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Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip

You Pay: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens
  • Compatible With Full Frame Cameras
  • Compatible With APS-C Cameras
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Chip Allows Focus Confirm, Auto Modes

The 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip from Samyang gives you approximately a 115° view with dramatic results when used with a full frame digital camera or 35mm film camera. It includes a special chip that allows the lens to work with the camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering and auto white balance functions. With hybrid aspherical lenses, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of distortion and chromatic aberrations. This manual focus 14mm lens focuses as close as 0.9' (28 cm) from the lens, and has a built-in petal-type lens hood.

Special chip allows the use of camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering, auto white balance
Ultra wide-angle 14mm lens with an approximately 90° angle of view using an APS-C camera, for dramatic effects
Lens is constructed with two ED lens elements, one hybrid aspherical lens element and one glass aspherical lens element, for outstanding, sharply defined images
Minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations
Super multi-layer coating to reduce flares and ghost images
Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.9' (28 cm) for enhanced close-up shots
Conforms to APS-C (1:1.5x) size digital imaging format
Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood
Performance
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 115.7°
APS-C Picture Angle: 93.9°
Minimum Focus Distance .9' (27.43 cm)
Elements/Groups 14/10
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.43 x 3.69" (87 x 93.6 mm)
Weight 1.17 lb (530 g)
Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Rokinon Warranty
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    Samyang14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip
     
    4.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)
    • Rugged (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Night photography (4)
      • Low light (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very Good - For the Price

      For the most part, when it comes to camera lenses, the old adage "You get what you pay for" is very true. And this largely holds for the Samyang...Read complete review

      For the most part, when it comes to camera lenses, the old adage "You get what you pay for" is very true. And this largely holds for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - but it isn't true when it comes to image quality. Let me explain:

      The lens is of decent construction. It is mainly plastic with some metal for the mount and on the interior. The manual focus ring - and this is an all-manual focusing lens - is decent but certainly lacks the precision feel of a Zeiss ZF. In all the lens doesn't scream "budget" but it isn't going to make you ooh and ahh like a high end lens will.

      The aperture ring is fine and the chip works - set the ring to max aperture and you can control the aperture from the camera in aperture priority mode.

      Now, image quality. First, the negatives: this lens has pretty hefty barrel distortion, easily noticable if you have straight lines in the shot. It can be corrected in post - I found a profile for Lightroom/PS with Adobe Camera downloader for this lens with the D700 that seems to work well with the D800E - but at the cost of some resolution and increased smearing on the edges.

      Also, this lens is not bitingly sharp at f/2.8, not compared with the Nikon 14-24mm, a lens I once owned and loved. That said, stopped down a little - to f/4 or better yet f/5.6 or f/8 - and this lens gets razor sharp, equal to or even (dare I say it) slightly sharper than the Nikon 14-24mm. It really makes use of the D800E's sensor, and probably is out-resolving the sensor at those apertures. For the price, even considering the distortion, it's great performance. Since the majority of your work with an ultra wide will probably be at f/5.6 or f/8, that is pretty great.

      The UMC coating seems to do pretty well at reducing flaring, for a 14mm ultrawide. I haven't experienced any unexpected issues - that is, no more than the 14-24mm had.

      It isn't as versatile as the Nikon 14-24mm, nor is it as sharp at f/2.8. It doesn't have the Zeiss build quality or micro contrast/color "pop" of the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2. It's all-manual for focusing. It has hefty barrel distortion, especially compared to the remarkably well-corrected Nikon 14-24mm. But if you don't shoot ultrawides all the time, or just want to dabble, or are simply on a limited budget, this lens is hard to beat for the price.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bokeh

      Made some test shots at the moment.
      It is OK for day use may be not for expo and major presentation.
      Also the bokeh is bad probably because of the munimum blades.

      Made some test shots at the moment.
      It is OK for day use may be not for expo and major presentation.
      Also the bokeh is bad probably because of the munimum blades.

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      5.0

      Excellent value for money

      By Javier the Spaniard

      from Miami, Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

      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.

