Best Astro-Photography Lenses for the Sony a7 series

Introduction

Sony A7s | Batis 18mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | ISO6400 | 20s

Landscape astrophotography is something I have been doing for several years with my Sony a7S and a7rII (and D800 before). Luckily over the past few years many lenses have been released that make this task easier than ever. So today we are going to have a look at all the available lenses for your Sony so you can choose the one that works best for your needs.

What is landscape astrophotography?

Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/1.8 | 3 shot panorama |

In landscape astrophotography you will usually try to have a combination of the starry sky (with Milky Way or Northern Lights) as well as some foreground (e.g. landscape) in your frame so we are mostly looking at ultra wide to normal lenses (for stitching) here.


I am not going to talk about deep sky astrophotography, this is a field I have very little experience in and you will need completely different (longer) lenses and rely on a guidance system most of the time.

What lens characteristics are important?

Generally a wide and fast lens makes life easier for us, but the lenses also need to be good wide open with somewhat decent corner resolution and coma correction.
This rules out pretty much all old legacy lenses.
It would also be nice if the lens has low vignetting and if it can easily be focused manually, as we can’t rely on autofocus at night.

A few more notes on the lenses I am going to introduce:

  • For the non native ones you need a very good adapter because pretty much all of these feature floating elements and will suffer from a too short adapter in the corners.
  • The Sigma Art lenses will soon be available as “native” E-mount lenses. At the time you are reading this article they might already be available.
  • I sometimes provided links to the reviews at Lenstip, as they have a look at coma correction and vignetting. But keep in mind vignetting can absolutely not be compared across different sensors or cameras!

What is the best focal length?

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Sony A7s | Nikon 14-24mm 2.8G | f/2.8

Maybe you already came across this article where I described how to improve your astro-photography pictures by using panorama techniques, nevertheless this is obviously more work and wider lenses are more straightforwarded.

  • 12-16mm lenses are great for single shot astrophotography to get the interesting part of the Milky way as well as some foreground in one shot. These are also best for taking pictures of the Aurora, as stitching is often not easily possible here because of the movement involved.
  • With the 18-25mm lenses you will need to take single row panoramas if you want the sky and some foreground in the frame most of the time. By doing so – and only taking 3 to 5 shots – you will already surpass the image quality of most of the wider lenses.
  • With the 28-35mm lenses you will start to need 2 row panoramas which is quite a bit of work. I only recommend this if you are more experienced in the field of astrophotography and want to further increase the image quality of your shots.
  • With the 50-55mm lenses you are now looking at multirow panoramas which can give great quality images but are also quite a lot of work.

I did not include fisheye lenses here. Some people like to use those for astrophotography because of the wide field of view but it is very hard getting decent framing with these.

Big thanks to Haitong Yu who was collaborating with me on this article! You can check out some of his amazing astrophotography work on 500px, Instagram or Tuchong (this last one is in Chinese).

Laowa 12mm 2.8 Zero-D

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Sony A7s | Laowa 12mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | ISO6400 | 30s

This is the widest yet still fast lens available. Coma correction is not bad either.
Verdict: if you like the really wide field of view this is a decent performer for astrophotography.
I recommend getting the Canon version so you are able to use the Magic Shift Converter if necessary.

640g + adapter | $949 | full Review | aperture seriessample images

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Sigma 14mm 1.8 Art

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Sony A7III | Sigma 14mm 1.8 Art | f/1.8 | ISO3200 | 20s | 10 image stack | ©Haitong Yu

This is on paper the best lens for astrophotography today, but it does come with a few flaws: it is very big and heavy and coma correction is not exactly as perfect as you would expect. Sample variation can be an issue too.
Haitong Yu: Very favourable is the lower vignetting compared to most of the other 14/15mm lenses.
Verdict: if you don’t mind the weight and bulk this is a great lens for astrophotography.

1170g + adapter | $1599 | Review at Lenstip

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Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D FE

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Sony A7s | Laowa 15mm 2.0 Zero-D | f/2.0

When this lens was announced my interest in the Sigma 14mm 1.8 Art vanished over night. Because this Laowa makes use of the narrow flange focal distance of the E-mount cameras it is much smaller and lighter than the aforementioned Sigma.
Coma correction seems to be comparable to the Sigma and sample variation can be an issue here, too.
Verdict: at the moment my lens of choice for single-shot astrophotography with Sony E-mount cameras.

