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Wide-Angle Astrophotography Lens Shootout for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

Wide-Angle Astrophotography Lens Shootout for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

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Astrophotography is a nearly inevitable trajectory for any serious landscape photographer. It’s not surprising, really: spend enough evenings perched on a hillside documenting sunsets and you eventually get curious about what comes next.

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Astrophotography is a nearly inevitable trajectory for any serious landscape photographer. It’s not surprising, really: spend enough evenings perched on a hillside documenting sunsets and you eventually get curious about what comes next. The world doesn’t disappear when the sky goes dark, and neither does the potential for striking photos. While, of course, the most basic equipment necessities are obvious (a stable tripod, for instance), choosing the correct lens remains perhaps the most overwhelming purchasing decision.
While every photographer has their own preference, I love medium-wide lenses between 16-35mm with a fast aperture of f/2.0 or better. As a Sony shooter, I’ve struggled a bit to fill this space in my quiver—the FE mount is a relative newcomer to the photography scene—and lens manufacturers are just now beginning to fully round out their arsenal of niche lenses. Thankfully, 2019 was a spectacular year for this, with several dazzling new options, and 2020 is looking up.

From left to right: Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM, Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical, FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF and FE 20mm f/1.8 G lenses
The still-recent Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM is an obvious frontrunner but, truth be told, I’ve found myself wondering if 24mm is wide enough for how I like to compose my astro shots. Legendary lens manufacturer Voigtländer recently announced a Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical, and the Swedish icon Tokina has a new offering with the FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF—both seemingly formidable alternatives to the native option. Also, it wasn’t available when I shot this comparison, unfortunately, but the new FE 20mm f/1.8 G is looking to be another solid contender that I am looking forward to testing.

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