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Fantastic lens for night sky photography
on June 29, 2014
Fantastic venerable ultra wide angle lens for low light photography, such as night sky, astrophotography, star trails, light painting, Milky Way, and more. The remarkable aspect of this lens is how sharp the image is in the corners even wide open at f/2.8, something that most other lens cannot achieve. This lens deserves all the accolades it gets, it is this good. Canon users frequently use an adapter to be able to use this lens, so it's not off-limits to our Canon photography brothers and sisters.
The obvious drawbacks are there - heavy, does not accept screw-in filters, and expensive. But it is a great lens and deserves five stars.
And for those who like to shoot photos when the sun is out, you too will not be disappointed. For landscapes, it still kinda rules, and as a bonus, builds muscle if you take it hiking.
Undoubtedly, you are agonizing between alternatives for less coin and this lens, as many might. Quality alternatives might include the new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 or the Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED, but I have no experience with these, but have seen good work done with these (and I see a lot of night sky photography, as I am an Admin for two long exposure photography groups on Facebook). I previously tried the considerably more inexpensive Tokina 16-28 f/2.8, which is a good, solid lens for about a third of the price, but cannot compare to this lens, as it is considerably softer in the corners until at least f/4. Regardless, the 14-24mm f/2.8 is the gold standard for any ultra wide angle lens for night sky photography.