Which Sony Wide Angle Lens is Best for Astrophotography? And How-To Guide for Beginners…
In this article we are going to cover Sony wide angle lenses for Astrophotography with the help of Jason Vong and Stan Moniz.
I also found an excellent beginner oriented tutorial for how to get the best astrophotography shots if you are new to this genre of photography courtesy of Mike Smith.
Ideally for astrophotography if you are looking to get a lot of sky and some foreground you are going to need a wide angle lens with the fastest aperture possible. In addition, you are going to want the best optical quality as well to insure the highest quality color, clarity, and sharpness of the cosmos… You will also need a rock solid tripod and a good flashlight for navigating in the dark 😉
Jason and Stan do an excellent job in this video and below I put together a list of the lenses they tested as well as other lens options that I think would do the job for those on various budgets.
Additional Full Frame Wide Angle Lens Recommendations for AstroPhotography
In my very limited experience with Astro I learned the faster the aperture the lower the ISO required for a good exposure. So, I would recommend the fastest aperture and sharpest lens you can afford for the best results possible. f/4 aperture lenses will work for Astro, but they are not ideal in my opinion so I mostly only recommended faster lenses below.
Tripods vary drastically in price due to factors like payload, build quality, max height, features, and ofcourse weight. I listed a few recommended tripods below ultimately ranging in overall quality and price, but they will all do the job at the end of the day.