The Holy Trinity of Astro Landscape Lenses


Are you using the right lenses for landscape astrophotography? The traditional goto lens for landscape was a 16-35mm or so, as long as it had a maximum aperture of f/2.8 it could double that for night service. But with the advent of mirrorless cameras and smaller, lighter and cheaper lenses, what options are available and what would a professional landscape astrophotographer use?

In this video from Alyn Wallace, he shows us the three lenses he uses to capture these stunning astro landscapes. He also wastes no time getting to the point of the video, in the first seconds we already know that his “holy trinity” astro consists of a 14mm f/1.8, a 24mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/1.4. What follows after the reveal is a detailed explanation of why each lens made it into its kit and the specific use of each. For example, the 14mm and 24mm work well together because what the 14mm captures in a single frame, it can choose to take a three-shot panorama with the 24mm and increase the resolution and detail.

As someone who hasn’t gone mirrorless yet, weight is a precious commodity in my camera bag, and I’ve always been more drawn to higher quality zooms like the 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, and 70-200mm f/2.8. This trinity of lenses has always served me well in my landscape shots. But that said, I was seriously impressed by the sharpness and fidelity of the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 when I used it in Death Valley years ago. I wasn’t that big into panoramas either, so the idea of ​​using a 24mm to do a rather minimal three-shot panorama never occurred to me. Anyway, this video makes me question my kit and opens my eyes to different possibilities as I get more involved in astrophotography.


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