The following page provides personally tested and approved cameras and lenses for Milky Way, star & night sky photography.
Full frame cameras and wide angle lenses offer the best quality for night photography.
You can also use a crop sensor camera but will not get the same results as using a full frame.
I highly recommend the full frame options, but have provided some crop sensor options as well.
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Additional Resources & Tools for Night Photography
Nikon Full Frame Cameras for Night Photography
Nikon D810 ( My Main Camera ) – Best dynamic range of any full frame camera on the market. Tough metal body perfect for mountaineering and backpacking. I highly recommend this camera to all landscape photographers who expect their gear to perform at the top level and take a beating at the same time.
Nikon D800 ( My Backup Camera ) – I feel the same about this camera as the D810. The dynamic range isn’t quite as good, but still all around a great camera. I don’t carry this backup for backpacking / traveling. This is a backup camera for long distance photo trips. This used to be my main camera and has worked perfectly for the past 5 years.
Nikon Crop Sensor Cameras for Night Photography
Nikon Compatible Lenses for Night Photography
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G – The best night & landscape photography lens currently made.
Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF Autofocus Lens – Another great wide angle lens.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 – Fantastic wide angle lens at a great price.
Canon Crop Sensor Cameras
Canon Compatible Lenses
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L – Fantastic all around lens, great for night photography and landscapes.