Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM
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Todd Klassy, Fredmiranda
5 October 2010
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)
Conclusion: A super super sharp prime. A real niche though because of the ultra (ULTRA!) wide qualities. An unreal interior lens, especially if you love wide interior shots. Renders colours beautifully, especially blues and reds and oranges.Has none of the distortion, well minimal distortion, unlike the 16-35L Mk i in the corners. Price is ridiculous for it though.Money better probably spent on a 16-35L Mk ii unless you are a UWA freak like me.
Pros: Ultra sharp through all apertures. Minimal distortion on the corners unlike the 16-35L Mk i.Amazing rendition of colours, especially blues.
Cons: Very expensive. A real niche lens, always seems to be on the camera when you need reach :)
Conclusion: Linear Ultra Wide Angle Zoom, the 14L is the easiest way to go on FF and to play with the image. This lens is fun, really fun to use and some shots can be quite good but beware of the CA, of the corners if you plan to use them and *beware* of the flare and ghosting. Each and every light creates reflexions of different colors and because of the front protruding element, it's impossible to get rid of them.
Pros: Really wide, very small and light, acceptable distorsion, fast focusing, f2,8
Cons: Way too expensive, really soft corners even stopped, CA, and a huge amount of flare and ghosting.
Conclusion: I also own the 300 F4 L non-IS, the 100 2.8 macro USM, the 50 1.8 mk2, a very good copy of the 17-85 IS, and the zenitar 16 mm fisheye. The 14mm is the sharpest of all, even wide open. It is sharper than the medium format carl zeiss biometar 80mm 2.8 MC (with adapter of course) stopped down On my 20D is a 22mm, wonderful for panoramas, indoor, low-light handheld shooting. I've tried it on a film EOS and the 114° FOV is amazing..