Photographing Northern Lights in Iceland - Dec 2019

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Deckard007 New Member • Posts: 8
Photographing Northern Lights in Iceland - Dec 2019

Hello everyone, I am going to Reykjavik this Christmas. I have Canon 80D with stock 18-135mm. F3.5- 5.6 USM lens. I only shoot in RAW and I have never used a tripod before (I will buy one ). I was thinking of getting new lens for this trip like Canon EF 24mm f1.4 USM. However , Canon 80D is old news already . Anything above 800 ISO is unusable. I was thinking of upgrading the camera, but not in 2019. I read that the full sensor vs crop sensor is huge when it comes to light sensitivity.

Is it possible to take good pictures of Northern lights with the stock setup I have or I should not even bother bringing it with me for the lights ? (F 3.5- F5.6). Since I will get a tripod, I think I will just make my long exposure even longer (shutter speed). I have never done any night photography , but I have done underwater photography with Canon PowerShot Pro 1 in Ikelite housing , external strobe and all manual exposure at 120 ft below ,back in 2005. Another reason I don't want to upgrade my camera now is because I want a new model that I can buy Ikelite housing for (not on this trip). So, I wonder if I should invest in New lens now.

The bottom line is, do I get fast prime lens or 24- 70mm. for Northern lights or will i do just fine with the lens I have? Thank you very much

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