I was loading my car after a recent night class at the Chicago Botanic Garden when I saw the moon and reflected light from Chicago. I didn’t have a proper camera support available so it was my elbows and the roof of the car. Fortunately, I had been using the “night lens” during class so it was the one on the camera. I could dial down to an aperture of f2.2 which provided a shutter speed of 1/20th once I kicked the ISO up to 12,800. The resulting colors could be addicting and the ability to open up to f1.4 makes it easy to get available light shots.
Get a fast lens if this is for you. Open your current lens all the way to explore the concept before making a new purchase. Either way, you’ll find it’s great fun to shoot at night without flash.