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Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras

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  • For Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
  • Manual Focus - Fixed f/2.8 Aperture
  • Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors
  • 89° Angle of View (APS-C)
  • 114° Angle of View (Full Frame)
  • 14 Elements/12 Groups Construction
  • Two Aspherical & Two ED Lens Elements
  • Close Focusing Down to 11" (0.28 m)
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The Bower 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens is compatible with Canon EOS DSLRs with an APS-C sensor; it features two high-precision aspherical elements and two ED-glass elements. This results in better contrast and sharpness at the outer edges, and a reduction in chromatic aberrations that can sometimes be seen with high-resolution digital SLRs.

This bright lens provides an ultra wide 89° angle view in digital SLR cameras with APS-C size sensors and a 114° angle of view when used with full frame DSLRs* so you can capture sweeping vistas, dramatic architectural compositions and panoramas. Additionally, its minimum focusing distance of only 11" (0.28 m) will allow you to move in close on your subjects to achieve amazing perspectives. With a fast f/2.8 aperture photographers can create dynamic photographs that take full advantage of the characteristics of the lens.

* Note: Though this lens will cover the imaging sensor of a full-frame DSLR, it is better optimized for use with DSLRs containing smaller APS-C format sensors. As such you might notice softer focus and some light fall-off towards the edges of the frame when using a full-frame DSLR. If you do plan on using this lens with a full-frame DSLR we recommend you set the lens no wider (faster) than f/8 for optimum image quality.

Performance
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 114°
APS-C Picture Angle: 92.5°
Minimum Focus Distance 11" (27.94 cm)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 14/12
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
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    Bower14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
     
    4.4

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (35)
    • Consistent output (25)
    • Durable (25)
    • Easily interchangeable (21)
    • Rugged (13)

    Cons

    • Heavy (11)
    • Slow focus (5)
    • Tough to attach (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (44)
    • Night photography (25)
    • Video (22)
    • Low light (20)
    • Sports/action (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (22), Photo enthusiast (20), Pro photographer (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (56), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    SHATTERED MY EXPECTATIONS

    I can barely believe I am typing this, but this lens is one of the sharpest, highest-resolution lenses I have ever used. This goes for center, extreme edges, and corner to corner. ...Read complete review

    I can barely believe I am typing this, but this lens is one of the sharpest, highest-resolution lenses I have ever used. This goes for center, extreme edges, and corner to corner. To put things in perspective, I use it on a Canon 5D Mark II, and I own the 24-70 f/2.8L and 300 f/4L. They are different lenses to be sure, but I find myself zooming in to 100% and marveling at the detail this lens captures. It is actually astonishing. Chromatic abberation appears well-controlled, as is flare. The largest down side to this lens is the complex mustache/barrel distortion. This appears to be the most common complaint, but I find it to be rarely distracting, and easily correctable in post-process. I was actually considering buying the 14L, Zeiss 18 or 21mm, 17-40L, or even the 17 TS-e. The TS-e is a specialty lens. But I can honestly say I would buy 3 or 4 of these before buying either of the other four. At this focal length, the manual focus and aperture ring do not bother me at all.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Be careful !

    Be careful and check it out well when you first get it !!
    Well I read reviews, looked at pictures, did some more reading and went ahead and bought the lens...Read complete review

    Be careful and check it out well when you first get it !!
    Well I read reviews, looked at pictures, did some more reading and went ahead and bought the lens thinking it wouldn't be used a lot but would be fun when I did.
    Then lens arrived and I shot a lot of frames at all f/stops. ALL shots were soft in the corners and the left edge and lower corner was MUSH 1/3 into the frame. Bad.
    I had to send it back and now I don't think I really want to try another one. Nice price but not if you can't use it !

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    5.0

    NICE LENS!

    By Adriano

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video

      Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

      Great lens for Architecture, Landscape and Night photography!! Also great for Video! Very sharp and great long focus. Overall great lens for a great price!

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      5.0

      Great lens for the price!

      By Mikey

      from Westfield, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

        Very happy with purchase. Lens solidly built, used to shooting film so manual all the way is not a problem. Highly recommended!