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      4.0

      Very good lens for themoney

      By Bob in Western MA

      from Western MA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Very Wide Depth Of Field

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

        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. Even at its largest aperture of f/2.8, setting the focal point at the hyperfocal distance puts everything from 4.5 ft to infinity in focus, and at f/16, everything from 1 ft to infinity is in focus.

        Being basically a fish eye lens, there noticeable distortion when photographing subjects with straight lines, such as architecture, that can't entirely compensated for in post processing. Nevertheless, this is quite a good lens for non-architectural subjects.

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        5.0

        I'd recommend this to a friend.

        By John the Old Dog

        from North Carolina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent in low light
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Night Sky Photography
        • Strong Construction
        • Value

        Cons

        • Distortion
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

        This Samyang 14mm f/2.8 is a great lens and I'd buy it again.

        But first the negative. If you take pictures of subjects with straight lines you will notice the distortion, so be sure to correct for it in Lightroom or whatever program you use. I had to download a custom lens profile but it fixes the distortion quite well with just a click.

        Now the positive. Optical clarity is fantastic, I had done some night sky photography with my D5100 and the kit lens at 18 mm, then used the Samyang and the difference was incredible. Wider obviously, but so much cleared and so many more stars.

        I'd definitely recommend this to a friend, and it's a great value for such high-end optics. I almost gave it 4-stars because of the distortion, but the price and optical quality easily balance that out, and I don't believe you'll find a superior lens at twice the price. If you want this optical quality without the (correctable) distortion, be prepared to spend a lot more.

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        4.0

        impressive

        By SpookyC

        from West Chester, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

          Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

          *at this price. I shoot architecture with a tripod at f10-f14. The good- I wish all new lenses were built like this. Coloring and sharpness is lovely. The bad- Distortion creeps in on occasion and is hard to fix quickly. This is not my main lens for architecture but I am a fan.

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          3.0

          Bokeh

          By Alain le gorille

          from Varennes, Qc

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Not expensive

          Cons

          • Bokeh
          • Difficult Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

          Made some test shots at the moment.
          It is OK for day use may be not for expo and major presentation.
          Also the bokeh is bad probably because of the munimum blades.

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          4.0

          Great lens for the Price

          By bmw

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Decent Quality
          • Great price

          Cons

          • Some Field Curvature
          • Strong Distortion

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

          Sharp even at F2.8 as long as I focus carefully when using it with my D800. But it is difficult to simultaneous get the edges of the field and center to both be in precise focus due to some field curvature, at least in the lens I have. (Probably a non-problem with a 1/2 frame sensor.)

          My copy needs to be set just beyond 3 meters for the edges to be in sharp focus at infinity, and just less than 2 meters for the center of the frame. (Note that as others have stated, the focusing scale is not accurate.) For critical work, two images can be stacked. Setting the focus between 2 and 3 meters is a good compromise especially if the lens is stopped down to or past F8. For faster shooting, I just use the focus scale, compensating for the fact that infinity is really between 2 and 3 meters.

          Wide open there is a great deal of vignetting, a common problem with wide angle lenses. Stopping down reduces this to an acceptable level.

          I have seen complaints that the auto focus indicator is not very useful, but the focus indicator can work if you figure out how to use it. Focusing from each direction and then setting the focus halfway between the two extremes works pretty well. By the way, I am using a focus fine tune setting of -10 on my D800 for this lens.

          Overall the lens is well made and very good for the price. The images may not have quite the snap of some of the better Nikkor lenses with nano-coatings, but still the images are very good. This lens may not be as well made as similar Zeiss lenses, but considering the difference in price this lens is a bargain.

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          5.0

          Great Lens and Affordable!!

          By erickg

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

              Very sharp and great contrast! Save a bucket full of money buying this lens over Nikon.

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              4.0

              Surprenant

              By Couleur

              from Québec,Cnanda

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                Pour le prix cet objectif est surprenant utilisé avec nikon d-800

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                4.0

                Excellent images, breathless coverage!

