Best lens for Northern Lights?

Started Oct 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jack Simpson Forum Pro • Posts: 11,482
Re: Adam wonderful pics....(Ditto)

AdamBird wrote:

Thanks for the comments about my shots. With regards to the setup etc... I always shot wide open, the lenses I have are not really too soft wide open so I felt like a small amount of sharpness was worth having a smaller ISO/shutter speed. I can accept the quality of my 7D to around 1600 ISO, 3200 not so much though. Keeping the shutter speed as short as possible was also in my intention to retain the detail in the aurora. I had the camera in Manual mode, wide open, started the ISO at 1600 and reduced if necessary, then experimented with different shutter speeds.
As for temperature, Iceland being an Island doesn't get as cold as mainland would and it is also warmed by the gulfstream so the coldest we saw was -8 deg C but it was usually somewhere in the region of -3/-4 deg C. Nothing like -30 although it was still cold with the wind blowing onto your skin. I had a generic base layer top and trousers, a Rab pertex thin jacket, a Montane Extreme coat and some Craghopper winter lined trousers. This was actually too warm for -8 so I had my coat open a bit, better to be too warm than cold I guess!

hi Adam,

A definite yes regarding the too warm vs too cold   I never really thought that Iceland would be effected by the "gulfstream" :o    Sounds like Iceland/Reykjavik has weather similar to Vancouver, although it (Reyk) might be chillier than YVR in depths of winter (Jan/Feb) but, definitely warmer than Churchill :D.

For some reason, I thought shooter Aurora would be similar to shooting fireworks .... "low asa, mid-range aperture (5.6ish) and focus to infinity".  Hmmmm .... interesting



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