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        4.0

        Decent Lens

        By 3dmund

        from PLymouth, Ma

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Cons

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              Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

              Pros

              Pretty Sharp
              Inexpensive
              Ultra Wide - Minimal distortion

              Cons

              Heavy
              No filter threads
              Not too sharp at 2.8

              All around decent lens. This is very sharp at 5.6 and I'm very happy I got it. Just wish it had threads for a filter.

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              5.0

              Lived up to its expectations!

              By Iz

              from Montreal, Qc

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video

                Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                Awesome lens for the price. Pictures are sharp! Im very happy with this purchase.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great budget lens

                By Jeffrey Cook Videography

                from Fresno, Ca

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                  I have used this lens on a few shoots and I am pretty impressed with its quality. It is very sharp and allows for a great depth of field when you need it. You can not get too close to your subject but that is ok. I use this on my slider and my glidecam. Works great.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent IQ and Value

                  By Howard

                  from Houston TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                    The lens has a red ring instead of gold color shown on B&H site, it looks exactly like Rokinon. Guess it is a new version. My first copy was little soft on one edge. B&H did excellent job on exchanging. Second copy is super sharp edge to edge on full frame 5D mark iii. Chromatic is almost invisible. Distortion and vignetting can be easily corrected post. Manual focus is not problem. The distance is correctly marked on my copy. I normal set distance at infinity and shot Tv with auto ISO. It has excellent IQ with fantastic deal. I would highly recommend it.

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                    5.0

                    Great lens... Great price!!!!

                    By Greg H.

                    from Claifornia

                    Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                    I am a first time night sky photographer. Easy to use... This lens is AMAZING!!! Clear pictures, wide angle of view, just simply a great lens for the money. Couldn't be happier!!!

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                    5.0

                    impressive for its price

                    By Emi

                    from BSAS

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                    WARNING: ALL MANUAL (Aperture and focus). Solid construction. f2.8 is great for astrophotography (almost no coma, better than the canon). Not suitable for real estate or architecture because of its complex moustache distortion.For landscape or astrophotography my advice is: get it!

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                    5.0

                    Pretty amazing for price

                    By Anafeel

                    from Chicago

                    Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                    I am very happy with the lens so far. Manual focus is taking some getting used to but other than that I have no complaints and I would highly recommend it.

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                    5.0

                    I love it!

                    By KD

                    from Teaneck, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                    I have it for a few weeks, and what I've shot so far is mostly for testing the possibilities. There are several very good reviews, so I was prepared what to expect. And I do believe it's worth it (cosidering the price). I attached a sample, after Photoshop retouch though.

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                    4.0

                    Astrophotography

                    By Chuck D

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Astrophotography

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                      This is a great lens for astrophotography. It's fast, wide and the corners don't smear the stars. Just be prepared to spend a little time figuring out the true infinity focus point and handle it gently. For the price it's fantastic, but don't expect it to take much abuse.

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                      5.0

                      Nice Astrophoto's

                      By Astron58

                      from Ohio

                      Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                      If you know what your doing ,you can get some EXCELLANT wide sky Astropho's Fun lens to use and let's you brush up on manual photo skills.For the price this lens is well worth it. Try it out,you will not be let down.

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                      4.0

                      Great quality

                      By saralauren

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                      This lens is great wide-angle option for Canon cameras. I bought it because my camera has a 12 megapixel sensor, and the description says it works great with smaller sensors. The 14mm is amazing too when you're in a small space but want to fit a lot in the frame. My only struggle is the manual focus which slows me down quite a lot, but the more I use it the faster I get. It's best to use live preview for focusing. For some reason, the f-stop information doesn't appear on the camera or in the file metadata. If you need to remember the f-stop you'd have to write it down.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Results and Low Cost

                      By Editmvp

                      from Billings, MT

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Architecture
                        • Indoorsarchitecture
                        • Interiors
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

                        Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                        This is a very easy to use fully manual lens. The extra wide angle is great for interiors as well as landscapes. The build feels very solid and the integrated lens caps works well. For less than one-forth the cost of a EF lens, this is a great choice. I use it with a Canon C100 and have been very pleased with the results.

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                        4.0

                        ...A Big Hunka-Chunka!

