Excerpt: If you're looking for a fixed wide angle view, this is a decent option with a great price tag. There is significant vignetting and substantial softening on the edges at lower F stop numbers. But keep it a little higher, fix it in post, and it does a great job.<br />It's a pretty bulky and hefty lens, so not super portable. The aperture ring and focus ring are appropriately tight and don't bump easily.
Excerpt: Indoor, night sky shooter? Then this could be the best bang for the buck wide lens available. Mine is completely sharp, and looks great! The focus ring is super smooth and pretty long, which is hard for speed, but awesome for precision.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Professional Quality
Excerpt: We bought this lens after having a blast shooting with the 85mm and 35mm. The 14 is AWESOME for wide shots on the video side. YES, it is all manual, but for video shooters it's great. We use them on the d800 and it looks great.
Excerpt: Once you get past the lack of autofocus, which at 14mm is really not a necessity due to the immense depth of field, you'll realize this lens is right up there with the best ultra wides available. Even at f2.8 pretty sharp and low coma (star photos), and at 5.6 or 8 just as good as lenses costing 6 times as much.<br /><br />The chipped version isn't really required on a higher end Nikon body, since you can tell the body about non-cpu lenses.
Excerpt: For this price, I wasn't expecting a lot, even though I'd read a lot of good reviews. For landscapes it's certainly much sharper and richer than my Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, a lens I like a lot.The mustache distortion is fairly extreme on straight lines at bottom of frame, but a Lightroom preset fixes that quite well.For the money, amazing lens.
Excerpt: This lens is great if you know what you're getting into. You might get a bad copy but that's the risk you take with any off brand lens. The great thing about this lens is that it has no coma even at 2.8 and is sharp even in the corners at 2.8. This is the lens to have for night photography.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The first lens I received was soft. I got a replacement and it was much better, very sharp in the center portion. Unfortunately, this copy was de-centered, one corner very sharp, the other complete mush. Giving it 2 stars for sharp center at least. Sent back waiting for a replacement, I really want to like this lens.
Excerpt: I have read how amazingly sharp this lens is supposed to be. I ordered one and after it arrived I ran it through the usual tests I do for all my lens purchases. Results were soft images. I thought since it was a manual focus my focus might be off so I tested this lens more than I would normally. Soft no matter what I tried. I am sending this back and have asked for a replacement.