Review The Laowa 7.5 as an Astro lens

travelbug

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I was super impressed when I saw that shot! I tried something similar last year in the Dolomites and boy, I never knew how hard it was to stand still for any length of time! After about 10 minutes I gave up ... I am just not the type of person for that kind of photography 😂
Haha yeah, it can be tricky. Well Im from a tropical country, and unlike the Dolomites which was likely cold and windy, summer nights, when I took most of these images can be quite relaxing so that couldve helped.
 

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fantastic set of photos, love the first one a lot, I need to get up to speed on this, unfortunately light pollution is terrible her in SE England
 

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Sadly I find a bigger issue in England is how rarely the Milky Way appears above the horizon. I can get to darkest Lincolnshire quite easily, I'm just not happy with the nightscapes I can capture there.
 

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They look great but I couldn't get on with the weird parabolic flares at f2 and the major vignetting at every aperture. Why didn't they make this lens a bit bigger?! Sent mine back.
 

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They look great but I couldn't get on with the weird parabolic flares at f2 and the major vignetting at every aperture. Why didn't they make this lens a bit bigger?! Sent mine back.
Too bad. Personally, Ive never had issues lifting the vignette in post when I needed to. And as for the flare, one can cover the light source with your thumb or fingers on a second shot and mask the flare in post. I love the size of the lens as it barely occupies additional space in my kit. That being said, I wouldnt mind a weather sealed, bright zoom manual lens from laowa.
 

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