Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Astrophotography Review

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In this review, we take a look at the ultra wide-angle Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 for full-frame E-mount Sony cameras. This premium ultra wide-angle lens is one of the widest f/2.8 prime lenses available natively for the a7 series of cameras.

We love fast wide-angle primes for astrophotography, so the Batis 18mm quickly jumped to the top of our list of most desirable lenses to test. We push the low-light limits of the Batis 18mm to capture nightscapes around the world in California, New Zealand and Australia.

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Sony FE 28mm f/2 Astrophotography Review

Sony FE 28mm f/2 Astrophotography Review

Sony just released their most affordable full frame prime lens for their E-mount cameras: the Sony FE 28mm f/2. In this short review, we test it out for use with astrophotography along with its accessory SEL075UWC Ultra Wide Angle and SEL075FEC Fisheye conversion lenses.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Astrophotography Review

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There’s a new nifty 50 in town. In this short review we test out the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, Canon’s latest iteration of their affordable 50mm lens. At about $125, it’s the cheapest Canon prime lens available, making it an attractive addition to any Canon kit. Let’s see how it does with astrophotography.

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Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III Astrophotography Review

Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III Astrophotography Review

I recently had the opportunity to shoot some astrophotography with an interesting lens: the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III. With its rather modest/slow/dark f/4.5 aperture, the 15mm Heliar III isn’t the most obvious choice for shooting the night sky, but in reality it actually performed well, especially when paired with the Sony a7II. This review is as much a test of the lens as it is an experiment shooting the Milky Way with a slow lens. Read on for more about my experience shooting the night sky with the Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III.

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