520g | $849 | full Review | aperture seriessample images

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Samyang 14mm 2.4 XP

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Sony A7III | Samyang 14mm 2.4 XP | f/2.4 | ISO3200 | 25s | ©Haitong Yu

A bit slower than the two aforementioned lenses and inbetween in terms of bulk. Coma correction is better at shared apertures.
Haitong Yu: It has the best rendering I have ever seen for starry sky among any lens. Not only does it correct coma better than any other 14-15mm lenses, it actually keeps some spherical aberration in the image, which makes brighter stars look larger in the image (notice the Orion and the Jupiter in the image). This is highly similar to what can be perceived by naked eyes at the scene.
Verdict: if you are looking for very good coma correction coupled with not so high vignetting wide open this is your lens.

791g + adapter | $799 | Review at Lenstip

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Irix 15mm 2.4

All the aforementioned lenses have similar vignetting characteristics, this is quite a bit worse and also has worse resolution figures.
Verdict: because of the size and because it is not really giving anything over the other lenses I see no reason to get it.

685g + adapter | $425 | Review at Lenstip

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Samyang 14mm 2.8 (older MF version)

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Nikon D800 | Samyang 14mm 2.8 | f/2.8

It is known for huge distortion but also for decent resolution and good coma correction. Unfortunately sample variation is a real issue with this lens, so be sure to try yours out before you buy it.
Verdict: still the best budget option for landscape astrophotography.

570g (E-mount version) | $300 | Reviewsample images

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Samyang 14mm 2.8 AF

It does not share the huge distortion of the MF version, but seems to be worse otherwise.
Verdict: not recommended.

505g | $629 | Reviewsample images

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Sony FE 16-35mm 2.8 GM

This is by far the priciest option on the list. Vignetting is a little higher and it is not as fast as some of the other lenses.
Verdict: a bit pricey, but a versatile wide angle zoom that also works well for astro-photography.

680g | $2198 | Thread at Fred Miranda

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Zeiss Batis 18mm 2.8

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Sony A7s | Batis 18mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | ISO6400 | 20s | panorama from 4 shots

Coma correction is very good as is resolution, but it is more on the expensive side and not as fast as some other options.
Verdict: good lens for astrophotography, but I wouldn’t buy it exclusively for that.

330g | $1500 | full Review | aperture seriessample images

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Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art

The specs look really great but the coma performance of the sample I once tried was not good enough compared to the other slightly less fast 20mm lenses to warrant the weight and size penalty.
Verdict: a good but very bulky lens for astrophotography.

950g + adapter | $899 | Review at Lenstip

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Samyang 20mm 1.8

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Sony A7III | Samyang 20mm 1.8 | f/1.8 | ISO6400 | 20s | ©Haitong Yu

This is a good performer, but because it is designed for DSLRs it is rather bulky.
Verdict: This is no slouch, but I would rather get the 20mm 2.0 Firin for E-mount.

525g + adapter | $550 | Review at Lonelyspeck

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Tokina Firin 20mm 2.0

The lens has its flaws when it comes to daylight photography (lens flares), but it has high resolution, low coma and is decently priced, so in the end a very good choice for astrophotography.
Verdict: my recommendation in the ~20mm realm.

490g | $699 | full review | aperture series | sample images

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Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8

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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8 | f/2.8

Coma correction is very good as is resolution, but it is more on the expensive side and not as fast as some other options.
Verdict: good lens for astrophotography, but I wouldn’t buy it exclusively for that.

394g | $1499 | full review | aperture series | sample images

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Zeiss Batis 25mm 2.0

Coma correction wide open is okay and improves when you stop down to f/2.8 to good yet not perfect levels.
Verdict: you can use this lens for astrophotography but there are lenses with better price/performance ration for this application.

335g | $1199 | full review | aperture series

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Zeiss Loxia 25mm 2.4

Coma correction is very good as is resolution, but it is more on the expensive side and not as fast as some other options.
Verdict: good lens for astrophotography, but I wouldn’t buy it exclusively for that.

393g | $1299 | full review | aperture series | sample images

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Sony FE 28mm 2.0

This lens has decent coma correction and is comparably cheap, but the focal length is not optimal and you will probably need to take a panorama for nice framing of the Milky way.
Verdict: if you already have one you should try it out and see if astrophotography is for you.

