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Offline 964rh

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Advice on lens for my a200
« on: January 31, 2012, 02:40:08 PM »
Hi

I 'think' i'm being taken on a surprise holiday to see the Northern lights from somewhere cold for my 40th in a few weeks.

If it is the above holiday, what lens do you think I should invest in to give me the best chance (with my limited talent) of capturing the lights?

I have the standard kit lens and a 70-200mm zoom and was looking at a 50mm portrait as the next thing I bought for the camera but someone at work has suggested a 28mm 2.8f for the NL.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Rob
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Re: Advice on lens for my a200
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 03:11:22 PM »
I think a 28mm f2.8 would suit your needs if it is indeed the NL you are going to see

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you will find 2 Sony ones at £129 each and a Minokta one for £89.

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Re: Advice on lens for my a200
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 05:20:04 PM »
Rob

You will probably want something wider to get most of the sky dome in one photo. Even a 16 mm lens only takes in about 1/3 of the sky horizon to horizon--just looked with my SAL1680Z.  The wider the better.

A good set of lights will range all across the sky although I have seem them somewhat concentrated. Wider the better IMHO.

Taking several shots and stitching a pano is not an option because the aurora is always moving.

Have a great trip! I lust to take some NL photos..we have not seen them here for a few years EXCEPT there was a great display one night here a few weeks ago ... and I missed it! ;)

Don't forget your tripod.

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Re: Advice on lens for my a200
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 12:53:19 PM »
Don't forget your tripod.

Clive

What clive said, more imortant than all, perhaps a mini one, i have a kodac branded one that does not have extendable legs, it is rock solid compared with a gorilla pod i had at three times the price.

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Re: Advice on lens for my a200
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2012, 03:11:04 PM »
I think if I were going I'd be bolting on my Sigma 10-20mm. Not exactly the cheapest option but guaranteed to get a good deal of sky in. At 10mm it can bow the image slightly but at 12mm it appears fine (or is that just mine?)

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Re: Advice on lens for my a200
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 07:48:02 PM »
Hi all

Forgot to give an update on thsi so here goes.

Ended up being taken to a small town just inside Finland to see the NL. Didn't buy a lens myself (unexpected car repair bill) but Mrs 964rh bought me a 50mm 1.8 in addition to the holiday.

We were lucky enough to see the NL on two nights out of the three we were there and I managed to get a number of (mostly under exposed) shots on the first showing. On the second showing we took the opportunity to simply take in the lights and enjoyed the show with the naked eye.

The NL are simply staggering and despite being tired and cold (lights came out at around 0130am and temp was -20), I feel privileged to have seen them. A lot of people in the hotel didn't see them as they decided to call it a night at 2200ish.

Had to defrost the camera one night as it had frosted over!!

Thanks to all for your advice.
Rob