Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle lens ReviewsFirst off, let me state that I am not a "professional" in that I do not perform photography for my career. I suppose you could say I fall into that (seemingly) ever-growing "prosumer" market point. I love to have nice, quality items, but at the same time I do not like to break the bank. I have always (and always will be) a very money conscious person that always looks to get the most for what money I am willing to spend. This lens by 14mm Rokinon (Samyang) is a great value when Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 comes to the always important image quality to cost ratio. The sharpness and performance of this lens is great, and I am thoroughly impressed. Comparing this lens to my Canon 24-105L (which is roughly 2.5x the cost) as far as sharpness, clarity, and color reproduction is outstanding. The sharpness especially is just as good if not better than the Canon. . .but obviously all of this comes at a cost.
What cost is that, you may ask? The cost of luxury. . .pure, plain, and simple. This lens does not have any auto-focus, any image stabilization, any electronics period. Now to someone like myself who thrives on the technical aspects of most anything out there (engineer for a reason I guess, haha), this lens answers a call of the minimalistic nature - one where you have to take the time and think about what you are shooting with respect the environment (lighting conditions, subject matter, etc) you find yourself in. If you do take your time, are willing to work through a fully manual lens to match your shooting environment, you will be fully rewarded with your results from this wonderful lens.
A point of note, and something that I took into account and kept in the back of my mind before purchasing this lens. . .there is apparently somewhat of a quality issue with improperly focused (de-centered) lenses, i.e. soft focus on one side or the other of the lens. I will admit that my copy is ever so slightly (and I do mean a very small amount) softer on the bottom right of the frame. Is Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 enough for me to notice? Not really. . .and I am a very analytical individual when it comes to scrutinizing just about anything (especially my pictures). The ever so slight de-centering was only noticed when testing specially for this. In real world testing, the de-centering is non-existent. Overall though, just something to keep in mind. Also, this lens does have some distortion - all of which can be fixed very simply with a program/plugin such as PTLens or other various lens profiles floating around out there on the internet for programs such as Lightroom or Photoshop.
Summary? I don't think you can get a better lens in the $400 or below range. If you are wanting a lens for a walk around/point and shoot type, well this is obviously not your choice. If you like to shoot landscapes, or put emphasis on a subject with a larger background in view, well then this lens is definitely worth a look. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this lens about a 9/10. The one knock to me is the lack of ability to use a standard filter (i.e. circular polarized filter for landscapes).
I will definitely keep other Rokinon (Samyang) products in mind on (seemingly inevitable) future lens purchases!
Side Notes: I am shooting with this lens on a crop sensor, not full frame. & Look for my images watermarked "Down Scope Photography" in the sample photos for examples.
*Edit* After viewing lens on full frame body, more de-centering is evident in lens (not noticed really on my crop sensor body). Just re-ordered a new copy to come while I send this one back. If I wasn't so particular, it would not be an issue. I still leave this lens at 5 stars for the moment, pending on how the new lens looks.
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 User ReviewsThis is truly an excellent lens. I use 14mm F/2.8 on a Canon 5d II and I'm very pleased with 14mm F/2.8's sharpness and quality build. For the money 14mm F/2.8 a steal. The Rokinon, Bower, Proptic and similar Vivitar lenses are actually made by Samyang Optics Co. Ltd of South Korea. Their 8mm, 14mm and 85mm lenses are high quality and are true bargains. I also have the Rokinon 8mm fisheye which works great as an extreme wide angle on my Canon 20d. I bought the Rokinon brand from Cameta Camera because of their great customer service and very good prices. These are manual focus lenses which is not a problem on extreme wide angle lenses.
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 ReviewsI was skeptical about getting this lens being that there are no reviews for Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 on Amazon as of the writing of this review, but I will say, I was pleasantly surprised!
Now, I will let Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 be known that this is the first lens I have bought to add to my collection, so I am by no means an expert. That being said, this lens is perfect for me. The image is very sharp, which was a concern for me at this price range. The colors look great and the build seems very rugged. I shoot a lot of DSLR video, and this lens will make a great addition to my filming needs. Be warned, however, that the lens is fully manual. Complete with aperture ring and the works, so if you are look for something for a very amateur user, they may have troubles. All in all, I highly recommend this piece of equipment!
14mm F/2.8 lens ReviewsI bought this lens about a month ago to be able to use with my canon Xsi and also D5. This lens performs very well with Xsi giving about 22.4 mm equivalent. The main reason why I bought this lens is the capability of using F2.8 considering that most of the Canon lenses with this F stop and focal length are really expensive (at least 3 times). I used the lens for wide field astrophotography, land escapes and northern lights. The lens is fully manual so focus and aperture have to be set by hand; however, 14mm F/2.8 can be still used with AV function of the camera.
Aperture ring sets very easily
Optics are quite good, almost no flare when taken in front of the sun. E.g. Sunset or sunrise, moon set or moon rise
Color is exceptionally good
Distortion at F 2.8 is not bad and easy to correct using Photoshop if you are taking picture of buildings.
No vignetting when used with Xsi
So far I have not notice to much distortion at the corners Compared with my expensive L series lenses (F4). The distortion at the corners is surprisingly less
Chromatic aberration seems to be well controlled. Actually, 14mm F/2.8 seem very similar to canon L series.
Still significant vignetting when used with canon 5D. However, not worse than that for the 17-40 mm L F4 canon.
It is hard to focus. Basically in Xsi, I can use the live view at 10X to get a sharp focus. The lens has focus measurements but they are not well calibrated so you need to find your own. To make your focus easy, you need to do it at maximum aperture to be able to get enough light then go to your desired aperture according to the deep of field you would like to achieve.
You can't have a filter on top of the lens, so you need to be extra careful. However, I am not sure if this is a con, since night photography (including northern light) is all done without filter so this prevents me from forgetting taking the filter off.
