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Canon M50 travel questions

Hello 🙂 I got a Canon M50 with 11-22mm & 15-45mm ef-m lenses for my birthday. I also got a nice little tripod, uv filters for both and a rode mic. I will be mainly using this camera for traveling and vlogging With that being said, I'm still learning the basics but I'll have my first opportunity this upcoming weekend, My cousins and I are going to camp somewhere where there's no light pollution and they said its good for stars. So I wanted to take some pictures of the stars and hopefully a good shot of the Milky Way. *I don't know if that's possible with my set up but I thought it would be cool if I could* My question, is there anything I need for taking pictures of the stars? And how do I accomplish this task? Also another question, Sorry if this is long but I will be traveling to Philippines/Japan and wanted to see if theres a lens/accessories that I should get to make my set up overall good. I was reading online and people say the best travel lens is a 24-70mm, would that be okay with my camera if I get an adapter? or should I stay with my ef-m lenses? I also went to a local camera store and they directed me to get 55-200 f/ 4.5-6.3 IS STM lens & 28mm f/3.5 macro IS STM. What would be the best option for me? Thank you!


On your question regarding stars... do some internet searching regarding astrophotography.  There are numerous resources out there.  Do note though that depending upon what you want to do, it may involve special equipment (modified cameras, or cameras made specifically for astrophotography).


Images such as star trails though should only require a standard camera.


EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L, 600EX-RT (x6), ST-E3-RT
EOS C70, RF 24-70 f/2.8L IS, EF-EOS R 0.71x


Welcome to the forum.


If you want images of the Milky Way the important thing is to ensure that you have point stars. This requires thgat the shutter speed be 10 seconds or less for your camera.


55-200 is too long a lens; the 28mm would be OK.


Set lens wide open and adjust ISO as necessary. The target histogram would look something like this:


Milky Way Histogram.jpg


ISO 1600-6400 range.

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Send me a PM if you want more info; too much to post on the forum.  

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic