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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2013, 09:13:42 AM »
I live in western Kansas & it is the same here for me, I can drive a few miles & basically have very little to no light pollution at all. I have a 5dIII & I love to do Milky Way shots! As you can see in my signature below I have a few fast lenses for that type of photography. I get some good images with the gear that I have, however I am still looking for the PERFECT lens. I think that I have found it though!! The Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 lens.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/839987-REG/Zeiss_1871766_Distagon_T_25mm_f_2_0.html

What you need in a Milky Way lens is exceptionally sharp wide open, wide to ultra-wide focal length & a fast aperture (f/2.8 or faster). This lens is (in my opinion) the ultimate Milky Way lens!! I'm not alone in that thinking either. I know of another guy that bought this lens just for a trip up North to shoot the northern lights. This conclusion has been probably two years in the making, I'm very serious about my Milky Way photography & I'm out for perfection!
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2013, 09:13:42 AM »

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2013, 01:31:58 PM »
Would a 24 mm TS-E II or the 8-15 mm fisheye be good for this type of capture?

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2013, 06:03:09 PM »
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2013, 07:49:12 PM »
i was looking pretty hard at the zeiss 25mmf2 also, but i found it's not really best at infinity. I read something alluding to that somewhere, i can't recall, but then later i do remember Roger at lensrentals mentioning it a few times. No doubt a very good lens, but astro work might not be in it's design brief. A search of the lensrental site should dig it up if your interested. i know i wasn't about to drop that amount of coin for a MF nonweather sealed f2 lens unless is was unrivaled.

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2013, 11:42:04 PM »
+1 for Rokinon / Samyang 14mm.  I would recommend even without considering what a great value the lens represents. I have owned it and the 14mm L II from Canon.  Now I only own the Rokinon / Samyang

Here's one of the subject you desire shot with my Roki 14mm and the 5DII

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2013, 12:58:53 AM »
Here is an example of using the 8-15mm Fisheye I took. Although I did use a long exposure to get star trails. Hopefully it is still informative for you.

I also have used the TS-E 24mm II for astrophotography and have quite enjoyed it, however I can definitely understand wanting the EF 24mm 1.4 opposed to it for that specific use. Here is an example although I do not have any Milky Way shots with the 24mm.

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2013, 01:07:37 AM »
Here is an example of using the 8-15mm Fisheye I took. Although I did use a long exposure to get star trails. Hopefully it is still informative for you.

I also have used the TS-E 24mm II for astrophotography and have quite enjoyed it, however I can definitely understand wanting the EF 24mm 1.4 opposed to it for that specific use. Here is an example although I do not have any Milky Way shots with the 24mm.

How did you manage to fit a filter in front of the fisheye? Or you just used bulb mode in near darkness?

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2013, 01:07:37 AM »

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2013, 02:51:42 AM »
Here is an example of using the 8-15mm Fisheye I took. Although I did use a long exposure to get star trails. Hopefully it is still informative for you.

I also have used the TS-E 24mm II for astrophotography and have quite enjoyed it, however I can definitely understand wanting the EF 24mm 1.4 opposed to it for that specific use. Here is an example although I do not have any Milky Way shots with the 24mm.

How did you manage to fit a filter in front of the fisheye? Or you just used bulb mode in near darkness?

No filter used, just a ~15 minute exposure. It was extremely dark though and was difficult to compose easily. I end up illuminating the center focus point and looking through the viewfinder with both eyes open and focusing to infinity (with my eyes, not the lens) to superimpose the focus point on what I am directly looking at straight ahead with my other eye, if that makes any sense. It is usually surprisingly accurate and definitely eliminates having to waste several long exposure shots just getting things composed well.


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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2013, 01:11:08 PM »
I attended a presentation given by Jennifer Wu last night. She is a Canon Explorer of Light photographer:

http://www.jenniferwu.com

This lady loves to do time-lapse and still photography of the night sky.  She travels to where the dark skies are.

She uses many of Canon's UWA and WA lenses including the 24 1.4L to photography the night sky.
Granted, she has access to high quality gear via CPS but she recommends stopping this lens down to 2.8 or even 5.6 to reduce coma. 

Yeah, she's probably shooting with a 1Dx or 5D MK3 but she understands the limits of her gear and uses it to her advantage.

She's also in the process of releasing a book on night sky photography.


Get the 24mm f/1.4L II lens.
That lens has terrible coma for star shots. Please see:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13722.msg247717#msg247717

More:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50949062
http://www.lenstip.com/245.7-Lens_review-Canon_EF_24_mm_f_1.4L_II_USM_Coma_and_astigmatism.html
http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/2013/02/overcoming-coma-aberration-part-2.html
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2013, 02:27:48 PM »
I don't know if it's the best lens for the job, but I took some astrophotos with my 16-35mm II.  This lens also gives you the flexibility to use in non-astro situations.
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2013, 03:48:25 PM »
well, it's not the 28 f 1.8, not wide open anyway. My Rokinon 14 f2.8 came today so I'll play with it tonight if the clouds hold off. This the lower left corner from 5Dm3.
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2013, 07:47:23 PM »


She uses many of Canon's UWA and WA lenses including the 24 1.4L to photography the night sky.
Granted, she has access to high quality gear via CPS but she recommends stopping this lens down to 2.8 or even 5.6 to reduce coma. 

Just what one wants to have to do with the expensive as hell 24L they just bought, stop it down to F2.8 or gasp F5.6.  Must be cool to be restricted by being tied to Canon when giving recommendations. 

Stopping way down for say Milky Way shots isn't using the limitations knowledge of the gear to their advantage.    It's using just Canon gear to their disadvantage. 

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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #28 on: May 09, 2013, 08:36:09 AM »
What about canon 15mm fisheye?

The 24 1.4II is pretty much unusable under 2.8.
The Rokinon 14 2.8 as I heard is pretty good and also the 16-35 II is pretty good,
but I never heard anyone using a 15 mm fisheye and than de-fisheye it.

If you de-fisheye in photoshop a raw image you loose a lot of sharpness?
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2013, 11:44:32 AM »
What does everyone think about the Rokinon 35mm 1.4?  I'm considering it because I saw on Gizmodo that you can get one for about $350.  I'm thinking that a fast 35 might come in handy for a lot more compared to a 14mm.  My only concern is it being to tight.  The Rokinon 24 seems great but spending $600 on a third party manual focus lens just seems like a lot.
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Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2013, 11:44:32 AM »