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  1. #1
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    Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    Hello, i am also new here and currently mostly interested in astrophotography.
    I own a d5500 atm but will most likely upgrade as my skill do. so far just the "kit" Tamron 18-270 f/3,5/6.3.

    Now, i am looking to get a "better" lens , wider and faster ofc.
    I've seen many good shots with a Samyang/Rokinon 14/2.8 but they also seem to be inconsistent in quality (QC seems to be really bad)
    I've come across a Nikon AF DX NIKKOR 10,5 mm F2.8 ED Gthat looks interesting. any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks you in advance



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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    Astrophotography Lens suggestions?
    Quote Originally Posted by Arx_X View Post
    Hello, i am also new here and currently mostly interested in astrophotography.
    I own a d5500 atm but will most likely upgrade as my skill do. so far just the "kit" Tamron 18-270 f/3,5/6.3.

    Now, i am looking to get a "better" lens , wider and faster ofc.
    I've seen many good shots with a Samyang/Rokinon 14/2.8 but they also seem to be inconsistent in quality (QC seems to be really bad)
    I've come across a Nikon AF DX NIKKOR 10,5 mm F2.8 ED Gthat looks interesting. any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks you in advance
    The 10.5/2.8 Fisheye Nikkor is a superb lens. There's one caveat though. On your camera body that lens does not autofocus. It is of the older AF design, not AF-S or AF-P which both have the autofocus motor in the lens built-in.

    Other than that, awesome lens. I have "shaved" mine (cut the lens hood off) to shoot almost spherical fisheye shots with FX cameras.

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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


  3. #3
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    thanks pforsell for the input. i think they might have posted the wrong name of the objective on the site they are selling it since the description says it does have autofocus. it also is described as "AF-Motor" under autofocus-mode.

    what would be a suitable alternative?
    Last edited by Arx_X; 07-06-2019 at 06:15 PM.

  4. #4
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    thoughts on Sigma A 30 mm F1.4 DC HSM ? I know something around 20mm or less is better for astrophotography, especially on APS-C

  5. #5
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    30 mm might be a bit tight on DX. How about 20/1.8?

    https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-20mm-f1-8g-ed

    It is also future proof, if you decide to add a FX body later.
    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


  6. #6
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    okay, it seems there's no way around it and i will have to upgrade the body.
    was thinking a D750 would be good/great from what i've read.
    I am guessing many here use it so opinions should be plenty.

    besides astrophotography (no deep space yet) i would like to shoot sports events (Horse Jump Off). Would you take another body?

  7. #7
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arx_X View Post
    okay, it seems there's no way around it and i will have to upgrade the body.
    was thinking a D750 would be good/great from what i've read.
    I am guessing many here use it so opinions should be plenty.

    besides astrophotography (no deep space yet) i would like to shoot sports events (Horse Jump Off). Would you take another body?
    The D750 is small, light, nimble and very capable camera. It has excellent autofocus for action shooting. Currently the price is very attractive.

    There are naturally a few downsides too but I have been mob attacked by the management several times in the past for the crime of mentioning them. Sorry. Only half of the story about D750 allowed here.
    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


  8. #8
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    okay, so i'll rephrase my question or order to avoid any unpleasant reactions..

    if you had to buy a FX body now, in that price-range, what would you pick?

  9. #9
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    You actually do not need AF for astrography, as all your objects are at "Infinity". What you use is a wide angle Manual Focus. Check its infinity focus on Live View, and leave it there. Now just point to the sky and shoot.
    D300, D3300
    105F2.8 AIS, 70-300 G, 50F1.8 AF, 16-85G ED VR, 18-55DX VRII, AFS DX 35mm F1.8
    2 x SB-800

  10. #10
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    Re: Astrophotography Lens suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by aroy View Post
    You actually do not need AF for astrography, as all your objects are at "Infinity". What you use is a wide angle Manual Focus. Check its infinity focus on Live View, and leave it there. Now just point to the sky and shoot.
    yes, i know , but it would also be a waste to buy a fast lens and not be able to use it outside of astrophotography.
    I always turn AF off on the current lens i am using when i shoot for the stars





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