Reviews and Problems with Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
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A night sky photographers' dream lens. Affordable, sharp ...
Loyd L., Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: A night sky photographers' dream lens. Affordable, sharp (even in the corners wide open), no coma, and f2.8. It adds up to a must have in the bag if you're shooting the milky way, static stars, or long exposure Polaris swirls with a full frame. The one tip I can give relates to the completely incorrect focal distance graph. Disregard it, and do a few test shots to nail down infinity (my lens is in focus skyward between 2m and 3m on the graph.
Excerpt: I bought this lens for astrophotography but have found it excellent for landscapes too. While there is some lens distortion, I have found that the clarity is at least as good as my Sigma 10-20mm zoom and much faster. You need to pay close attention to your histogram when using this lens; it tends to confuse the in-camera metering in my 50D. While I do wish that this lens was autofocus, you really can't beat the lens being in this price range.
Excerpt: This is a rare combination of quality imaging, value and speed. Nothing else comes close. Is the lens perfect?. No lens is perfect but this lens is better than lenses costing far more. In addition, I was able to find and download a free Adobe Lens Profile file for this lens that corrected distortion in Photo Shop and Lightroom. If you like super-wide images, you will like this lens.
Pros: Easily Corrected, Good Construction, Good Contrast, Low Light Capability, Sharp, Superior Performance
Summary: After moving from a crop sensor to a full frame, I was sad that my Rokinon 8mm would no not work with the new camera. After looking quite a bit I found the 14mm Rokinon, then found this was the same lens as the Samyang and saved about $70 on it. Great lens for the money, very happy with it. Images are sharp and clear, manual lens but I use it mostly in infinity mode.
Excerpt: I use this lens on a full frame DSLR for landscape and astro-photography. The lens really does have edge to edge sharpness; some chromatic aberration but is taken care of with software and a lens profile downloaded from Adobe. Sure, auto focus would be ideal for landscapes but considering the option of purchasing Canon's L series auto focus lens at this focal length--for literally six times the price--the SamYang is an absolute bargain.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Great price, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use it for landscape photography and it's giving me excellent results so far. Very nice angle (a bit of moustache effect but nothing you cannot fix with Light Room). I like the manual focus feel as it reminds me the old days. Feels robust and looks great on my Nikon D800. The Focus confirm is a great feature to ensure sharpness. This lens represents excellent value for money for a super-wide lens. Highly recommended.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a very good lens for the money - it gives clear, sharp images. I've read other reviews that said that focusing is a problem - yes, my camera's focus indicator did not consistently indicate when it was in focus. However, that's almost irrelevant since at 14 mm the depth of field is extremely wide: at f/5.6, the aperture at which it sharpest, setting the focus to the hyperfocal distance of 4.6 ft puts everything from 2.3 ft to infinity in focus.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Very Wide Depth Of Field