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    Default DSLR lens advice



    I have a friend asking for advice for her daughter who is into photography and interested in getting into some long exposure shots. I have zero experience of this (imaging with DSLR+lenses I mean) so looking for some help from the collective wisdom here please
    She has a Canon DSLR (don't know the specific model yet), what has been described so far as a "basic lens" so I'd guess the standard 50mm they tend to come with, a tripod and a remote control.

    Her daughter is saving up for a new lens to be used for landscape and nightscape photography and she was hoping I could advise what to get.
    I don't think there's any intention to get a mount, so of course the usual exposure limitations for nightscape imaging will apply.

    What do we think? I guessing the starting point will be a bunch of questions I need to ask.

    Thanks for any help.
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    Default Re: DSLR lens advice

    Next year i am planning on getting a samyang 14mm or 35mm for nightscape imaging and i have got some tips that these are fine lenses to go for. Im am not an expert either but i have seen great images with these samyang lenses
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    Default Re: DSLR lens advice

    Perhaps a PM off to some of our DSLR contributors... Martin for sure.. Could probably help...
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    Default Re: DSLR lens advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jimminCT View Post
    Perhaps a PM off to some of our DSLR contributors... Martin for sure.. Could probably help...
    Good Luck!
    That's not a bad idea Jim, in fact Martin was the first person I thought of and I looked up his equipment already, the Samyang 14mm that Mikael mentions is one he has
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    Default Re: DSLR lens advice

    Knowing the camera model, or at least if it's full-frame or crop, will go a long way in deciding what to get. Also, the budget will help narrow it down. A wide-angle zoom at f/2.8 or faster will provide a lot of versatility in both landscape & nightscape photography. As a rule-of-thumb, you usually get what you pay for, but not always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jforkner View Post
    Knowing the camera model, or at least if it's full-frame or crop, will go a long way in deciding what to get. Also, the budget will help narrow it down. A wide-angle zoom at f/2.8 or faster will provide a lot of versatility in both landscape & nightscape photography. As a rule-of-thumb, you usually get what you pay for, but not always.

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    I'm asked about budget and am waiting to hear back, this is for a teenager saving up with some help from parents, so probably not $$$
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    Default Re: DSLR lens advice

    The Samyang 14mm lens is very good for night sky photography, but it has some distortions that can effect landscape photography. These can be adjusted in photoshop by using lens distortion corrections.
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    Default Re: DSLR lens advice

    Hi Richard,

    The Canon 1300d also known as the T6 in the US comes with the standard 18-55 mm kit lens. Any lens longer than 55 mm will require some form of tracking mount to get beyond the very short exposures that would not reveal star trails.

    So the camera she currently has will work very well for nightscape images after it is attached to a standard tripod. Since that camera has an APS-C sized sensor there is a formula you can use to determine how long your exposures can be before star trails become too visible in the image.

    Divide the current lens FL setting (eg 30mm) into 300, so in this case 300/30 means you'll get a 10-second image before star trails become evident. Also, in these cases she wants to use as high an ISO as the camera will go typically 6400. Because it is a nightscape image, the noise is not as apparent using this high an ISO.

    Hope this helps.

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    This will give you a bit of background: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Astrophotog...sap_bc?ie=UTF8
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    I find the Samyang (Rokinon) 24/1.4 is an excellent lens for nightscapes. Super sharp and collects light like few others since you can use it wide open or at f/2 with great result.
    Manual focus, though.

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