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Mar 15, 2019 13:57:38   #
scsdesphotography
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
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Welcome to the forum. Although, it is out of your stated price range, the Nikon 810A features a sensor optimized for the spectrum of ionized hydrogen gas. This model has gotten very good reviews from both amateur and professional astrophotographers. You might be able to find a previously owned model at a better price at B&H or Adorama.

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/dslr-cameras/D810A.html

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Mar 15, 2019 14:17:15   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
repleo wrote:
Thanks GENorkus. When I was researching for my first FF camera I thought the Pentax K-1 was a great value for money option. Unfortunately, I went on a Pentax users forum at the time and found a lot of pessimism about the future of the brand and Ricoh's commitment to it. They seem to be coming out with some new products now so maybe they will start getting the recognition they deserve.


the K-1 II is one of the best low light high ISO cameras on the market. If you’re uncomfortable with that solution, then I suggest a full frame from Canon (used or refurbished 6D), Sony or Nikon. If low light photography is your goal, FF is the answer. A FF body will typically be a stop better in terms of low light/high ISO performance than a crop camera, and in low light, that stop is worth its weight in gold. You can trade it for half the exposure time or half the ISO or an extra stop of aperture.

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Mar 15, 2019 14:17:17   #
larryepage (a regular here)
 
Just keep in mind that the D810A and other cameras modified or built for astrophotography are not going to be usable for ordinary visible-light photography. Color rendition will be all wrong. See the NikonUSA website for the D810A for more information on this.

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Mar 15, 2019 14:19:45   #
ASCET3
 
Will do and it never came up in coversations for low light. Thank you for the tip. I am so happy with the responses and variety of camera modles and makes. No bias.

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Mar 15, 2019 14:29:34   #
ASCET3
 
I have 4 contax/yashika lenses. 1one is a 85mm f1.4,
28mm f2.8, 35mm f2.8 and a telephoto 200mm. I found an adapter that will work with attaching to nikon. I am hoping to just buy a body and another wide angle and use the older lenses for normal pictures. I may sell a few to get some extra cash.
This is a journey. Lol

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Mar 15, 2019 14:31:59   #
ASCET3
 
Will do and it never came up in coversations for low light. Thank you for the tip. I am so happy with the responses and variety of camera modles and makes. No bias.

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Mar 15, 2019 14:43:48   #
bwana
 
TriX wrote:
Question: does modifying a camera/sensor for sensitivity to the Ha Spectrum involve removing the anti- aliasing filter? And if so, can you recommend a company that specializes in the work?

All filters in front of the sensor are replaced with optical glass in a full spectrum conversion.

I've had very good success with LifePixel (https://www.lifepixel.com) on four mods. They use a clean room for their conversions and I've never had a problem with dust spots which is the bane of most conversions.

Clear skies!

bwa

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Mar 15, 2019 14:47:08   #
bwana
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Thank you, taking it all in and feel I will make a good final decision. I have a number of Zeiss contax lenses from the 35mm days and need to find out if they can work with the A7s. That ewould save me some money.

Take a look at https://briansmith.com/gear/sony-lens-adapters/.

bwa

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Mar 15, 2019 14:55:20   #
bwana
 
larryepage wrote:
Just keep in mind that the D810A and other cameras modified or built for astrophotography are not going to be usable for ordinary visible-light photography. Color rendition will be all wrong. See the NikonUSA website for the D810A for more information on this.

A Kolari Vision Color Correcting Hot Mirror filter https://kolarivision.com/product/kolari-vision-color-correcting-hot-mirror-filter-uvir-cut-filter/ does a very good job of returning a full spectrum camera to near normal spectrum results. I've used a Kolari filter on full spectrum Canon 7D II, Canon 60D, Sony A7R, Sony A7S and Sony RX10 III cameras with good results.

bwa

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Mar 15, 2019 15:18:00   #
guardineer
 
[quote=ASCET3]Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?[/

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Mar 15, 2019 15:29:16   #
guardineer
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to... (show quote)


Since I own one of the cameras you mentioned and I take many night sky photographs I thought I could provide some information. I purchased a refurbished D5500 and Nikkor 18-300 and a used Nikkor 10-20. Cost was about $1200. A couple years after my camera purchase I also added the Nikkor 150-500. Here are samples.
18-300
18-300...
(Download)
10-20
10-20...
(Download)
150-500
150-500...
(Download)

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Mar 15, 2019 15:42:29   #
ASCET3
 
I was originally looking at the d5600 for price and usi ng it for low light and normal. I know its not the best for low light but I am on a buget. The pictures you are showing of the mw, did you do any stacking to produce uour image?

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Mar 15, 2019 15:46:51   #
ASCET3
 
Is the d800 the same? I found a used one for $830.00. Also is it capable of good normal everyday pictures?

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Mar 15, 2019 15:53:53   #
larryepage (a regular here)
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Is the d800 the same? I found a used one for $830.00. Also is it capable of good normal everyday pictures?


The D800 is the standard version of that camera capable of excellent everyday pictures.

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Mar 15, 2019 16:41:12   #
ORpilot
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to... (show quote)


I have been using a used Sony a7s for about a year now with a used Samyang 14mm f2.8 The Sony a7s has excellent low noise at higher ISO compared to other cameras. I would also recomend the Sigma 10-20mm. But the new guy on the block is the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f2.8 lens. It has almost no distortion.
Sony a7s, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, f4.5, 30 sec, ISO 4000. minimal PP and no stacking
Sony a7s, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, f4.5, 30 sec, ISO...

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