About 2 months ago, I sold my Canon 6D and all my lenses to switch to a much lighter and far better camera system, FujiFilm X-T2. About a month ago, I went to Death Valley super excited that I'd get to shoot the Milky Way with my new camera system. Two nights in a row at Badwater Basin of 50+ mph winds, so I never got to pull my camera out.
This past weekend, I drove out to Joshua Tree. More specifically, I drove out to the Cholla Cactus Garden that's in the Southern area of the park. It is probably the darkest "mainstream" area of the park you can shoot the MW from.
A little backstory of frustration during last year's MW season. I bought an iOptron Sky Tracker Pro last year to use with my 6D and Rokinon 24mm F/1.4 lens. The 6+ outings I had with it gave me frustrations beyond belief. I determined that my 6D and Rokinon 24mm were too heavy for it. anything more than 30 seconds, and I risk star trailing due to the weight pulling the motor faster than it should run. Many times, i would tighten everything as much as I could to make sure it was not my ball head slipping in any way, but that did not help, and I did not want to buy the counter weight and add more gear to worry about.
That brings me to this year. In January, I decided to sell all my Canon gear and go APS-C with a Fuji X-T2. It is much lighter gear, and far better camera than the 6D with the only exception of low light. The 6D seems to be 1 stop less noisy at all ISOs than the X-T2, but that makes sense due to full frame vs crop. The X-T2 and Rokinon 21mm weigh 1.7lbs compared to the 6D and Rokinon 24mm at 3.1lbs.
Shooting all night with my X-T2 and small Rokinon APS-C lenses was such a joy. No longer do I have weight issues pulling the iOptron motor causing star trailing. This was not the only reason I switched camera systems, but it's a nice benefit.
There is another thread on this forum in which someone said the X-T2 may produce the best unmodified MW images due to the filters allowing more reds come through....or something to that matter. I must say, I do see more purples and reds than my 6D created. Even when I did 5-10 second exposures at ISO 12,800 to compare with my 6D, the X-T2 has more color.
Here is what I did for the image below...
- Fuji X-T2
- iOptron Sky Tracker Pro
- Rokinon 21mm F/1.4 @ F/2
- ISO 800
- 4 mins
- Fuji X-T2
- Rokinon 12mm F/2 @ F/8
- ISO 400
- 60 seconds
- Taken very early sunrise for better lighting and focus
I think next month, I will experiment more with stacking tracked images. Perhaps 8 exposures at 4 mins each to see what I can get...
Edited by 01Ryan10, 16 April 2018 - 10:52 AM.