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Re: JMT DSLR Camera Kit

Postby schmalz » Fri May 30, 2014 6:21 pm

Funny, I've been debating the 14 2.8 vs the 24 1.4. I am looking for a lens specifically for night shots. The 14 seems more popular for a few reasons, cost being the primary one I'm sure.

24 seems like it might not be wide enough for some milky way shots.



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Re: JMT DSLR Camera Kit

Postby fishmonger » Sat May 31, 2014 9:13 am

The folks who specialize in night time time lapse seem to prefer the 24mm f/1.4 over any 14mm by a good margin. For best results you need to record as much as possible in less than 20 seconds, otherwise you will get earth rotation issues (few will carry an astro-tracker to compensate for that into the backcountry).

Best setup is a camera that can shoot high ISO at low noise, and a lens that is sharp at f/2.8 or faster. At f/1.4 you get twice as much light on the sensor compared to the f/2.8, and even stopped down to f/2.0 you are still 50% ahead. When it comes to recording faint light, that's a pretty big deal. Also, not shooting super wide increases the size of the stars on the sensor surface, increasing their visibility. 24mm on a full frame camera is still almost 90 degrees FOV, so you do get a large chunk of sky. The 14mm has a field of view of 114 degrees, which is rather extreme.
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Re: JMT DSLR Camera Kit

Postby maverick » Sat May 31, 2014 9:46 am

Yes, the highest scoring lens is the 24mm/1.4 which offers the best mix of field
of view and aperture size. But the Canon ver II is $1700 ($1500 after $200 rebate),
quite expensive unless your really into night photography and/or make good sales
on your night photography prints.
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