Best lens for Northern Lights?

Started Oct 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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yodermk
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Best lens for Northern Lights?
Oct 29, 2012

Going to Churchill, Manitoba in February.  I read that you need a fast ultrawide zoom - f/2.8 or better.  Relevant lenses that I have (for my 60D):

8mm Bower(Samyang) fisheye f/3.5 (but only really good at f/5.6 or 8)

10-22 f/3.5-4.5

17-55 f/2.8

Sigma 30 f/1.4

Will I wish I had anything beyond this?  I'm particularly wondering why the need for f/2.8.  Can't long exposure make it OK at f/5.6 or more?

The 17-55 of course fits the bill but I figured I would use the 10-22 more, and maybe even the fisheye.

My local Craigslist has a decent deal on a 24L II, a lens I want to get someday when I have an FF camera.  Not sure how much it would benefit me on this trip?

Thanks!

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If it's a *Single* Lens Reflex, why do I need so many lenses?

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Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS +8 more
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