Can I take a picture with a Canon EOS1300D with a Canon EF 50 mm f1.8 STM Lens of the milky way?

Thank you.

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    You can take a picture of anything with a 1300D and an EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. You might or might not get the result you are after, but you can always point the camera in that direction and shoot. – Michael C Dec 2 '17 at 1:15
  • @scottbb That other question is talking about much wider angles of view than an APS-C camera with a 50mm lens will give. – Michael C Dec 2 '17 at 1:19
  • @MichaelClark perhaps, but the answer by Octopus answers the generic question of that title quite well, with "Select a lens", and specifically mentions why anything more than 50mm FF (30mm crop) leads to too narrow of a FoV generally. The answer explains more than just the specific lens mentioned. Put another way, do we really need to maintain the same question for each individual focal length? – scottbb Dec 2 '17 at 2:08

Answer effort inline with question...

According to this review website you certainly can.

General verdict is that its a cheap lens, and not going to be as clear as nicer lenses out there.

The 1300D has a Bulb shutter mode and exposures up to 30 seconds. Again, a better camera would have less noise on long exposures.


That would be a good combination for the Milky Way. Although I usually like to use an 18 mm lens on a crop sensor camera for the Milky Way, you will get a smaller portion and longer Star trails. I usually shoot at ISO 3200-6400, lens wide open (f1.8 in your case) and mess with the shutter speed 10-30 seconds usually. I stack several images to reduce noise. You could use a lower ISO to reduce noise and a longer shutter speed but you may get unacceptable star trails. The only thing I don’t like about your setup is the long focal length but other than that it is a fine setup for the Milky Way. The Milky Way always needs post processing to bring out the colors otherwise it just looks like a bunch of stars.

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