Samsung NX1 and the Milky Way

Samsung NX1 and Samyang 12mm F2 lens Silver

Recently I took delivery of the Samyang 12mm F2 NCS lens, my objectives for this lens were some astrophotography, especially the Milky Way with the NX1. The Samsung NX1 is a crop sensor so I knew I wasn’t going to get the sublime shots you see from a full frame sensor, but still I wanted to try it out. The fact that the lens is wide and fast makes this a superb astro lens.

What do you need for astrophotography or to shoot the Milky Way with a Samsung NX camera? Well to start with you need a good tripod, also a remote timer trigger works best. Then you need a fast wide-angle lens, with the ability to set the focus to infinity. Thats where the Samyang 12mm f2 manual focus lens comes into its own.

Here I have a couple of samples of recent shots taken with this camera/lens combo. The first was taken at Kielder Forest, and its awesome dark skies. Here I took a total of 8 landscape shots and then simply stitched them together in Lightroom to create this shot. Each separate image was shot with the same settings which were 20secs – iso2500 – f2 – 12mm. I was amazed at the detail that was picked up. The light pollution at the bottom of the frame is from the setting sun still, as I shot this only a couple hours after sun down. The camera always sees more than the eyes, when it comes to light.

Milkyway Kielder Forest - An 8 shot stitch taken in the awesome dark skies of Kielder Forest.
Milky Way Kielder Forest – An 8 shot stitch taken in the awesome dark skies of Kielder Forest.

The second shot I want to show you is this one taken in the Scottish Highlands, this is a single exposure shot. The settings for this one were ISO2000 – 20secs – f2 – 12mm. Unlike on the shot above on this one the night was being backlit by a rather full and bright moon. This gave me far more light on the foreground, but far fewer details in the sky.

Milky Cottage - Glen Etive on a rare clear evening and the Milky Way
Milky Cottage – Glen Etive on a rare clear evening and the Milky Way

4 thoughts on “Samsung NX1 and the Milky Way

  • November 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    queria saber si con el lente 12-24mm puedes llegar a hacer fotos como las que publicaste

  • November 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    wanted to know if the 12-24mm lens you can get to take pictures as you published

    • November 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Hello my friend. The Samsung 12-24mm is only f4, so not the best for astrophotography. You really need a faster lens for that. Something around f2. The Samyang NX 12mm is good for this, and cheaper than the Samsung lens.

      Hola, amigo. El 12-24mm Samsung sólo f4 , por lo que no es el mejor para astrofotografía . Usted realmente necesita una lente más rápido para eso. Algo alrededor f2 . El 12mm Samyang NX es bueno para esto , y más barato que la lente Samsung .

  • November 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Vary thanks. You work is Amazing. i have the NX30 and I hope I can get to do such interesting pictures like yours. a hug.


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