So it looks like I’m going to be spending some time (up to six nights) up on top of Mauna Kea around the end of November/beginning of December timeframe. This is an extraordinarily rare opportunity, even for an observer working here! I’m thinking hard about what, if any, lenses I might want to rent to bring up with me for that week. My current loadout is:
I was thinking about renting something wide and fast to do nice unguided wide-field astrophotos (really, I guess you’d call these astroscapes, since they’re landscapes with astro stuff above). My question(s) are:
1) How are these lenses (listed below)? Anybody have one/has used one?
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G
Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D
2) What OTHER lenses (f-mount) should I be thinking about?
I was also thinking hard about a nice tripod, but I’d actually like to buy one of those. That’s contingent on budget, and if I do decide to go for one I’ll start another thread for discussions on that.
I borrowed my friend’s Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, and it was phenomenal. Absolutely loved it with my D7000. I’d highly suggest it for your landscape/astroscape photos. I had it stuck down to 14mm pretty much the whole time and the resulting photos were all clear and strong.
I wouldn’t consider any of the nikon wide angle primes apart from the 24/1.4. The others are older and are not that great optically – modern zooms are better.
The other fast & wide lens that might be worth considering is the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 – It may not be quite as good optically as the 14-24 (probably the best wide angle zoom yet made), but it’s got a decent reputation performance-wise and it’s a lot smaller.