20 May Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Review
What can I say about this less? I guess that’s what you’re here to read…
I’ve owned this lens for about 3 months now and I bought it to work with my Canon 6D as an ultra wide landscape and astrophotography lens.
If I could summarise what I think of this lens in one word it would be “FANTASTIC”. The value you get with the price tag of only around $400 is exceptional. The build quality is a solid metal construction with a permanent lens hood attached to avoid scratching the front element. The quality of the glass is very good and produces nice sharp images that print well.
The fast f/2.8 aperture makes this lens awesome for astro photographers too. If you partner this with a good low light camera, you’ll be able to capture some exceptional Milky Way shots without having to push your ISO to 4000 or more and get a better looking image in camera.
There are however a couple of downsides I’ve found while using it. Because the front element is so large, normal filters and filter holders won’t work with it. A solution to this however is that Samyang partnered with Cokin and they specially designed a filter system for this lens. If you want to spend an extra $100 – $150 on the filter system, go for it, or you could shoot bracketed and merge to an HDR in Lightroom.
If you’re reading this post because you’re thinking about buying one of these lenses, you’re probable aware by now it’s an all manual lens. This means there are no electronic parts built in for setting the aperture or focus. When you first use all manual, it’s a little strange getting used to it because on most cameras it will make live-view look off and the resulting photo properly exposed. Also choosing your f stop on the lens was a new experience for me but I got used to it pretty quickly. As for manual focussing, I switched to manual focus for most of my landscapes anyway because the autofocus was usually a tiny bit out to begin with.
Something else I love about this ultra wide-angle lens is the huge perspective you get and a close minimum focussing distance of just 0.28m which allows you to really get your foreground interest close and still see the entire scene around it.
In my view, this lens is exceptional value for the money. If you’re interested in purchasing one to expand your lens collection or want to change up your style of photography, I think you’ll be happy with this lens, I know I am. A little note that if you’re trying to compare this to the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 or haven’t heard of that lens before, don’t worry because they’re exactly the same lens from the same factory, they just have a different brand name on them for different international markets.
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