200g | $450 | full review | aperture series | sample images

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Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art

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Sony A7s (astromodified) | Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art | f/1.4 | ISO6400 | 13s | ©Haitong Yu

Coma correction seems to have been pretty high on Sigma’s priority list for most Art lenses.
Verdict: this is a great lens for astrophotography panoramas.

665g + adapter | $899 | Review at lenstip

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Samyang 35mm 1.4 AF

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Sony A7III | Samyang 35mm 1.4 AF | f/1.4 | ISO800 | 10s | 5 image stack | ©Haitong Yu

Haitong Yu: This may replace my beloved Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art as my choice for 35mm astro photography. It corrects coma even slightly better, and keeps some spherical aberration to make brighter stars stand out. It is slightly smaller than the Sigma + adapter and as a native FE lens it has quiet and fast AF when you need those. The downsides are more LoCA and vignette wide open, and during day hours you may find more lens flares.
Verdict: a good native option that is comparably cheap.

645g | $578 | Review at lenstip

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Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art

Nikon D800 | Sigma 50mm 1.4 | f/1.4

It has low vignetting, it has good coma correction, it has very high resolution. Unfortunately it is also very big and heavy.
Verdict: probably the best 50mm lens for astro panorama images.

815g + adapter | $949 | Review at lenstip

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Sony FE 55mm 1.8 ZA

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Sony A7s (astromodified) | Sony FE 55mm 1.8 | f/1.8 | ISO6400 | 10s | panorama from 12 shots | ©Haitong Yu

This is not as good a choice as the Sigma Art, but it is still a very capable lens and obviously way more compact and significantly lighter.
Verdict: compact standard lens for astro panorama images.
I bought it for this specific usage scenario but the focus by wire was driving me nuts so I sold it.

281g | $898 | full review | aperture series

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Conclusion

As you can see there are now many lenses available that are capable of delivering very nice landscape astrophotography shots. Especially the modern fast ultra wide angle lenses (Sigma 1.8/14, Laowa 2/15, Samyang 2.4/14 XP) are making it easy – even for beginners – to take such shots.
If you don’t mind taking just a simple single row panorama a lens like the Firin 2/20mm can give you even better results without breaking the bank.
And if you are running on a tight budget try the Samyang 2.8/14 (MF) or the Sony 2/28.

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My name is Bastian and for many years I have been mostly shooting Nikon DSLRs. As of today I have made my transition from Nikon to Sony and I am mainly using small but capable manual lenses. My passion is landscape photography but I also like to delve into other subjects from time to time.

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54 thoughts on “Best Astro-Photography Lenses for the Sony a7 series”

  1. So glad to see the Samyang 14/2.4 SP mentioned here. The lens seems to be hiding in obscurity perhaps because of Samyang’s reputation of sample variation (not the case with this lens) and/or confusion with the older 14/2.8. Anyway, the 14/2.4SP is a great lens for Astro and more.

      1. That’s too bad as I think it is a sleeper of a lens. I mostly use it for astro but the few shots I’ve taken for landscape are quite sharp. The rendering is a bit more sterile than, let’s say, my Voigtlander 15/4.5 III but I’d love to see you guys do a full assessment. Too bad we are so distant otherwise, I would lend you mine.

  2. how come no mention of the cv 35mm 1.7 ultron you used in the Dolomites?

    I use the irix 15mm and I think it does a fair job and if you are on a budget it is worth considering… 😇

    cheers, A.

    1. For the Voigtlander 35mm 1.7 you will need a 5m PCX for decent performance for this kind of application.
      This is a bit of a hassle and the set of lens and PCX element will cost more than a Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art which delivers a better performance.

      In the US the Irix 15mm 2.4 is still double the price of a manual focus Samyang 14mm 2.8 while I don’t think the performance is actually noticeably better, so I still find it hard to recommend.
      But I can definetly see people giving it a try after they had 3 decentered Samyangs in their hands (as did I) 🙂

    2. I agree with that, Irix resolution at infinity is quite good, like coma correction, the lens is not designed for the testchart distances which are much shorter… Oh and Nikkor 20mm f1.8 @ f2.5 is great as well.

