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| p.1 #16 · Best lens for night shooting |
I really appreciate all the advice guys, a lot of great help here!
Peakphoto -- What deficiencies are you noticing with the 16-35? Is it weak in the corners/edges? Pronounced coma? It seems like a fairly decent lens for what you are doing, if yours is sharp enough.
Which focal length do you use the most on the 16-35? That will tell you which additional lens to buy.
It is weak in the corners, but I still love it for night shooting. And I'll still use it for night shooting. But as I sort of mentioned before I like to shoot with a few cameras at one time when out night shooting. I often do timelapses, mainly because it increases the chances of getting something like a meteor to complete a shot. It also allows me to stack them together for star trails later in post. So I often set one camera up facing polaris and then another facing the milky way or whatever cool feature is in the area.
I usually go all the way wide on it at 16mm, but I wouldn't mind having my other lens shoot a little more cropped in. Cheers!
Fred Miranda wrote:
Yesterday I posted a thread about a Samyang 24mm f/1.4 on sale and was considering it for myself. From the reviews I have read, it seems to perform better than the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II wide open and at f/2 for night shooting. (Higher resolution in the extreme corners, better coma correction, less CA). Read the discussion here: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1189379
If you need to go wider, there are many options from Zeiss, Samyang and Canon.
Samyang again being the budget choice with great IQ but high distortion.
Are you using a star tracking device like the Astrotrac or Polarie? If so, having a large aperture lens is no longer crucial since you would be exposing the sky for 5-8 minutes with a wide angle lens and blending the foreground in post.
Thanks Fred. And I was reading that thread earlier and I'm really heavily leaning towards the Samyang. Because most of what I do is travel and tour shooting a 24mm F/1.4 probably wouldn't be on my camera much during the day as my 16-35 will cover that range and do just fine and I don't open it much to 2.8 anyways. So the Samyang might be my best bet to save some cash and get a great performer for night shots. I also read this article and it makes a big case for the Samyang for night shooting: http://www.borrowlenses.com/blog/2013/02/the-best-lenses-for-night-photography-a-case-for-rokinon-primes/
And as much as I'd love an star tracking device, I would only be able to use it when shooting close to home as it's not something I have room for when I travel across the world. So I may get one some day, but it's not in the plan for the time being.
David Baldwin wrote:
For me the choice would be between the Samyang 24mm f1.4 and the Canon 24mm f1.4 Mk2. Do you need to shoot faster than f2.8, are you most interested in the middle or edge of your frame? Do you have alot of money? These are the questions for you!
Some good questions to pose. I would love to shoot faster than 2.8 for stars, just to get the best possible result. And along the lines of money... well I am a broke college kid ha. But all my print sales go towards new equipment, I'm at the point now where I have a great telephoto and wideangle with the body I want so it's time for a lens I can have some fun with. I have enough in my print account atm to pay cash for the Canon 24L, but at the same time saving the extra grand could go towards something else. Like a teleconvertor.
Once again, thanks for all the great discussion everyone.