Canon lenses for astrophotography

posted: 1831 days ago, on Tuesday, 2012 Oct 16 at 15:04
tags: astronomy, astrophotography, Canon.

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

LensPrice (US$)Price (ZAR)Jerry's commentsField of view
 
 
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM8207900ok wide open, better stopped down 1 stop91.2 x 60.8 (10mm)
EF 15mm f/2.8650good at f/4--
EF 16mm-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Zoom158014000ok at f/2.8, better at f/4.5--
EF-S 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom175ok wide open at all focal lengths, better when stopped down one stop--
EF-S 18mm-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom4200--64.3 x 42.8 (18mm)
EF 17mm-40mm f/4 L USM Zoom8007600ok at f/4, very good at f/5.6--
EF 24-105mm f/4 L USM IS Zoom1100ok at f/4, very good at f/5.6--
EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM170015300ok at f/2.8, good at f/4--
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM485ok at f/2.8, good at f/4--
EF 35mm f/23102700ok at f/2.8, good at f/4.5--
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM400ok at f/4 good at f/4.5--
EF 50mm f/1.8 II125900ok at f/2.8, good at f/4.524.5 x 16.3
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM400ok at f/2.8, good at f/4--
EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM2100good at f/2.8, very good at f/4--
EF 100mm f/2 USM475good at f/2.8, very good at f/4--
EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro570good at f/2.8, very good at f/4--
EF 135mm f/2 L USM1035good at f/2.8, very good at f/4--
EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM780good at f/2.8, very good at f/4--
EF 300mm f/4 L USM non-ISgood at f/4, better at f/4.5--
EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM non-IS 1275good at f/5.6, better at f/6--
EF 500mm f/4 L USM IS 6700good 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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