Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Da vid No­ton

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Mak­ing good use of Canon lenses is Canon Am­bas­sador David No­ton, who cap­tured this shot of Dur­dle Door in Dorset, Eng­land while the ga­lac­tic cen­tre (the bright­est part) of the Milky Way was vis­i­ble. “For night sky pho­tog­ra­phy – when the max­i­mum amount of starlight needs to be cap­tured in an ex­po­sure last­ing less than 20 sec­onds – qual­ity lenses are a must,” he says, “And the wider and faster, the bet­ter.

“I’d pre­vi­ously tested the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens and been im­pressed by its corner-to-corner performance at its max­i­mum aper­ture of f/2.8, even at its short­est fo­cal length of 16mm. This L-se­ries lens now re­sides vir­tu­ally per­ma­nently in my cam­era bag.

“I had a com­po­si­tion in mind that would bal­ance the arc of the Milky Way above with the sweep of the beach and Dur­dle Door be­low. With my EF 16-35mm lens at its widest an­gle and aper­ture, I com­posed, then fo­cused on the lights in the dis­tance, zoom­ing in on Live View to check ac­cu­racy, then locked fo­cus by switch­ing to Man­ual. I di­alled in the set­tings, checked all was level, fine-tuned the com­po­si­tion and waited for the magic mo­ment.”

Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens at 120 sec, f/2.8, ISO 12,800 © David No­ton

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