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Aug 15, 2013 10:05 |  #16

I used the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 recently and was very pleased with the results. See the Tokina 16-28mm image thread. I know it's above budget but I personally don't have any experience with a milky way lens under $350.


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Aug 15, 2013 12:00 |  #17

Any of the Samyang options are excellent. I've shot with the Samyang 14mm, Zeiss 21 (probably over budget), and the Samyang 35mm. More samples in the night photography section of my website.

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Aug 15, 2013 12:12 |  #18

^^ damn

I'de grab that 14 samyang if I ever had a chance..... being a city slicker certainly doesnt help, too much light pollution.


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Aug 15, 2013 12:33 |  #19

Whoa, those are amazing results. The million dollar question is, if you don't mind sharing ... how did you end up with those results? Stacking/composites? Or just good LR work?


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Aug 15, 2013 14:09 as a reply to  @ Z0RR0's post |  #20

Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 14mm is an awesome lens for astro work. They do have some QC issues, so you would have to make sure you throughly test the lens out to make sure it's up to your standards. I have the Rokinon 14mm, and I use it exclusively for my astro work. I did have the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II which is another great lens for astro work. But you really can't be $350 lens which is sharp from corner to corner. Although you have to correct for distortion in post, which can be fine, but you'll soon get the hang of it.

Here is a recent shot from my Rokinon 14mm:

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Aug 15, 2013 14:27 |  #21

nice one. Seriously considering the 14mm rokinon/samyang/whatev​er




  
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Aug 15, 2013 15:19 |  #22

Tokina 16-28, f/2.8 at 15 seconds.

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Aug 15, 2013 16:11 as a reply to  @ madhatter04's post |  #23

I'm surprised how very few people mention vignetting when talking about night sky lenses. I find the amount of vignetting to be the largest factor in how well a lens performs, especially when stitching, which is often done with the galactic core (milky way).

In that regard, the Nikon 14-24 (with Canon adapter of course) is the best performer in having wide optics and far less vignetting than other lenses out there. But if cost is a problem, then you need to start making compromises, but the Sam-bower 14mm for around $300 doesn't have many compromises for such a drastically lower price.


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Aug 15, 2013 19:41 |  #24

right now im still leaning more towards the samyang 14 2.8. now.. if only i can find it used... lol


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Aug 15, 2013 20:32 as a reply to  @ BFox549's post |  #25

Some amazing work here in this thread.


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Aug 15, 2013 23:43 |  #26

also, i saw that i can get an Olympus OM Zuiko 24 2.8 for about $200 on ebay. it's a pretty sharp lens, here's a flickr page about it:
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or, how does a fisheye lens look for astrophotography? the zenitar 16 2.8 goes for $200ish new. heres a flickr page for it:
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Sep 23, 2013 10:27 |  #27

Guys I've always wanted to make photos of the stars like this and I don't get how you guys do it. haha Someone teach me the ways.


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Sep 23, 2013 12:06 |  #28

jonathanheierle wrote in post #16318429 (external link)
Guys I've always wanted to make photos of the stars like this and I don't get how you guys do it. haha Someone teach me the ways.

The basics are straightforward. Set up on a sturdy tripod with a wideangle lens, manually focused on the stars (don't just wind it round to the end of travel, because modern lenses will let you go beyond the infinity focus point). High ISO (1600 or 3200), lens at its widest aperture, or maybe one stop closed, and an exposure of 15-20 seconds. A dark sky will be a big help - from cities, you end up overexposing the light pollution. It can be processed out quite effectively if you know what you're doing, but that would be a longer post.


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Sep 23, 2013 18:29 |  #29

jonathanheierle wrote in post #16318429 (external link)
Guys I've always wanted to make photos of the stars like this and I don't get how you guys do it. haha Someone teach me the ways.

you've got the perfect lens for it...take your camera, tokina, and a tripod...wait for a night with no moon...drive out to west marin...find an open field, and point the camera to the sky limit your exposure to ~30sec to avoid star trails


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Sep 23, 2013 20:47 |  #30

Sorry for the clueless comment, but how do you focus further than infinity?


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