Why astro-landscape and timelapse photography demands lightweight cameras

Why do I complain about wanting more lightweight camera gear?

I didn’t realize just how much I sound like a whiney kid until I watched this clip later, so my apologies lol. Maybe I am indeed a sissy for not being able to lug THREE D810’s or 5D mk3’s up a hill, mounted to multiple 14-24’s or 24-70’s or other 2.8 full-frame DSLR zooms. Also, just maybe, …next time I should count my blessings and and enjoy watching the sunrise while my camera does its thing… ;-)

Hopefully you’ll still get my point – lightweight, compact cameras that deliver great image quality aren’t just for beginners and sissies, they’re highly useful for astro-landscape and timelapse photographers who often take 1-2+ hours just to create a single image or sequence.

Dear Sony, please reconsider your policy of ignoring lightweight primes!

I personally feel it is highly lamentable that so far, Sony’s official line has been that they’re not very concerned with delivering any lightweight, compact primes for their full-frame mirrorless A7-series.  So far, their 55mm is $1,000 and weighs a ton, and their 35mm is f/2.8 and while lightweight, doesn’t exactly tempt astro-landscape shooters at $700 for an f/2.8 aperture.

Unfortunately, the last I heard from Sigma was that neither are they ready to deliver their Art lineup of lenses to the FE mount, so we won’t see the 35mm f/1.4 Art any time soon, nor a yet-unannounced 24mm f/1.4 Art.

Then again, Rokinon has been moderately gung-ho about supporting the FE mount, with both their 14mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/1.4 available without adapters, and those two lenses are pretty much the go-to lenses for astro-landscape shooters.

Speaking of adapters, it is important to remember that if there is one thing Sony’s FE mount does NOT lack, it is adapters.

All this to say, if you’re only looking to pack 1-2 cameras into the wilderness, you’re probably OK.  Feel free to criticize me for whining about the lack of lightweight options.  That’s fine with me, I’ll be busy packing 2-3-4 cameras up a mountain.

Take care,
=Matt=