Although we have published a ton of articles based around the a6000, we are yet to touch on what we feel the best Sony a6000 astrophotography lens on the market is. We had a little bit of spare time today so decided to sit down and get this article typed up and published.
Both of the lenses that we are featuring in the article will fit directly onto your a6000 and offer some great image quality for astrophotography when you are out and about snapping photographs. On top of this, both lenses have earned themselves a great reputation over the years amongst the community and are also both relatively budget-friendly.
The Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS
Over the years this has lead to the lens becoming very popular with the community as well as many owners choosing to post their own independent reviews online sharing their opinions of the lens. This includes a number of third-party reviews from other a6000 owners (click here to read some of them) as well as a number of reviews left by other astrophotographers (click here to read some of them) that we would highly recommend you read if you have a few minutes spare.
Being a nice little prime lens that is based around the 12mm focal length you are able to capture some epic photographs and footage of the night sky when mounting this on your a6000. The image quality the lens provides in low light conditions is perfect and the video below shows a time-lapse recording using a Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS over the period of about five hours to give an impression of how good it actually is.
Depending on your location, light pollution can be a real problem when trying to capture photographs of the night sky and the milky way so some people often choose to pick up either an ND filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability) or a full blow Light Pollution Reduction filter (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for their lenses. If you choose this path then be sure to get a filter with a thread size of 67mm and it will seamlessly fit the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS.
If you own a Sony a6000 and are looking to pick up a great little astrophotography lens to capture the night sky and improve your night photography then the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS is definitely the lens for you. On top of that, it can also double up as a great little landscape photography and ultra-wide angle lens too.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f/2 Standard-Prime Lens
The lens comes with everything that you would expect of a Sony lens, a great build quality, plenty of functionality, an easy to use system, a very responsive manual focus wheel, and an excellent level of performance. In fact, the only real downside for most people with the lens is that it costs almost double that of the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS covered above but for what the lens provides, the price tag is actually very fair.
Being another prime lens but this time with a focal length of 28mm the lens also offers you some great wide angle photography performance whereas the Rokinon lens above is more of an ultra-wide angle lens. We feel that the photograph above does a great job of showcasing this as it shows a range of the landscape as well as doing a great job of capturing the night sky considering the amount of light pollution the buildings are giving off.
Although we would always recommend the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS (Click here to check for product prices and availability) over this Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm due to it being much cheaper and with us loving the ultra-wide angle that it offers the Sony lens is still a solid choice and a very popular one at that. We would also like to quickly point out that our article covering a number of tips to help improve your Sony a6000 Milky Way photography may be helpful to you and worth checking out.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sony SEL28F20 FE to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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John Brighenti – Stars over Chincoteague – https://flic.kr/p/22fpXq2