Several years ago, we posted an article titled "Recommended Lenses For Night Photography" that a lot of people found helpful. Since then, a lot has changed that affects the lenses my training partner Darren White and I most like to recommend as the best choices so I decided that this original article deserved an update with the latest information and recommendations.
As a night photography workshop instructor, I'm committed to getting great nightscape images. And while we believe that the best images come from a combination of great composition, great technique, and having an eye for great image, having good gear certainly helps to make a difference. we think the gear is secondary to these first three items but it does help. We get a lot of questions from our students about what gear works best and so we like to have some good answers for them. On the approach to our workshops, we often get asked if we were to recommend one single lens, which one we would recommend to help students get the best shots possible.