Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM
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Amazing Colors and Contrast, Soft Corners Wide Open
Matt S, Amazon
31 January 2013
Summary: I purchased this lens on a whim-- I saw a great deal I just couldn't pass up, and you know what? I'm happy with it. I shoot mainly landscapes with my 5DIII and I wanted a lens with a wide view that lacked the fisheye distortion-- and this lens does just that. Anyways, I'll just cut to the chase: 1) Amazing colors and contrast. Straight out of the camera I was blown away with how vibrant it looked. 2) Crazy wide field of view.
Summary: I use this lens for underwater photography, and have nothing but good things to say about its performance. Being close to an object is the most critical component of underwater photography, and the details of large animals that this lens is able to capture is truly amazing. If your in the market for a lens like this you probably already have a very good idea what your looking for, and this lens will not let you down.
Conclusion: The first generation of the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM is a fun lens. Some would call it a boutique lens (or niche lens), but it is a nice lens to have for large, sweeping landscape photographs and unique angles of view. Having this lens in my camera bag allows me to take photographs that few other photographers have, making my photographs more unique, and as a result, more marketable. Image quality is very good, but not super exceptional..
Pros: Wonderful wide lens, unique angles, good color rendition, fun lens.
Cons: Softer in the corners, some chromatic aberration, non-detachable hood.
Conclusion: Sharp, fast, excellent build quality. Noticeable edge distortion (what would you expect from this focal length?) To see some samples on 5D please go to http://edzeltserphoto.com , Clients, Lenses, Canon 14mm
Conclusion: Honestly $2000 is hard to justify on this lens. Don't get me wrong, it a very nice lens and IQ is definitely very good among its class. Here are some sample shots taken with a 5D (take note to some comparison shots between the MkII version and this lens, interesting finds with flare and soft edges): Sample Photos -Roy
Pros: Great rectilinear wide angle and fun to use.
Cons: Bulbous front element, prone to flare, rear element very exposed and high cost.
Conclusion: I was skeptical before I purchased this lens. In addition to the extreme cost, almost all reviews on just about every forum/article indicated that this lens was lacking optically. I decided to go ahead and buy this lens anyway as my other options were the Sigma 14mm f2.8 or the Tamron 14mm f2.8 or the Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6. I have owned the Sigma 14mm f2.8 as well as the Sigma 12-24mm.
Pros: Excellent build quality, optically very good, quick AF (although not necessary), rectilinear lens works very well on full frame or crop body. Widest rectilinear prime lens available for a full frame Canon EF Mount
Cons: Can get a bit pricey, front element is exposed as are most such lenses. No ability to use filters (again, common to such lenses)