Star trails over Valley of the God’s in southern Utah.
I thought I would give night sky photography a try, especially since I travel to areas not far away that have great opportunities for interesting foregrounds along with having the required dark sky. This is just a quick post about a lens I tried, returned and the replacement. People with much more skill at this kind of shooting are out there and have made some very informative post. Several of the post suggested Ronikon/Samyang/Bower lenses for this kind of shooting. I use Nikon and Nikkor lenses but did not have a fast prime lens that would be appropriate. So, I purchased a Bower 24mm f1.4. That did not work out well… at all. VERY blurred images.
I returned it to B&H and purchased the Rokinon version, 24mm f/1.4. Big difference! Now I’ve read that Samyang’s quality control is not that great and that their lenses can vary a great deal in quality. It’s my understanding that they manufacture the lenses and market them under the 3 different names. Not sure what that’s about. The first lens I bought was the Bower and for “the same lens” it was about $100 cheaper than the Ronikon. Get what you pay for? or just quality control?
Here’s a link to an article about why these lenses might be a better choice over the Nikkor/Canon versions if you’re considering a new lens for night sky photography.
Again, I’m just getting started in shooting this kind of work but thought I would post the comment in case someone else happens upon a bad lens. Don’t give up!
"Temple of the Sun" in Cathedral Valley, Utah. Yep…I need more practice on my night photo post processing but ya gotta start somewhere!
A recently released article about my work and how I got into photography at Camerapixo.
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A newly released article in #Camerapixo on nature photography featuring my polar work along with that of several other photographers.