Hello All, Just received my new D800 and so far I love it! I am very interested in shooting nightscapes now that I have a camera that performs well with high ISOs. I'm torn among the 24mm f1.4, 17-35 f2.8, or 16-35 f4. Any opinions or further choices to confuse me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Pat
With 16-35 - tripod a must. The best aperture for that lens is range 6.7 - 9.5. Make 5-6 exp. for every image. Choose a lightly overexposed one, to get some dark detailing. DR of the D800 is very wide at ISO 100, so don't worry, you already have 5-6 images, to choose from, so you will safe highlights in PP. Take a field of 5-8% wider - you will need the extra field to improve distortions in PP. The 17-35 belongs to film era, soft to corners on sensors. The 24/1.4 is great, but what I've seen in the lab was taken at 2.0-4.0, so can't say how it works wide open. Dimitri.
Hi, Congrats on the new D800. What type of lens are you using now? If it's a 50mm f/1.4, 1.8, or whatever then great. What I would suggest you do, since you're curious, is to use that lens you currently have, go outside and shoot at the apertures that the new lens would offer you (if you can do that). For example, if you want the 16-35 f/4, go out at night and only shoot at f/4 and look at your results. Same with a f/2.8 or f/1.4. It'll give you an idea.
I used to go out with my Hasselblad and shoot night photos (I posted some on my flickr site) where the lens speed starts at f/4 and my film speed started at ISO 100. Before that I used a Nikon with lens speeds that ranged from f/1.8 to f/2.8 and film started at ISO 64.
If you have a tripod then you're all set. Good luck!
Thank you, great suggestions. Specifically, I'm looking to do astrophotography, stars, night sky, etc. So I only want a 30 second exposure at most to avoid star trails. That's why I'm thinking more wide angle and fast lens. I should probably cross reference over to the astrophotograpy forum. As always, I really appreciate the support I get from all the Nikonian members.
These cameras are so tolerant, just try things! The attached was shot in Lapland 27th Jan 2013 with a 800E. Moonlight, before any aurora showed (little did that night). Nikkor 14 - 24 @ 14 mm. Focus taped at infinity in daylight for 14 mm. f 2.8, 4 sec, ISO 1600. Does it feel -30 C? It should!