenses of equivalent focal length, they are NOT poor in optical or build quality. They are fully manual, so acheiving sharp focus takes some care and practice, but you can hardly buy a sharper lens unless you spend big bucks for "L" series Primes, and I would not assume that the Canon would be noticeably superior to the Samyang, even at 5x the purchase price. I think I will look into these wider angle Rokinon's (my 85mm is obviously not too good for astrophotography).

  4. Hey nick I wanted to know if you could help me out. I have an 18-35mm and 75-300mm canon lenses but they both lenses don't have the dial to put the focus on infinity, do you think I could still catch some pictures of the Milky Way with out that feature on both lenses?

  5. Unfortunately infinity is not calibrated properly on those canon lenses and many other lenses out there. Can't simply go manual on focus and turn it to where it ends.

  6. … so if the edges come out very distorted out of the 24mm… can't you just use 24mm on your 16mm-35mm and get rid of distortion while not sacrificing the detail by having to crop? Or is the brightness vs noise is so bad that you must use the faster lens?

  7. If I set my ISO high I'm not able to change the exposure time to be more than a few seconds (meaning 1-3 seconds approximately)  Is this the problem of my camera or is there a problem in my settings?

  8. Hmmm another photographer i follow mentioned the 600 rule, I see here you mentioned the 500 rule, where is this rule and I'm wondering why both give a different value, does the value change depending upon some sort of circumstances?

  9. helpful hints. i am currently trying to brush up on my photography skills but the equipment to do all the fancy things is so darned expensive.  have you ever rented any equipment from online sites?  i've been reading about it.

  10. Is it possible to use an F4 lens for Astro?  I had a Sony 16-35 2.8 for Astro, but I didn't like the size and weight hiking with that ontop of attaching an adapter. So I am planning on getting the sony fe 16-35 f4 lens for the Sony A7.  I do plan on getting a prime 25 f2.0 for astro down the line, so another question is, is 25 wide enough?

  11. Loved learning more about lenses and how they work.  Also, thanks for the verbal critique.  It helps me to know what to look for in a photo.  I'd love to learn how to do the photoshop layers during the day when we are doing the workshop.

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