Astrophotography: Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

One of the great advantages of the Sony E-mount system is the reduced flange distance afforded by its mirrorless design. This allows for easy adaption of lenses designed for other camera systems such as the Canon EF or Nikon F mounts. For the last few years I have been using a Canon EF mount version of the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD for astrophotography which I largely picked up for its optical image stabilisation for use with my unstabilised Sony a7S. There are certainly wider aperture prime lenses available in this popular 35mm to 50mm, however aperture isn’t everything. Having now sold my copy of this Tamron lens in favour of the much smaller and lighter Samyang 35mm f/1.8 Tiny Prime, I take the opportunity in this video to take a closer look at the astrophotography related performance of this lens before sending it on to its new owner.

Astrophotography: Samyang 35mm f/1.8 Tiny Prime

When it comes to camera gear, in my view the lighter and more compact the better. This is one of the main reasons I have never entirely jumped on the Full Frame bandwagon as I generally reserve the use of my Full Frame gear to astro related imaging and elect to go with a much more light, compact and discrete Micro Four Third setup for daytime shooting. These days there are some very small primes available for full frame, however generally not with what I’d consider a sufficiently wide aperture (f/2 or wider) required of untracked nightscape imaging. That was until recently when Samyang introduced their new line up of wide aperture f/1.8 Tiny Primes for the Sony E-Mount Full Frame. First came the 45mm and 75mm offerings, then the 35mm was released which I just had to have being one of my favourite focal lengths to shoot with.

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Geminids under a Bortle one sky

Has been too long since I spent any significant time under the stars, so when I saw that the peak of the Geminids meteor shower coincided with a day off I was pretty excited. I did a bunch of scouting and planning in the days leading up, ultimately choosing to head north for the dark skies as the Geminids radiant was forecast at just 22 degrees above the horizon at my location. It was so good getting under some really seriously dark skies and an amazing experience to see this cosmic fireworks in display. I initially thought I might get some sleep, but nope, they meteors were firing almost all night and had me completely captured.