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Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 Versus ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2: Which is the Best for Astrophotography?

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If you’re looking at shooting NEOWISE or some astrophotography, which lens would be your best bet?

Astrophotography is one of the trickier disciplines, with more knowledge and sometimes more gear required to get the shot you’re after. It has always been one of the genres of photography I’ve been drawn to most, and when possible, I’ll shoot it. However, I live just outside of London and so the light pollution borders the ridiculous for 2 hours in all directions!

One difficulty of shooting great, expansive images of the night sky is getting the right lens. You need a wide lens (astro can and often should be shot with longer lenses, but generally a wide lens is better for capturing the Milky Way or more stars) and that wide lens needs to be fast. Typically, getting both of those features has been expensive, though prices have been more accommodating in recent years. In this video, landscape and astrophotographer, Mike Smith, does a side-by-side comparison of two of the strongest lenses for Sony full frame cameras: the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 and the ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2.

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Camping under the stars…in style of course!! This was one of my favourite spots in NZ. As the moon was slowly dropping in the sky behind us, the stars were so bright and the milkyway was out in all its glory!! Opoutere is a fantasticly secluded place to stay! #newzealandlife #milkyway #astrophotography @wildernessnz

I went into the video not knowing the prices of these two and expected that the Sony would be better, but too expensive to justify over the ZEISS. In fact, it appeared to me that the Sony was indeed better as expected, sporting an entire stop extra of light, and performing better with vignetting and coma abberation, but that it also isn’t much more expensive. The Sony is currently $1,398 and the ZEISS is usually $1,299 but on sale at $1,104 at the time of writing this article. Even at the sale price, I would be going for the Sony. What about you?

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