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12-10-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Which lenses are your using for startrails and night sky

Which lenses are your using for startrails and night sky?

Have you got pictures/links also?

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12-10-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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For night sky, I've had good luck with the Samyang/Rokinon 8mm f/3.5.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/115017005099942426830/albums/562644153569...55596215214514
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/115017005099942426830/albums/562644153569...39981624048002
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QuoteOriginally posted by Karl Stevens Quote
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...55596215214514
Karl. This shot of the Milky Way is stunning.
Can you give us a reason for this lens choice vs others? I too would like to take the first steps in night sky/ Astro photography but have a limited budget and would like to know what lenses and why.
12-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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I've had some fun in Iceland with the DA 15mm F4 Limited, not a cheap lens but very handy for Auroras:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YviKJTzUdhdf0ZO967x2etMTjNZETYmyPJy0li...eat=directlink

... and other things:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GLQ_COlTj5CuDwXn5h85XdMTjNZETYmyPJy0li...eat=directlink

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I'll second the DA 15. A great lens for star trails...and a great landscape lens all around.

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12-10-2012, 09:50 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by bpv_UW Quote
I'll second the DA 15
Brandon.
Why the 15/4 and not the 14/2.8?. I am not doubting the quality of those two posts you have included but would I get acceptable results with a manual Samyung? This is a picture I took from the backyard with my K-r and a Tamron 28-70. Its not good but it got me thinking! This was taken on a table with a gorillapod focus (the only tripod I had at the time!)
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I don't have direct experience with the Samyang 14/2.8, but I don't see why it wouldn't work just as well. AF isn't really needed; just have to MF to infinity or thereabouts. The real key is having a cable release (to allow long exposure time) and a very stable tripod and calm conditions.

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My favourite is the DA21 limited, its field of view is quite comfortable, it creates beautiful star bursts around light sources, and it's plenty sharp enough...

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To the OP, what lenses do you already have? I suggest starting from there. Even the 18-55 can be used to learn how to take night sky shots. Camera settings, pointing at an interesting part of the sky, getting a good foreground (sometimes), and processing techniques apply regardless of the lens used.
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The DA 15 is small and has an infinity stop. Optically, I think you could get good results with any of those much larger lenses. . The question is: how much gear do you want to haul around in the dark?

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+1 on the DA15

I also often use the Sigma 10-20

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QuoteOriginally posted by bpv_UW Quote
I'll second the DA 15. A great lens for star trails...and a great landscape lens all around.

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nice!
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mikeSF, your picture with the Sigma 10-20 is great! EXIF claims you exposed for 151 seconds, how did you manage to avoid some star trail on the image? Did you mount the cemara on a telescope mount?

ISO 2500, wow. That's a testament to the quality of the K-5 sensor... I could never pull that off with my K20D.
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i used the O-GPS1 for the long exposure
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
+1 on the DA15

I also often use the Sigma 10-20
Wow! This photo is so amazing and inspiring. The colors are fantastic.
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