    1. All Loxias have an astro issue caused by the shape of the apperture. This lens line produce even open sun stars around luminous stars like Jupiter or Venus. This is a no-go in astro imaging. The 50mm Loxia is pronouncing un-wanted sun-stars especially strong. Therefeore my Loxia 50mm ample ended soon in the sales box.

      Clearly the best 50mm performer in the FE family is Sony Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 ZA. Except vignetting it is already open practically perfect.

  3. Very interesting article! I really like the shot with the Nikon 20/1.8 and the one with the shed. Currently I use the Loxia 50/2 and Samyang 14mm t3.1. The quality of the Samyang is indeed terrible. My first sample had some issues but was well centered, my second sample had to be repaired since it got decentered over time… Performance is good though.
    The Loxia’s coma correction is indeed not perfect but well enough for me. It shows indeed sun stars around very very bright stars, but to be honest, I like the effect 😉 https://flic.kr/p/FEmrXD
    The Firin 20/2 looks like a nice less wide lens for astro work.
    Thank you for the article!
    Kind regards, Juriaan

  4. Oh uhh, the Tokina ATX 90mm f2.5 is an unexpected great astro lens,it can be used wide open! No coma. other good performers, the best Pentax A* ED 200mm, Sigma Art 135 and 85mm, cheap and great Samyang 135mm f2. + Nikkor AIS 180mm ED, Nikkor 105mm f2 DF not bad! and there are some more.

  5. Have you tried the OTHER Sony 16-35 f/4? I haven’t tried astro photography but I do own this lens.

    Worth a try? Thanks!

    1. I have used it and got decent results so for occasional astro photography it can be a decent results. Not as good as those with dedicated lenses but good enough for many.

  6. I got a used Irix 15mm Firefly and use it with Sigma MC11 Adapter.
    280€ seemed like a very good deal since i get native ibis and exfi data with it. (What you don’t have with the Laowa and the Samyang).
    Apart from that you can use 95mm screw on Filters, GEL Filters and can lock the Focus, it is 2.4 instead of 2.8 and in reality you will end up with the same price than the Samyang because you can confidently buy it used, which is not possible with Samyang´s sample variation.

    And the fire fly version is actually only 608g for Canon.

    1. A short search on google revealed that also that Irix 15mm seems to have severe sample variation issues.
      This unfortunately applies to pretty much all of the fast wide angle lenses, so I would be very cautious with buying any of these used.

  7. Nikkor 20mm f1.8 (@ 2.5) and Sigma 15mm EX fisheye f2.8 are great astro lenses as well, concerning Sony-adapters you need the proper thickness on the Nikkor. Nikkor 24mm f1.8 can be used wide open. Oh a D750 body performs better than the new Sony A7 iii , compared it last may in the Pyrenees. A7 had more ampglow and some strange artefacts in the RAW-data + less sensitive to H@ (red nebulae)

  8. If you get bored, check out a Canon FD SSC 35/2. Didn’t spend a ton of time with it but shocked me with its good resolution, coma performance and flat field. Only widish legacy lens I’ve come across that works well.

  9. The Sony FE 35mm 1.4 is even better than the Sigma. I’ve used it for Astro panos. Also, another vote for the Sony FE 50mm 1.4 planar, this lens is off the charts amazing. I typically stop down to f2.0 and it’s rendering is the best I’ve seen for astro.

  10. This is a great article, thank you! Astro is my main focus and although I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I like I’m passionate about it. This convinced me to pull the trigger and pick up a Tokina 20mm, but I wish this lens could have been better in the flare department… If Laowa had a 20-ish lens with similar performance to their 15mm and similarly priced I’d get that in an instant.

    1. I tried a few copies of the Tokina and I couldn’t get one that had acceptable performance across the frame. All of my copies were decentered to some degree, similar to what Phillip described in his review. I don’t have the budget for the Loxia right now so I went with the Samyang 20mm instead. It’s big and the corners never really get razor sharp but it has little-to-no variance across the frame, it might be one of the better build Samyangs. It needs to be stopped down to 2.8 for perfect stars but I’m OK with that.

  11. I’m not an expert but I’ve had what I consider very good results with the humongous (and expensive) Zeiss ZF.2 Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8, which I use on a Novoflex adapter equipped with their ASTAT-NEX tripod collar. Do you know how it compares with the other lenses in your quite informative review?

