General_T wrote in post #16933826
I am looking into trying some of this Astro photography with a camera.
I was thinking about getting the iOptron Skyguider as a mount (know nothing about these things but from what I have read this should be good for doing exposures?)
I currently have the lens listed in my sig. From what I have read a wide angle seems to be preferred for this sort of shooting. Can anyone recommend which lens would be the best to use when starting out in this.
Samynag 24mm F1.4. Seriously. It's $500, and better than the 24L for astro. Less coma. Sharper. It's just an incredible wide field astro lens for full frame. You don't even need a tracker with it. But if you do get a tracker, the iOptron will let you do incredible exposures with minimal ISO's, so that you don't have to do as much post clean up. Or you can combine tracking and ISO for burst exposures to do a lot of really huge light gathers in short periods of time. Like 2 minute exposures at ISO 1600 for example, it would look super clean.
Look at NCHANT's work with the Samyang 24mm F1.4, you will be sold. He specifically has a thread that compares the 24L to the Samyang and the Samyang takes it pretty handedly.
With the saved cash, get a Rokinon 14mm F2.8 to compliment as an ultrawide. Trust me you'll want both. I shoot at these equivalent focal lengths and I often am either at one end or the other of ultrawide and wide for milky way and other wide field astro. I'm sure you've possibly seen my iOptron thread so you know what it looks like.