                By plushylove

                from Westfield

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                I have both a Nikon APS-C and a full frame. It's wide on the APS-C, but the moment you put it on a full frame, it's as if another room opened up. I've always wanted a Minolta Rokkor 17mm Rectilinear ever since I was a teen, so this is a perfect catch for that one that got away. The focus chip is a must. Although not very effective, given the wide angle, on an APS-C, it is more accurate and sensitive with a full frame and higher grade electronics. Ken Rockwell has said this is not a very sharp lens. Obviously it can stand up to something 3-4 times the price, but it comes pretty darn close, once you stop down. I stuck with Samyang, although I could have gone with Bower, Pro-Optic, or Rokinon. For 20 dollars or so more, you are getting it straight from the manufacturer. I wouldn't risk it just to save a few bucks.

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                4.0

                Very Good - For the Price

                By Nikon Joe

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Inexpensive
                • Lightweight
                • Sharp

                Cons

                • High Barrel Distortion
                • Less Sharp Wide Open

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                For the most part, when it comes to camera lenses, the old adage "You get what you pay for" is very true. And this largely holds for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - but it isn't true when it comes to image quality. Let me explain:

                The lens is of decent construction. It is mainly plastic with some metal for the mount and on the interior. The manual focus ring - and this is an all-manual focusing lens - is decent but certainly lacks the precision feel of a Zeiss ZF. In all the lens doesn't scream "budget" but it isn't going to make you ooh and ahh like a high end lens will.

                The aperture ring is fine and the chip works - set the ring to max aperture and you can control the aperture from the camera in aperture priority mode.

                Now, image quality. First, the negatives: this lens has pretty hefty barrel distortion, easily noticable if you have straight lines in the shot. It can be corrected in post - I found a profile for Lightroom/PS with Adobe Camera downloader for this lens with the D700 that seems to work well with the D800E - but at the cost of some resolution and increased smearing on the edges.

                Also, this lens is not bitingly sharp at f/2.8, not compared with the Nikon 14-24mm, a lens I once owned and loved. That said, stopped down a little - to f/4 or better yet f/5.6 or f/8 - and this lens gets razor sharp, equal to or even (dare I say it) slightly sharper than the Nikon 14-24mm. It really makes use of the D800E's sensor, and probably is out-resolving the sensor at those apertures. For the price, even considering the distortion, it's great performance. Since the majority of your work with an ultra wide will probably be at f/5.6 or f/8, that is pretty great.

                The UMC coating seems to do pretty well at reducing flaring, for a 14mm ultrawide. I haven't experienced any unexpected issues - that is, no more than the 14-24mm had.

                It isn't as versatile as the Nikon 14-24mm, nor is it as sharp at f/2.8. It doesn't have the Zeiss build quality or micro contrast/color "pop" of the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2. It's all-manual for focusing. It has hefty barrel distortion, especially compared to the remarkably well-corrected Nikon 14-24mm. But if you don't shoot ultrawides all the time, or just want to dabble, or are simply on a limited budget, this lens is hard to beat for the price.

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                4.0

                For the most part, well pleased.

                By Merwin

                from Maryville, TN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Sharp
                • Value
                • Well Made

                Cons

                • Difficult to focus
                • Distortion

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon With Focus Confirm Chip:

                My first impressions of the lens were consistent with what I'd read before ordering it. It's nicely sharp, seems well made of good materials, and focuses smoothly. As I'd read, it does have substantial distortion, and I hope that Adobe will soon add a lens profile to ACR/LR for it. The one thing that surprised me was that I found it much more difficult to focus than I'd anticipated. I thought that I could simply turn the focusing ring while watching for the little focus indicator dot and it would be in focus. I suppose that because it's such an ultrawide with supposedly bountiful depth of field, the focus confirmation has more of a challenge. The confirmation dot comes on, but stays on for probably 1/8 of a turn of the focusing ring. Within that range, there is greater and lesser sharpness of focus. I've put off using Live View regularly, but I can see that I'll definitely be buying a Hoodman Loupe and shooting this lens with LV. It's still good value for the money, though. If I had plenty of cash, I would have bought Nikon's 14~24. For 1/4th the cost, though, the Samyang seems good value for the buck.

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