I did a quick trip up to see my wife’s family this week in Eastern Montana. I didn’t have a lot of time to explore, but did get out this past weekend during a new moon and captured the Milky Way out on Strawberry Hill just outside of Miles City, Montana. It was a perfect evening with the exception of the ravenous mosquitos. The night sky was clear and the stars were plentiful.
I decided to give my Fuji a quick test to see how it would perform and I’ll have to say I give it a thumbs up. I had some issues with the EVF that I’ll have to figure out, but overall the sensor performed better than expected. I haven’t had a chance to process all my files or my 5D Mark III files, but home to compare them here shortly.
I just had my Fuji XF18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens and it was perfect for some astrophotography. I had it set at f/2.8 at 18mm and made for a perfect shot. The new Sunwayfoto L-bracket was perfect for this event and fired the camera using the remote shutter application via my iPhone to control the camera.
Here’s the image. I did process the raw using Capture One Pro. I’ve found that the processing engine is much better with the Fuji Raws versus Lightroom. The images are much sharper and cleaner when processed using Capture One Pro. I do a lens profile adjustment, white balance mostly and then export them into a 16-bit tiff file for import into Lightroom where I’ll do all my keyword tagging and final adjustments for the image. I did use David Kingham’s Night Photography presets for this image.
Fuji X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
- Lens: Fuji XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens
- ISO: 3200
- Focal Length: 18 mm
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Shutter Speed: 25 sec.
- Post Processing: Capture One Pro 7 (Mac/Win), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Software for Mac and Windows (Boxed Version)