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.
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.