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.
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.
Recently spent some time in Beechworth in North Western Victoria following the lifting of our second COVID-19 induced lock down. Not an ideal time of the lunar cycle for Milky Way photography with the moon at its brightest, however having so few opportunities to get out this year and being in a new place, I made the most of it anyway. Probably worked out for the best anyway as the illumination provided by the near full moon meant navigating my way around unfamiliar ground much easier. Would love to get back during a new moon during Milky Way season, some really spectacular foreground compositions to be found in this region.