This manual lens has very good optics. All very well corrected and not that different form the premium once or at least the canons F4 (17-40mm and 24-110 mm). It is one rare combination of quality and price because usually you get what you pay. Perhaps the fact that the lens is all manual makes it significant cheaper.
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle lensGreat sturdy well-built lens, my only fault is that since Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 is a manual lens and can't be controlled by the camera, Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 is a little difficult to properly adjust the focus especially when you are moving around, but this is no fault with the lens. The focus adjustment is very smooth and the glass seems very high quality!
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8I purchased this lens several months ago to use on my Canon 5d mark 1 camera. This is by far the sharpest, most flare-and color fringing-resistant lens in its class. I owned the Nikon 14-24mm lens and this lowly lens beats the Nikon hands down on all counts, exept vignetting (easily correctable in Photoshop) and distortion - but get a PT Lens software, which has this lens correction pre-programmed in its database and distortion becomes a non-issue.
Solidly built, operates smoothly, light (under 450 grams), much more compact than Nikon 14-24mm, incredible resolution, color balance and color fringing resistance - simply crushes Nikon 14-24mm (my personal experience and comparison and also see independent reviews on the Net), no flare, even when shooting straight into the Sun.
Fully manual - no auto anything, including the aperture (not an issue for this ultra-wide lens and actually is an advantge, since 14mm F/2.8 greatly improves reliability).
No depth-of-field scale - not an issue for this ultra-wide lens; setting the focus to 1 meter and stopping down to f11 gives you the maximum depth-of-field (o.5 meters to infinity) at best optical performance. For wide-open shooting focus the lens manually.
Vignetting, especially at wide apertures - easily correctable in Photoshop, and gone by f11.
Significant complex distortion (5%) - get a PT Lens software, which has this lens' complete correction pre-programmed in its database and distortion becomes a non-issue.
Aperture blades may become sticky in temperatures below 32 degrees F (0 deg. C) - no significant impact, because the aperture control is fully manual. If this occurs, rotate the aperture ring back and forth a few times to take care of this in the field; there is no need to even remove the lens from the camera.
I highly recommend this lens.
14mm F/2.8 Cameras lens ReviewsI enjoy taking pictures with this lens. Photzone shows amazing MTF. Iam startled by the pictures I get and would recommend this lens to other Pentaxians.
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Cameras LensesI was really reluctant about this lens since I have the Pentax DA 15mm limited and I had some bad experiences with Korean made lens. What a surprise! This is a good surprise.
1. very affordable.
2. full frame capable.
3. very well built (except for the cap).
4. feel sturdy in hand but relatively light.
5. long and smooth throw for manual focusing, what a treat. (while not Pentax (K, M, A) smooth, good enough)
6. resolution high even at f2.8.
7. relatively resistance to flare.
8. automatic aperture on Pentax.
9. color rendition pretty good.
1. no filter ring (no full frame lens like this has filter ring on the front).
2. big front glass element.
So far, I like Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 a lot.
Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Olympus 4/3I'll premise this review by saying that I've spent most of my adult life as a professional photographer. My images have appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and others. I've shot for many of the major wire services in America.
So, when I write this review, 14mm F/2.8 comes from a professional prospective.
When I first opened the lens, I thought the packaging (not shipping packaging but the retail box) was a little lacking. That however is about the only negative thing I can say about this lens.
The sharpness is extraordinary, corner to corner and edge to edge. At f2.8 14mm F/2.8's more then adequate and at f8 14mm F/2.8 by far one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.
It compares in overall sharpness to my 300 2.8, which is an extremely sharp lens.
The lens has good contrast (a little on the high side, but very good for such a wide lens) and the colors show no noticeable signs of shift.
The lens is fully manual. you set the aperture and the screen darkens. This lens is not for those wishing to point and shoot. 14mm F/2.8 not easy to manually focus a 14mm lens, and this is no exception.
I've found that Live View really helps. The focus ring is smooth and has a nice throw.
I've read some about distortion. Well, unless you're doing very specialized photos, you'll never notice it, however I did install PTLens and it corrected the distortion just fine. Honestly, I didn't think that the images looked any better when corrected.
Overall, I'd rate this lens a 10 out of 10 for VALUE. for the money, I don't believe you can get anything close.
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Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Olympus 4/3 ReviewsI am using this lens on a Canon 5D Mark II. I have several zoom lenses in this range, but was looking for a fast, superwide prime. The choice would be this or the Canon 14L II. This is the same as the Samyang, rebranded.
After receiving the lens, I ran some tests against 16-35 2.8, and sigma 12-24, and was floored. The corner to corner sharpness of this lens is fantastic. I peaks at around 5.6, but the corners at 2.8 are better than the other 2 lenses at f11. the microcontrast and color is very good. The barrel distortion is hefty, and complex with a mustache distortion, however, often not well visible in landscape, but visible in architectural images. Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 is correctable using a $25 program called ptlens, and there is also a profile for acr 6.1 out there, which works great. Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 is an absolute bargain. I purchased a focus confirmation chip for 14 from ebay, glued it on, and I get focus confirmation too.
feb 2012 update
I have had this lens along side Nikon 14-24 2.8, adapted to canon with use on my 5d2, and at 2.8, the rokinon is sharper in the corners has less flare and less CA than the mighty Nikon. However the nikon has less distortion, and catches up by f 5.6 even in the corners. Additionally, do not rely on the distance markings on the focus ring. On my copy infinity focus is achieved at the 3 meter marking. 3 meters is achieved at 2m. for my style of shooting I dont find this troublesome at all. for landscape shooting I focus with live view anyway. for hand held, my focus is between 1 and 2 meters most of the time and it works fine.