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Cameras for Star Trail Photography

Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
9 Nov 2011 2:48PM
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:


Our full review of the Sony NEX-5n

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JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
9 Nov 2011 3:13PM

Quote:Focusing quite difficult.

? Surely one would just set it to infinity.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
9 Nov 2011 3:23PM

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 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 3:42PM
Oooh a Buzz Lightyear camera!!

elemental 8 2
9 Nov 2011 7:54PM
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


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