    1. By now that Zeiss is a slightly dated design compared to the lenses mentioned here.
      As it is big, very expensive and not overly fast I would not recommend buying one for this task.
      Nevertheless, if you already own it it should give you satisfactory results.

  12. What adapter have you used with the Samyang 14mm XP? There are many who with the second generation of A7`s worked well and with the third not.

  13. What are your thoughts on the new Sony G Master 24 F/1.4 for astro Bastian? I’m currently using the Batis 18 but am very interested as it will help create a one lens solution for covering family events as well. Based on charts from lonely speck it would appear this focal length/aperture combination is a good find. Have you been able to test the new G Master in this manner yet? Here’s the chart in question: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1p8FSEIaDd45i97NXFEZf4fnVOQ3ifA43ecJcuS0nCJ0/edit

    1. The coma correction seems to be influenced by field curvature a bit, at least that was what I saw with my sample and it was also spotted by Haitong Yu (see comments on our 24mm 1.4 GM review).
      As milky way season is over for this year this will take some further investigation.

  14. Great article, thank you!

    I’m curious, what is your opinion regarding the motorized tripod heads for astrophotography, intended to keep the stars from moving in frame? It’s a bit different shooting style though, with emphasis on using the telephoto lenses.

  15. I almost buy Samyang 14mm 2.8 AF for a7iii, now i find this site, what is wrong with that lanes, i had 14mm 2.8 MF on nikon and i was happy, isn’t this same just with AF?

  16. Hello,
    which astro landscape lens would you recommend for the A7RIII with an open budget?

    – Wide as possible, low coma, fast

    (Gerne auch auf Deutsch)

    1. If you don’t care about size and weight the Samyang 14mm 2.4 XP (you need a good adapter with exact length, so the Sigma MC-11).
      The Sigma Art 14mm 1.8 is a little faster but has worse coma correction and I saw quite a few reports on decentered lenses.
      The Laowa 15mm 2.0 is a little worse optically but significantly lighter and smaller than the aforementioned two.

  17. I just returned the Loawa 15mm F/2 because of the weak corners and soft focus in the center of the frame. Waiting to hear if I’ll get a refund or exchange. I still have hopes for this lens as the build quality and overall feel seemed perfectly suited for the a7s.
    I’m hopeful a fast, wide prime will be in Sony’s next lens release, their lenses just seem to be getting better and better.

  18. Thanks for the very informative blog post! Has basically served as my lens bible for astro. Just wondering if you had any word on the samyang AF 50mm 1.4, can’t see anything online about it in terms of coma or performance at night in general. Looking for a 50mm for tracked panos using a A7RIII, would the Sigma still be your top choice?Seems the planar may actually out perform it but is roughly twice the price and if I stop down the sigma surely the differences would negligible? Particularly on a tracker.

  19. Any thoughts on the samyang 24mm 1.4? seems to be lauded by many an astro photographer. Great price performance ratio. Actually tossing up between this and the tokina firin 20mm f2.

  20. Looking at the batis 18, laowa 15 and loxia 21 for my a7iii. While Astro performance is important, I’d also like to use the lens very regularly for landscapes and to a much lesser extent skiing and mountain biking photography (only for specific situations).

    Obviously the batis is AF which helps in the last situation, but I’ve had success in the past with the MF rokinon 12mm doing action sports shooting.

    What would be your recommendation?

    1. Ah that is a difficult decision.
      I have the 2/15 and the 2.8/21 if that helps 🙂
      When it comes to astrophotography I usually take panos with the 21mm while the 15mm I use for single shot.

  21. first of all: GREAT article and lens reviews! thanks for all the information! 🙂

    i have a sony a7iii with a samyang 20mm f1.8.
    the decision for that lens was done very quickly, as i bought camera and lens just 1 week before a short trip to la palma. so i didn’t really have time to compare a lot and i read THIS article much later. i thought i just buy a cheap/ok lens to try some astrophotos and then look for a “better” lens after the trip, with more time for research…

    conditions on la palma were not “great” (cloudy/rainy), so i only managed to take some astrophotos on the very last evening. i am a BEGINNER i have to say… so i just shot photos wide open with f1.8, never thought of 2.8 or so….
    i found the best results with iso3200, 15s, f1.8. for everything longer than 15s i had the feeling the sensor already produced star trails, at least the stars started to get less sharp in my opinion. i read that the “500 rule” doesn’t work with modern camera sensors. and the “photo pills” app recommended to use 13s for my setup, so i ended up using 15s…

    the stars in my photos have some “blue hats” pointing into the topleft direction. i guess that is what is called “coma”? this effect is visible all over the image, even in the center with less bright stars. in the corners of the photo the effect gets stronger, so stars start to look almost “triangular”. of course i can correct some things in lightroom, at least the “blue hat”, but of course the stars still look a bit “deformed”. nothing visible without zooming in of course. but of course i zoom in because i want to know if i have a good lens or not.

