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18-55mm f/2.8-4 Milky Way

Discussion in 'Lens-Specific Photo Archive' started by Mrcolin2u, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Mrcolin2u

    Mrcolin2u Premium Member

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    First attempt at the Milky Way.
    I was camping at the beach and it was s lovely clear sky and the only lens I had was the 18-55mm.

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    Fujiphotog Amateur photographer.

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    The best lens is the one you have with you.
     
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    This one you can see the oil rigs glowing at night!

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    An excellent pair! My 18-55 serves me so well and I commend you for showing its abilities.
     
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    Here’s another shot with a different exposure. It’s the first time I’ve attempted this type photo so I took quite a few shots at different settings.
    I transferred the pics to my iPhone and used Snapseed to edit.

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    What settings are you using?
     
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    ISO between 800 & 1600
    F2.8 20-30 sec exposure
    18mm
     
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    From what I've been reading, and it may be counter-intuitive, but higher ISO coupled with a long exposure should raise the SNR and make for cleaner images.
     
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    I don’t know this type of photography is new to me.
     
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    Please login or register to view links

    I can't test it myself as my X-S1 couples ISO to max exposure time (which is completely #*#(ing maddening), but you can try it out. Other articles have echoed this same sentiment. There is a base noise-floor from the sensor's read-out, and on most modern cameras/sensors that doesn't really increase with ISO. So, if you increase ISO (sensitivity) really high and then KEEP the exposure really high (signal), your SNR is effectively increased.

    If you get a chance to try it out, let me know!

    You can also have a go at software like Please login or register to view links which can integrate multiple "light" frames, dark frames, etc to further enhance SNR for you.
     
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    Seems as though the 18-55 is all one needs if these pics are typical , amazing ….
     
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    I have a Samyang 12mm for these types of shots but this was not planned and the only other lens for my XT20 is the 18/55 which has really impressed me .
     
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    Duplicate post
     
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    There have been numerous posts here about recent Fuj cameras being ISO-less, i.e., only 2 ISOs, 200 and 800 and the other ISO values are done by software after the shutter has closed. The SNR is optimized at these ISOs by underexposing to preserve highlights, while raising exposure if necessary in processing. I suggest you search for and read these posts.
     
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