See through these lenses and capture that Solar Eclipse
The recent Super Flower Blood Moon was indeed a sight to behold. Though a considerable number of people may not have seen it, the internet was not scarce of documentation of this celestial wonder that could fulfill the curious appetite of online netizens. Among the multitude of images and videos online from the many stargazers and enthusiasts, there are some that do not do the celestial phenomenon justice, while some produced astounding images that would not have been visible to the average human’s eyesight. This just goes to show that at times, what the naked eye does not see, the internet–and the right tech–can provide.
While photography skills play a huge role in capturing rare astronomical moments like these, the correct photography tools will take your photos a long way. Admittedly, today’s technology allows for some phone cameras to be well equipped enough for this type of feat. Some of them have features like super nightscape capabilities, starry modes, or even 10 to 20x hybrid zooms. At the end of the day though, phone cameras are one thing, but more serious photographers with actual equipment dedicated to the wonders of photography will yield imagery that can spell out an otherworldly difference.
If you’re looking to catch the next astronomical phenomenon, such as June’s ring of fire solar eclipse, November’s lunar eclipse, or even the next blood moon happening May 2022, it might be a good idea to start exploring tech that will expand your horizons in the world of photography and #CheckCyberzone for camera lenses to see the beauty beyond with:
“Kit” Zooms – Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
Most DLSRs will come with zoom lenses when you purchase them. These are commonly referred to as “kit lenses”. In the case of this model from Nikon, the zoom lenses span a long-reaching range that can go all the way up to 300mm. This focal length will allow you to capture astronomical phenomena fairly well, fitting into the frame a good size of the celestial body you’re trying to capture.
Do note that for solar eclipses, you’ll need a solar filter to make the most out of it and get the best results.
Super Telephotos – Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
Telephoto lenses are go-to’s for photographing subjects that are farther away. Its longer reach allows magnification of subjects in your frame because these lenses have a relatively narrower field of view, making them even better than zoom lenses which only adjust focal length.
Hailed as one of Canon’s most expensive lenses, the Canon EF 800mm USM Lens is held in high regard because of its top-notch range in physical quality and superb image quality. Normally used for photography in the world of wildlife, and sports, these lenses will undoubtedly deliver astonishing results in photographing a solar eclipse as well as all other sorts of astronomical adventures and spectacles.
Super Telephoto Zooms – Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
Another set of lenses worthy to explore is a super telephoto zoom lens, which allows you a wide range of motion for zooming in and out of your subject and frame. These hit the right spots in terms of focal length covering both those of kit zooms and telephoto lenses; though you might have to settle for a wider aperture.
Despite this, these super telephoto lenses are an excellent middle ground that will allow you to get the best of both worlds and go off on your journey to capturing the otherworldly beauty of these celestial wonders.
Bonus: these are a lot more compact, at least in terms of weight, as opposed to the former 800mm super telephoto lenses mentioned above.
#CheckCyberzone and get ready to see through the right lenses that will help you catch more than a glimpse of sights truly and literally– out of this world.