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keydet

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 5
Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC review by keydet
Review Date: 4/6/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $300.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wide, fast, sharp
Cons: No AF

Even without considering how inexpensive this lens is, it is a very good ultra-wide prime. Consider the cost and it is an exceptional value.
CW

Registered: March 2014
Posts: 1
Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC review by CW
Review Date: 3/30/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $360.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Affordable, decent construction, extremely sharp
Cons: Barrel distortion and vignetting, not weather proof.

Other posts complain of distortion, low contrast, etc. The review points out that it has barrel distortion but it is easily corrected in Adobe Photoshop using the Warp function. As for low contrast, perhaps wide open but perfectly acceptable at F4 or higher, and you can easily add contrast with any photo software.


I previously owned the Canon L series 17-40 and 16-35 lenses. This lens is easily sharper than either of those at any F stop, regardless of what others may say.


If you have trouble manual focusing then this may not be the lens for you because the deep depth of field even at 2.8 may make it difficult. But after you do some tests and learn where to set the focus ring it all falls into place.


As for the-digital-picture.com and Ken Rockwell being the only two accurate reviews of this lens, that is pure BS. DXOMark and Photozone.DE have both highly rated this lens. If one can't work around the known weaknesses of this lens, then get another hobby because you certainly aren't a professional.


A highly recommended lens.
uforias

Registered: October 2010
Posts: 3
Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC review by uforias
Review Date: 2/22/2014 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $350.00| Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Cheap
Cons: Unsharp - Too much Distortion - Huge Vigneting - Low Contrast

I have bouth this lens after reading a few very positive reviews regarding its performance comparing to i.e. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II, which I own. Unfortunately I have been able to prove myself that these so called reviews are not true. The only true review that I have seen from this lens is image quality tests from http://www.the-digital-picture.com/ and Ken Rockwell review. My findings go in line with these two tests. Too much distortion, huge vigneting and poor contrast; Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II blows this lens away wide open in terms of image sharpeness. If you are on a budget, this lens might be a solution, otherwise avoid it.
m-ex

Registered: October 2013
Posts: 3
Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC review by m-ex
Review Date: 10/14/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $320.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, f/2.8 really sharp
Cons: manual focus, manual aperture control, strange distorsion

Surprisingly sharp even at f/2.8


Love this lens on FF, super wide, best money/performance.


 






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