Canon lenses for astrophotography
Jerry Lodriguss is a professional writer and photographer who has written several books on astrophotography. His website, "Catching the Light", is a must-see for those intent on capturing celestial photons.
Jerry hails from New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States, but now lives in suburban Philadelphia. He used to be a professional sports photographer, and has been fortunate to use a wide range of camera lenses, allowing him to comment on them from the perspective of astrophotography. His remarks on Canon lenses for DSLR astrophotography are particularly insightful:
Jerry Lodriguss' comments on Canon lenses
|Lens||Price (US$)||Price (ZAR)||Jerry's comments||Field of view|
|EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM||820||7900||ok wide open, better stopped down 1 stop||91.2° x 60.8° (10mm)|
|EF 15mm f/2.8||650||good at f/4||--|
|EF 16mm-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Zoom||1580||14000||ok at f/2.8, better at f/4.5||--|
|EF-S 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom||175||ok wide open at all focal lengths, better when stopped down one stop||--|
|EF-S 18mm-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom||4200||--||64.3° x 42.8° (18mm)|
|EF 17mm-40mm f/4 L USM Zoom||800||7600||ok at f/4, very good at f/5.6||--|
|EF 24-105mm f/4 L USM IS Zoom||1100||ok at f/4, very good at f/5.6||--|
|EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM||1700||15300||ok at f/2.8, good at f/4||--|
|EF 28mm f/1.8 USM||485||ok at f/2.8, good at f/4||--|
|EF 35mm f/2||310||2700||ok at f/2.8, good at f/4.5||--|
|EF 50mm f/1.4 USM||400||ok at f/4 good at f/4.5||--|
|EF 50mm f/1.8 II||125||900||ok at f/2.8, good at f/4.5||24.5° x 16.3°|
|EF 85mm f/1.8 USM||400||ok at f/2.8, good at f/4||--|
|EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM||2100||good at f/2.8, very good at f/4||--|
|EF 100mm f/2 USM||475||good at f/2.8, very good at f/4||--|
|EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro||570||good at f/2.8, very good at f/4||--|
|EF 135mm f/2 L USM||1035||good at f/2.8, very good at f/4||--|
|EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM||780||good at f/2.8, very good at f/4||--|
|EF 300mm f/4 L USM non-IS||good at f/4, better at f/4.5||--|
|EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM non-IS 1275||good at f/5.6, better at f/6||--|
|EF 500mm f/4 L USM IS 6700||good at f/4, better at f/4.5||--|
Field of view as measured with a EOS 60D, which has a crop-sensor.
via: Catching the Light
If you have a Canon lens, please consider adding your own star test images.
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