Astro Scouting: Love of the landscape

With the last year being what it was, it has been some time since I managed to get a solid chunk of time to get out and do any location scouting for future shoots. Almost felt a bit foreign to be out amongst it again when that chance did come around again. Headed out to one of my favourite parks here in Central Victoria and decided to explore the “easy” side as previously I had always sought out the road least travelled. The rock formations I found were nothing short of amazing, it didn’t take long for that feeling of adventure and discovery to return.

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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