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Jan 09, 2018 10:08 |  #3946

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So i presume that is manual focus like most of their others. How are you finding it is to dial that in for nightscapes and what not without auto focus and setting it to infinity?

most, if not all lenses don't work in AF for shooting dark sky images, and many in my experience require some fiddling and experimenting to get proper focus, most do not get critical focus at infinity. I have rented two different Sigma 20Art lenses, and both of them were a bit different for what was critical. My Batis 18 is pretty easy with the OLED, you can see it at night and after using the SharpStar to help, I know what point is perfect focus for stars.


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Jan 09, 2018 20:39 |  #3947

irishguy0224 wrote in post #18536986 (external link)
So i presume that is manual focus like most of their others. How are you finding it is to dial that in for nightscapes and what not without auto focus and setting it to infinity?

I use the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, also manual focus. I dial in focus on a distant object in the daylight, then use some electrical tape on the lens to hold the focus ring in place.


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Jan 09, 2018 23:52 |  #3948

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I use the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, also manual focus. I dial in focus on a distant object in the daylight, then use some electrical tape on the lens to hold the focus ring in place.

That’s never worked for me. I always bump it where the electrical tape didn’t hold. I usually just live view the moon or some brighter star in 5x mode and then switch to MF and recheck every so often.


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Jan 10, 2018 14:08 |  #3949

I zoom in with live view to a bright star and set focus manually then try not to touch the focus ring from that point on


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Jan 11, 2018 10:35 |  #3950

all great recommendations. thanks a ton everyone!



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Jan 12, 2018 15:53 |  #3951

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most, if not all lenses don't work in AF for shooting dark sky images, and many in my experience require some fiddling and experimenting to get proper focus, most do not get critical focus at infinity. I have rented two different Sigma 20Art lenses, and both of them were a bit different for what was critical. My Batis 18 is pretty easy with the OLED, you can see it at night and after using the SharpStar to help, I know what point is perfect focus for stars.

Sounds like you are looking the Sharp Star. I heard they are more for longer lenses rather than wider ones. It is basically a bhatinov mask commonly used on telescopes, which are longer focal length. Is it worth getting?


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Jan 12, 2018 19:09 |  #3952

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Sounds like you are looking the Sharp Star. I heard they are more for longer lenses rather than wider ones. It is basically a bhatinov mask commonly used on telescopes, which are longer focal length. Is it worth getting?

I do have the SharpStar and find it works great for wide angle too...


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Jan 12, 2018 20:11 |  #3953

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I do have the SharpStar and find it works great for wide angle too...

Thanks, I'll have to look into again.


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Jan 29, 2018 03:03 |  #3954

I haven't posted in here for a bit but went out in the country for some night shooting recently......


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Jan 31, 2018 13:41 as a reply to  @ Maureen Souza's post |  #3955

Really nice shot......if I may be a bit nosey? was this stacked or just PP? You use the 24-70 ? I try to shoot MW as I travel as I home in a urban area....... again, very nice work! ( your composition makes it to me!)


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Jan 31, 2018 14:01 as a reply to  @ Maureen Souza's post |  #3956

I like the composition for sure. I also wonder about how many images were used etc.

On another note, your profile mentions you are from Central CA, where about?

I live in Salinas and always looking to get out with some local people to shoot. Couple friends and I get out occasionally and I am trying to plan a night shot in late Sep. Perhaps you might want to join?




  
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Jan 31, 2018 21:47 as a reply to  @ Shaun Liddy's post |  #3957

This was actually taken just east of Pinnacles National Park...then I drove home throughSalinas. I live in Visalia but I am always out & about in Central Cali. We could for sure plan a meet up. Just PM me.


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Jan 31, 2018 21:49 as a reply to  @ jamesgang1950's post |  #3958

This was two shots.....the foreground I took a little earlier in the evening while the moonlight was available. The sky was later at night & I had to darken it a bit to bring out the MW. Rarely do I do a composite so this was fun for me.


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Feb 26, 2018 15:14 |  #3959

Smooth Reflection milky way blend. Sony A7mkii, Zeiss Batis 18mm. Foreground 16 shot SR app, milky way, single shot.

I went out on Saturday night to shoot the milky way and wanted to try the smooth reflection app for the foreground and blend a single sky shot in. Went to bed early and the sky was crystal clear and unreal. Milky Way core was rising at around 2am so got up and went to the beach for this shot. Unfortunately the cloud had started to come in (was supposed to be crystal clear all night) I managed to get one shot with a little bit of the milky way showing and then shot my SR foreground to blend in.
I stuck it out for an hour and then I couldn't see a single star for the cloud so went home. I will definately try this again for a clean foreground shot.

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Feb 26, 2018 16:59 |  #3960

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Smooth Reflection milky way blend. Sony A7mkii, Zeiss Batis 18mm. Foreground 16 shot SR app, milky way, single shot.

I went out on Saturday night to shoot the milky way and wanted to try the smooth reflection app for the foreground and blend a single sky shot in. Went to bed early and the sky was crystal clear and unreal. Milky Way core was rising at around 2am so got up and went to the beach for this shot. Unfortunately the cloud had started to come in (was supposed to be crystal clear all night) I managed to get one shot with a little bit of the milky way showing and then shot my SR foreground to blend in.
I stuck it out for an hour and then I couldn't see a single star for the cloud so went home. I will definately try this again for a clean foreground shot.

Nice shot, so do you use the app for noise reduction or for long exposure simulation? I think you mentioned the beach so I'm assuming the latter. Does the app do nose reduction similar to median stacking in PS?

You said you got 16 shots but also say you will try again for a clean foreground? I'm just trying to see if I should use the app, I already have it, but do stacking in PS. Thanks


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