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Low light / wide angle full frame lenses

wh2005

Rancho Murieta, US
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wh2005 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Mar 2008
Thu 04-Oct-12 03:00 AM

I want to start doing more low-light photography, including night-time sky photos. I currently own a Nikon 14-24 f2.8 and I'm considering supplimenting this with a prime to get better low light performance with my D800. While I will use this lens in other low light situations, the night time photos is my first target use. Note, I will be using a tripod for this use, so that may influence my options.

There seems to be a huge number of options, looking at both new and used lenses. What I think I'd like is a prime in the 24 to 28mm, f1.4-f2 range. This type of lens seems to be fairly exotic (aka expensive), so I'm also open other more affordable options.

I'd be interested to hear comments on whether I'd notice a big improvement between a fast prime over the 14-24 f2.8, or is the speed difference of a f1.4 worth the additional cost over an f1.8? I know that these are very subjective questions, but I'm interested in your experiences. Are there other options should I be considering?

In looking at some options with available new lens, has anybody got any experience is comparing the Nikon 24 f1.4 with a Carl Zeiss 25mm f2? I naively assume that the Zeiss lens may have better IQ, which may offset the speed advantage of the Nikon, but are either of these assumptions really true?

I realize that this is in the Nikon autofocus forum, but I'm open to non-Nikon and manual focus options.

Thanks for reading
Bill

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