    so overall i have the feeling i want a lens that performs “better”. i was happy with the 15s exposure, because its not much noise. but i was not so happy with the sharpness/clearness of the stars.
    now i look for a “better” lens since 1 month and i am surprised how DIFFICULT it seems to be to find a decent lens.

    as i understand, the sigma 14mm 1.8. is considered the “best” lens for astrophotography at the moment. but it is so big/heavy and expensive… and in the reviews people still say it produces “coma” and should be used with f2.8… so i dont know if tht justifices the size/price, if it still doesnt perform “great”…

    the other lens i am looking at is the laowa 15mm 2.0, because in THIS article it is marked as “my lens of choice”. other reviews bless it for its landscape photo performance, but it still seems to have problems with f2.0 and people recommend to better use f2.8 for astrophotos….

    i am very confused. what is the point of having a f1.8 or f2.0 lens if i can only use it with f2.8 and have to use longer exposure and get more star trails or more noise? i can KEEP the samyang 20mm 1.8 and shoot 2.8 with it too…
    now i dont know if i should buy a “better” lens than my samyang because i dont really know which one really is “better”…

    so to sum up my long text and “needs”:
    – at the moment i have a sony a7iii with samyang 20mm 1.8
    – “mainly” i want to take landscape-timelapses during the day when on a hike or traveling (so the “huge” sigma 14mm 1.8 would be a bad idea to carry around…)
    – i also want to take singleshot astro-landscape photos and timelapses (sounds like i need a wide lens)
    – i want to have as much detail in the milky way as possible ( so i worry that f2.8 doesnt allow that)
    – i was excited to read about the laowa 15mm 2.0, but now i hesitate because i dont know if it is good enough for milkyway photos…

    sorry for the long text.
    any opinion/idea/suggestion would help a lot 🙂

    1. The thing is that many people – especially those that spend too much time on the internet instead of taking pictures –
      worry too much about Coma, which you will barely ever see when you print or publish the photo anywhere.
      But seriously, I have full size samples in my review of the Laowa 15mm 2.0. I always and specifically use it for that task and I always use it at f/2.0, that is the whole point for me having that lens.
      So have a look at my pictures, if you are okay with the quality buy it and if not try to look for a better lens that does not exist or invest in a panorama setup / guiding system and use a longer or stopped down lens.

  22. First of all – thank you very much for a great great site! I have been reading for half a year now and still getting back for reviews etc. This is my first post 🙂
    I am building up my new Sony lineup since moving from Canon to Sony. I now have the sony 70-200 f4, 16-35 f4 and I am thinking about doing more in astrophotography. The question is which lens? I am not an experienced photographer but around the internet I have read a lot of reviews and watched youtube channels (as we all do I am sure :-)) I have seen a lot of praises for the Samyang 24 f1.4 as a relatively budget lens well suited for astro – do you have any experience or knowledge of this lens? I am interested in this lens because of the price but as I understand okay quality still.
    If not this lens which one would you recommend for an astro-beginner? 🙂

    Grüsse aus Dänemark 🙂
    Jon

    1. I only briefly tried the 1.4/24 Samyang at a photography expo.
      I didn’t like it too much, but I think many people are using it for astrophotography and are happy with it.
      I don’t know about sample variation with this lens, but looking at what others measured the infinity performance isn’t exactly great.

      Nevertheless, I understand that you don’t want to spend too much, in that case this can still be a viable option.
      But be sure to buy the lens where you can return it, in case it is a faulty one.
      Also, with 24mm you will often be doing panoramas to get most part of the milky way in the frame, if that is what you are looking for.

  23. I am not sure why Rokinon 14mm F2.8 is not mentioned I feel it is a great lens for the price with most of the attributes listed above.

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