Astrophotography - Beginner guide to lenses?


Mar 24, 2011
Hi all,

I created a thread a few weeks back about potential first camera for a decent price range. I ended up ignoring everything and grabbing a Canon 100D with a 18-55mm STM camera lens. A friend recommended it and it was slap bang in my price range so I just went with it.

I'm absolutely loving it and I'm super interested in focusing on landscape photography and also night-time astrophotography. Taking landscape photos, milky way shots (wide angle jobs) and things like that.

Anyway with my Canon 100D I've seen a lot of people online recommend a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 MF lens which is around £450 in the UK. However my problem is it's hard to find here without shipping from overseas which slaps a hefty shipping cost on top. I was wondering if there are any alternatives that are widely available in the UK that do the same job but could be around £300 price mark instead? I know Astrophotography is an expensive hobby and a wide angle lenses are quite expensive but as I'm a complete beginner I would welcome any help/advice I can get on the matter. I've taken some cool pictures so far and my camera has impressed me in low light conditions with it's standard lens, but I just want to invest in a specialised lens for the future.

Any help?!

Thank you all in advance! :)

EDIT: Ok after looking a little more online it seems the Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens is the UK equivalent of the Rokinon. Exactly the same apart from branding. So if I'm reading correctly I just need to purchase the Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens?


Before you buy anything, I suggest you discuss this with your local or nearby Observatory members. They routinely do such photography. Of course they have sophisticated equipment and would be glad to help out and guide you.
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