The Best Lenses for Shooting the Night Sky Guest Post by Hamish McLaren

Best lenses for shooting night sky – guide with examples!
Photographing the night sky can result in some beautiful photos that are sure to draw the eye. But to get those high qualities, beautiful night sky photos, the right equipment is vital. How to choose the best lenses?

It is important to think about what the goal of your photographs is. Are you trying to capture the stars crisp and clear or are you trying to shoot star trails?

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When selecting a lens, you need to find what suits your personal photography needs best, but there are still some ground rules that you can follow. Wide angle lenses are generally recommended, but how wide do we want to go?

The answer to this, again, lies in your personal needs, however, a good ballpark to aim for is somewhere around a 20mm with a fairly wide aperture (f/1.8 and f/1.4 are common). This will often be wide enough for most situations that you find yourself in when shooting the night sky. here is a wide variety of lenses that will work very well for shooting the night sky, and everyone will have their own tastes and preferences.

Below, Hamish McLaren shares some of the most commonly recommended, and consistently high performing lenses on the market for night sky shots.

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Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma has come out to make a name for itself the last couple of years, and it has done just that. The Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art Lens is one of the most versatile and highly recommended lenses for astrophotography on the market today. Sigma has a whole Art Lens line that all perform very well for night shots, but the 20mm seems to be the most well-rounded and the best bang for your buck of all their lenses.


Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC

Rokinon has been a name commonly associated with night sky photography for several years now. They, like Sigma, have a variety of lenses that perform remarkably well at night, especially when you consider their lower price point, but the 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC has stood out as their key player in the running for best overall lens for night sky photography.


Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L USM IS Zoom

Canon’s newer L series of lenses are excellent, high quality lenses. But with that quality, and the Canon name you also get a higher price tag for the L series. The EF 24-105mm f/4 L USM IS Zoom is their frontrunner for night sky shots, performing very well in the whole range of various night sky shooting techniques.


Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF

Nikon seems to come up a bit lacking when it comes to the progression of their lenses, but that

doesn’t mean they can’t hold their own. The AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF is well-rounded for all

aspects of photography, and also performs quite well for night shots.


These are some of the very best lenses that you can get for shooting the night sky. No matter what you aim to capture amongst the stars, these will do the job.

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Hamish McLaren is a business owner and entrepreneur in Australia. He is 25 years old. He was born in New York City and moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 15. He started his first business 10 years ago when he arrived in Sydney. Since that time he has worked primarily in construction-related businesses and other business services. He has become successful for his willingness to work hard, determination to never give up and his promise of complete honesty.

He is now a professional photographer in Australia, in addition to his other endeavors of academics and entrepreneurial achievement. Hamish has much extensive experience working with others through past positions. He is also fully fluent in Spanish and English (written, read, spoken), with very basic spoken Japanese.

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