                        By Memory-Lapse

                        from Valencia, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Crisp View
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Little distortion
                        • Little Dropoff In Corners
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Infinity Focus Off Mark

                        Best Uses

                        • Astrophotography
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Tight Areas
                        • Time-lapse
                        • Video

                        Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                        ...I shoot mostly time-lapse, particularly night sky astrophotography. I already have a Rokinon 8mm 3.5 Fisheye lens, which is great, but takes in a little TOO much of the sky and everything else around it, and being a fisheye, it causes serious circular distortion...I am OK with this, as a fisheye is what it is, but I wanted something with less distortion yet wide enough to get big sweeping sky panoramas, so bought the Bower 14mm 2.8 lens.
                        Most folks already know that Bower, Rokinon, Samsang are All built in the same factory, even on the same line, and only the name is added at the end. This is known as target-marketing. Bower has an excellent reputation for good quality lenses at very reasonable prices, mainly because they can keep costs down by offering manual lenses which do not auto-focus or auto-aperture.
                        I am also cool with this, as I spent 7-years in Tibet in a monastery where Buddhist monks taught me the ancient secret skills of manual focus and aperture setting.
                        However, a trademark of many ultra-wide lenses is they do not focus at the infinity-mark on the lens barrel, but somewhere at a closer distance mark. They still focus fine, but it is left up to the operator to determine the exact mark on the barrel where infinity is focused. This is the Only reason I did not give this lens 5-stars!
                        It is a great lens, but focusing is difficult at night when there is little bright enough to focus on. It is best to experiment once you get these type of lenses to find your own unique infinity focus point, and mark it on the barrel.
                        Having said all that, this is a hefty lens. The front element is a BIG hunka-chunka of glass!
                        It is much larger than my fisheye, and much heavier, so a good sturdy tripod is important, but I love everything else about this lens. It is well made, has smooth action on focus, and the f-stop ring is firm and positive, so there is little chance of moving it by accident. The distortion is minimal, and since I run ALL my photos thru Photoshop or Lightroom anyway, there are presets in both programs to correct this easily...but frankly, it really is no big deal to begin with, and I am impressed with this, along with the way the lens handles on the camera in the field. This is a great lens, and at a great price that wont empty your wallet!

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                        5.0

                        Forget about Wide L Lenses

                        By Rick444

                        from Canada

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Details And More Details
                        • Durable
                        • Nice colors
                        • Price
                        • Very Very Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Canon Is In Trouble

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                        Combined with the 5D Mark II .. Just amazing!

                        I have never seen so much detail in a wide angle picture. The colours are nice as well.

                        I spent a fortune on several L lenses. I didn't like the 16-35 L at all and sold it. Where was this beatiful lens that I didn't know of it?

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                        5.0

                        Wonderful Lens!!

                        By captain747523

                        from Everywhere

                        Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                        The sharpness of this lens is wonderful! Granted it is a new adventure in focusing due to the canon version not having auto focus-the subtle differences are difficult to see through the eye piece. I highly recommend it-especially if you don't have $ + to pay for the canon L series.

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                        5.0

                        Excelente lente, mas...

                        By Paulo Barbagli

                        from Sao Paulo, SP

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable

                        Cons

                        • Cant Use Uv Protec Filter

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                        Ótima opção, mas se você estiver considerando usar para algum estilo de fotografia que exija agilidade pense duas vezes, pois a abertura e o foco são totalmente manuais! Se isso não for problema, pode por no carrinho da loja!

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                        5.0

                        Very sharp lens

                        By Nik

                        from New York City

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                          I love this lens because it's very sharp and chip

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          An Astrophotography Gem

                          By E. Wynkoop

                          from Colorado

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras:

                          After spending several months deciding on which wide angle lens I would get for doing wide field astrophotography, I settled on this one mainly for the price, as the other 2 brands of the same type are actually made by the same company in the same factory. When I first got it I was suprised really by its weight (only reason I gave it 4 stars) which plays a moderate factor for me in using with a telescope as more weight adds more gear stress. I tested it out with light polution filter clip on with a Canon 60D, and it fit very snug with no play at all. The focuser is also very stiff compared to Canon's wind moveable focusers. Which was a welcome advantage. First night out I was absolutely amazed by the photos it produced. I had a friend on the fence about a lens as well, and after my photos he borrowed my lens and bought one for himself. Only major con other than weight was difficult to focus on stars without some patience or a bright field to work with on a live view.

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