What’s The Best Lens for Astrophotography?
Photographing Hoad Monument At Night
I’ve photographed Hoad at night quite a few times now, I tend to use the 24-70mm and take either the 100mm or 135mm depending on where I’m going to stand. I took them all this time plus a 400mm to do some comparisons. I didn’t use the 400mm on Hoad as it wouldn’t all fit, it worked ok on the moon though.
I’d been up here about a week before this and got the stars behind Hoad, it was a bit of a different night though as the supermoon was out for the video. The moon lit up the foreground making it easier to take the photos. Here’s the photo from last week
I was hoping that I would be able to fill the frame with the 400mm but it wasn’t even close. It was like a small dot so I was pretty disappointed. I managed to crop the image into something, not that happy with it though.
I might take the 7dii next time and try to get a bit closer. I think my expectations were too high
This is one of my go-to lenses for up on the fells to get a bit of a closer look at the details. It opens up to F2 but you got a bit of vignetting so I opened it up to F4. Plus it meant I could keep the test fair on the other lenses. I like how you get less of the hill and a closer look at the monument.
This is a fairly new lens to me so I haven’t used it much for astrophotography. I think it works well here though as you get a bit closer but you also get more of the surroundings. This might be my favourite lens for this location
Usually, my go-to lens which means for this location the photos got a bit too samey for me. This is the main reason I was experimenting with the other 2. I do like it though as you can look out over the bay towards Blackpool with the lights off in the distance. I think I’ve just overshot this location with this lens
What’s the best lens?
There is no best lens. It just depends on what you’re trying to achieve. I know in the video I said the 100 or 24-70 was my favourite but if I had to pick between the 100mm and 135mm it would probably be the 135mm just because of how different the image was. The 100mm is just in the middle.
What do you prefer?