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Norway trip next year - can I manage with this lens for possible Northern Lights shots


Fluke 7 59 Wales
21 Nov 2012 12:29PM
I have a Canon 5d mk1, was going to take my EF 20-35 USM f3.5/4.5, I know this isn't a fast lens but the 5d can do ISO 1600 without any real loss of quality. With the trip I can't really afford to buy a nice prime (or I couldn't afford to go in the first place!) Obviously will have a tripod. I have got my 50mm f1.8 for less wide angle shots if I need it - I think it make come in handy for more targeted images.

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IanBurton 5 78 7 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 12:52PM
I'm heading to Lapland beginning of December so will be better experienced after that trip to advise on lens for northern lights. I'm yet to decide on my own kit but at present will be using 2 wide angle lens, Sigma 17-35mm and Sigma 28-70mm. These I hope will enable me to travel light but have enough range to capture the lights and landscapes, plus some closer comps. Have you considered lens hire, possibly 24-105, I hear it's very versatile.

Ian
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
21 Nov 2012 3:23PM
Ken Rockwell bangs on about extreme levels of colour fringing when using the 20-35mm on the 5D MK 1 or II, although presumably you can rectify this in DPP or similar. I've previously owned the 5D MK I and the lens you refer to, albeit at different times. I recall impressive central resolution from the lens.

In an ideal world you'd buy the fastest, most expensive wide-angle lens you could afford in order to minimise the need for extreme ISO settings, but failing that I'd be surprised if you can't extract some decent results from your existing gear. One idea would be to buy one of the relatively affordable Canon wide-angle primes and then sell it on once the trip was over?
cameraman 11 227 1 England
21 Nov 2012 3:41PM

Quote: Obviously will have a tripod


Then you don't need fast lenses or high ISO.
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
21 Nov 2012 3:50PM
@ Fluke- what month are you coming here?

Malc
Fluke 7 59 Wales
21 Nov 2012 4:26PM

Quote:@ Fluke- what month are you coming here?

Malc



March, we are sailing on a Hurtigruten ship from Tromso to Kirkeness - I think that's how its spelt. But we are having a evening/night trip Aurora hunting just out side Tromso the day before we sail.

I think this will be my best opportunity to photograph the lights.
Fluke 7 59 Wales
21 Nov 2012 4:28PM

Quote:Obviously will have a tripod

Then you don't need fast lenses or high ISO.



I have read for detailed Aurora shots that aren't too wishy washy, a shorter shutter speed is better, too long and the shots become more like long waterfall shots, all creamy and blurred.
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
21 Nov 2012 6:13PM

Quote:@ Fluke- what month are you coming here?

Malc

March, we are sailing on a Hurtigruten ship from Tromso to Kirkeness - I think that's how its spelt. But we are having a evening/night trip Aurora hunting just out side Tromso the day before we sail.

I think this will be my best opportunity to photograph the lights.


March is towards the end of the season for "The Lights", but will certainly be OK. Tromsų tends to be a very good area to see them. The night set aside for light hunting will be your best chance to get decent images as you will need an exposure of 20-40 secs depending on the conditions. Obviously on a ship, that is impossible. Use as large an apeture as possible. Ideally f/2.8 or larger

BTW: Tromsų and Kirkenes
carterart 10 74 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 6:35PM
I wrote an article here about my experience of aurora hunting if this helps.
ensign e2
7 191 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 6:36PM
Hi Fluke.

I did the trip in Feb. 2012, well worth while. Mind you it was a bit "cool". We saw "The Lights" at sea and I was using a G9. Got some images a bit shakey. ENJOY and good Hunting.
Bernard
smacau1 3 271 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 6:56PM
Would love to do this. Which travel companies would poeple recommend?
Fluke 7 59 Wales
21 Nov 2012 7:51PM

Quote:Hi Fluke.

I did the trip in Feb. 2012, well worth while. Mind you it was a bit "cool". We saw "The Lights" at sea and I was using a G9. Got some images a bit shakey. ENJOY and good Hunting.
Bernard



hi, did you do the exact trip I'm taking about with Hurtigruten? If so any more thoughts - I'd be interested to hear them.
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
21 Nov 2012 9:13PM

Quote:Would love to do this. Which travel companies would poeple recommend?


Fred Olsen cruises. Smallish boats ( 800-1200 passengers) so they can go into the fjords.
They are doing a series of Northern Lights cruises next year.
ensign e2
7 191 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 7:41PM
Hi Fluke,

Trying to send you messgae. Could you turn on the message system?

Bernard
Fluke 7 59 Wales
23 Nov 2012 10:18AM

Quote:Hi Fluke,

Trying to send you messgae. Could you turn on the message system?

Bernard



not sure what mean, I looked at my settings, can't see a "turn on" message tick box anywhere.

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