20mm too tight for Milky Way time-lapse cropped to 16:9 video?

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Dominic Ryan Regular Member • Posts: 390
20mm too tight for Milky Way time-lapse cropped to 16:9 video?

Hi all,

Have been into photography for over 20 years, but having recently discovered a love of taking milky way nightscapes and especially time-lapse, I feel like I am also back to square one again in many respects.

After recently getting myself a used A7s my piggy bank is empty, as such I'm looking for a single lens solution for at least the next 12 months while I pay it off and save. I'm trying to be conscious that 90% of the photos I'm taking at present are single exposures being combined to create time-lapse on a 16:9 video aspect ratio. Very interested in trying to have a go at night sky hyper lapse as well.

To me it seems the Samyang 14mm f2.8 would be the best budget friendly option, however wondering if this is too wide and also if it is bright enough? Also looking at the Samyang or Viltrox 20mm f1.8 which are at the top of what I could spend, however would these be too tight when being cropped for a 16:9 video?

I think the decision basically boils down to, is the 20mm focal length too tight for milky way time-lapse shots when considering further cropping will be required to fit in a 16:9 video?

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