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Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens

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Good Morning!

 

I am in search for a nice wide angle low light lens I can use on my 70D. I would prefer something under $500. I am looking to capture photos of the night sky and landscapes at all times of the day/night. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens


Metalliogre wrote:

Good Morning!

 

I am in search for a nice wide angle low light lens I can use on my 70D. I would prefer something under $500. I am looking to capture photos of the night sky and landscapes at all times of the day/night. Any suggestios would be appreciated!


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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens

That doesn't seem very useful in low light situations. Is this something that you might of shot the night sky with?
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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens

You are the one who wanted "under $500." A bit over your budget is the 10-22 which has an extra stop of Aperture. They should work fine for night photography.

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I said I would 'prefer', never said I had a budget. Nevertheless, thank you for your response.

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Yes, it can do low light landscapes. First low light can be corrected for with slower shutter speeds. Between the wide angle and image stabilization with good technique you can handhold full one second exposures.

Also low light can be corrected by taking multiple photos and stacking them.
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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens

You are absolutely right! I totally forgot about that. Thank you!
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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens

There are a few Rokinon lenses that are preferred for night landscapes for a few reasons. 

 

1)  They're cheap

2)  They're completely manual (no electronics, no focus motor... even the aperture is the old manual ring just like the lens we shot back in the 1970's and earlier).

3)  While these lenses aren't particularly good for most common photography (due to the all manual nature), the lack of elecronics (which no astrophotographer could use anyway because you cant use auto-focus at night and you're typically always shooting wide-open anyway) they actually do have surprisingly decent optics (much better than I would have expected given the low price tag.)

 

There's a Rokinon 10 or 14mm f/2.8 lens which are both under $500.  There's a 24mm f/1.4 that's a bit over $500 (but still less than $600) but f/1.4 collects four times as much light as an f/2.8.  

 

The Sigma "Art" lenses are also getting good reviews from astrophotographers, but those cost quite a bit more.  

 

I have a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM II... but it's not cheap.

 

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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens

Metalliogre,

Good Morning, to you!

 

Check out the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon.  It is around $800 bucks and is probably the best lens made in this class.  I am fully impressed with it.  The 'Art' series lenses from Sigma are truly impressive.

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Re: Affordable Wide Angle Low Light Lens


ebiggs1 wrote:

Metalliogre,

Good Morning, to you!

 

Check out the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon.  It is around $800 bucks and is probably the best lens made in this class.  I am fully impressed with it.  The 'Art' series lenses from Sigma are truly impressive.


How is that a wide-angle lens on a 70D?

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