Astrophotography Options for M43

Started Nov 21, 2017 | Discussions thread
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Eric Nepean
Eric Nepean Veteran Member • Posts: 3,916
Astrophotography Options for M43

I've been looking for an affordable better astrophotgraphy option for M43, better than my PanaLeica 15/1.7, which is a lovely lens for most uses.

Just thought that I would share my thoughts on what I have so far

The lens that gathers the most light in a wide FOV is of course the Voigtlander 10.5mm F/0.95. But it's pricey, kind of soft wide open, the corners are soft and noticeable coma.

Next up are some good IQ but expensive options:

  • Oly 12mm F1.2
  • Voigtlander 17mm F0.95
  • Panny 12mm F1.4
  • Kowa 12mm F1.8

But then I happen to have a Metabones speedbooster FD to M43 (0.71x) and a Nikon F to FD adapter.

A few options open up with the speedbooster:

  • Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm F2 Fmount ($179) + Speedbooster ==> 14 mm F1.4
  • IRIX 15mm F2.4 Fmount ($475) +Speedbooster ==> 10.6mm F 1.7
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Fmount ($800) +Speedbooster ==> 14mm F1.0
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