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    Pete
    Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Nov 2011 - 2:48 PM

    Here's a new idea for a forum thread. Some subjects need very specific aspects of a camera or lens to perform well and having shot star trials with a few cameras I realise it's one area where you could review a camera in a very specific way. So here's my findings with the new Sony NEX-5n

    How to use Sony NEX-5n for Star Trail photography
    Set Manual exposure in the Shoot Mode
    Set manual focus in the Camera Select menu
    Set ISO100 in the Brightness/Color menu
    Turn off SteadyShot in the Setup menu
    Turn on MF Assist in the Setup menu
    Turn off Long Exposure NR in the Setup menu

    Comments on Sony NEX-5n for Star Trail photography

    Focusing quite difficult.
    Several hot pixels
    Halation around bright stars
    Back LCD glows while exposure being made. It's not on but not fully off either
    Trails good, noise low in sky
    Fiddly single manual exposure dial
    No cable / remote release

    Rating of Sony NEX-5n for Star Trail photography:
    5/10

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    Our full review of the Sony NEX-5n

    If you shoot star trails and find this useful would you add cameras you have used with a similar appraisal and we'll build this up into a useful database of cameras

    Last Modified By Pete at 9 Nov 2011 - 2:49 PM
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    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96305 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Nov 2011 - 3:13 PM


    Quote: Focusing quite difficult.

    ? Surely one would just set it to infinity.

    Pete
    Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Nov 2011 - 3:23 PM


    Quote: ? Surely one would just set it to infinity.

    That would be great...in manual focus there is no such thing on this camera! and it goes beyond infinity.

    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Nov 2011 - 3:42 PM

    Oooh a Buzz Lightyear camera!!

    Grin

    elemental
    elemental  4
    9 Nov 2011 - 7:54 PM

    Personally, I find wide is best for star trails. Gallery [link removed, please use EPZ portfolio.]
    Latest example attached and shoot details included on web. Startrails are hard work but fun Smile

    Mark
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    Last Modified By Moderator Team at 10 Nov 2011 - 8:57 AM
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