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CanonEF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 137 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (119)
  • Consistent output (86)
  • Strong construction (82)
  • Durable (63)
  • Easily interchangeable (52)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Difficult to clean (9)
  • Scratches easily (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • Exposed front element (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (82)
  • Low light (43)
  • Night photography (38)
  • Weddings (29)
  • Video (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (33), Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (27), Enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Exciting Lens

Landscape photography is my love. The 14mm f/2.8L lens is a very well constructed, wonderful piece of equipment that will both challenge you compositionally and thrill you with surpises of what it is...Read complete review

Landscape photography is my love. The 14mm f/2.8L lens is a very well constructed, wonderful piece of equipment that will both challenge you compositionally and thrill you with surpises of what it is capable of. I had recently acquired a 5d-Mark III and was in need of a wide-angle lens. I had used a 17-55mm zoom lens on a Rebel 1.6 crop sensor camera, and found that a majority of my landscape pictures were taken at the widest point on the lens, i.e. 17mm. In these situations I was often wishing for "more". I decided, on this new FF camera, I wanted to use the best glass so as not to limit the end result in any way. I researched, read countless reviews, and wrestled with the different choices that I had: 17mm or 24mm tilt-shift lens, 24mm L lens, 16-35mm L zoom lens, etc. I found in all of my research that there were no negative reactions to this lens. Everyone praised it for its clarity and the creativity that it inspired. That was my tipping point....and I have never looked back. I will need to acquire a few more wide primes, but I am very satisfied, and challenged with this awesome Canon lens.It is well worth the money invested!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Go with 16-35mm

For years I have longed for this lens to shoot city and landscapes. I had the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II but the reviews convinced me that I was missing something not having the...Read complete review

For years I have longed for this lens to shoot city and landscapes. I had the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II but the reviews convinced me that I was missing something not having the 14mm. I finally pulled the trigger. I can happily report that It did meet my expectations as another fine piece of glass from Canon. However, in doing comparison shots with my Canon 16-35mm F2.8 II, I determined that other than a slightly wider frame, the latter at 16mm was equivalent in quality and image to the 14mm. The greater width was insufficient to justify it. So I returned the 14mm. If you don't have a super wide lens, my recommendation is to go with the zoom. It is equivalent almost in every dimension, it is a zoom, and best of all it is about $500 cheaper.

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5.0

a whole new way of looking at things

By Robert

from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Archetecture
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Real Estate
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

    Just got this lens. I will use it of all kinds of work, but it will be a great asset in my commercial work especially real estate photography. Just completed a shoot of 5 condo units on the beaches of South Walton County FL. Absolutely awesome lens. I was able to get "panoramic" views of small spaces, creating photographs with great appeal. Potential purchasors will feel they have been in the unit. No distortion at all if you get the shot set up correctly. I was even able work in hand held mode for most of my shots. Looking at the work in Capture One V7 and the image clarity, color, and POP is all I could want!

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    5.0

    Espetacular!!

    By Celso

    from Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

      Excelente lente! Para landscapes e para arquitetura não tem melhor!Recomendo fortemente e se estiver em NY, essa é a lente!

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      5.0

      Amazing is the only way to de3scribe it.

      By Doc

      from Townsend, Montana

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Front Glass Easy Scratch

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

      After a lifetime of photography, I am seldom surprised with exceptional quality equipment, but this amazes me. It is just plain better than good. With my full size sensors the wide , sharp view is very impressive and avoids the fish eye effect that I wish to avoid.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By P Studio

      from Marlboro, NJ

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

        Very good lens

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        5.0

        A+++++++++++

        By JR

        from Tennessee

        Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

        This is an amazing lens for landscapes and for construction projects. Very sharp and clear.

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        5.0

        Great wide view!

        By casie24msu

        from SC

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

          This is great for trying to take pictures of rooms in a house and for landscape.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Frank the Photographer

          from Breckenridge Colorado

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

            This lens is a must for the action sports photographer. This is my go to lens when I need to show the whole seen.

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            4.0

            An Amazing Wide Angle Lens

            By J.England

            from Great Falls, MT

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

              For an ultra wide, this lens is seriously sharp. Obviously sharper then my 16-35mm f/2.8L II. It is a wide angle so there is always going to be distortion but this lens handles it very well. Be very careful with the front element, because of how far the front element bows out (There is no way, that I have found, to protect it while shooting). None the less with the exception of the price, I could not be happier with this lens.

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              5.0

              Super Wide Angle EF 14mm f/2.8 II USM

              By sysmanint

              from Colorado Springs, CO

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                    I will use the lens for super wide landscape photos here in Colorado. We have super wide views here!

                    It is a spectacular appearing lens and I will feel proud to use it; both the glass and Red Line!

                    I am most concerned about the huge convex lens and keeping it scratch free.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By Nero

                    from Texas

                    Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                    Love it. Extremely wide, without the fisheye look. Feels solid. We'll built.

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                    5.0

                    Very nice.

                    By Sunny62

                    from MN

                    Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                    This is a great lens. All I expected.

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                    5.0

                    works great!

                    By nanonoko

                    from Mountain View, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

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                          Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                          works as its suppose to! the lens cap is nice that comes with it too and the super wide works well with the merlin 2

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                          5.0

                          Outstanding Lens

                          By Jim

                          from Midland, texas

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                            Landscape

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                            5.0

                            Super wide beauty

                            By Tracelightly

                            from Fort Worth, Texas

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                              I use this for dancing and other wides at weddings. It is great as it has minimal lens distortion compared to other wides (like the fisheye). Focus sharp, fast and it is light weight for an L lens. Love it!

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                              4.0

                              Good for interior real estate photos

                              By jamelt1861

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                I use this lens for real estate photography and when the images are saved as web size it is very satisfactory. At full resolution and one-to-one image viewing the corners are very soft up to f8. Outside it has the most chromatic aberration of any of the Canon L lens I've used. This can be corrected in Adobe Lightroom but is annoying. The lens correction works well in Lightroom. If you shoot f8 or better this is a good lens.

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                                5.0

                                NO MORE KEYSTONING

                                By Sherry from Texas

                                from TEXAS

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  I shoot a lot of scenics in HDR, and used the 16-35 f2.8 lens for many shots, but it had significant keystoning in many of the elements.
                                  The most notable thing about the 14mm is that all structures are straightened, without bending them in Photoshop!
                                  It also has such a wide angle of view, very dramatic images can be achieved.
                                  My dream has come true to own this fine lens!

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                                  5.0

                                  Super sharp, super wide

                                  By San Jose and Davis Birder

                                  from Los Gatos, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Sharp
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  For landscapes the perspective given by this lens on a full frame or 1.3X crop (EOS 1d Mark iv) are super for making landscape views pop out. The contrast is good even without any added filter (there is no filter thread). It is big and heavy to lug around, but the shallow depth of field at f2.8 is great for isolating subjects, and the effect is pleasing. The flare on this lens is well controlled and not a problem. I've tried various alternatives but this is the best I've seen yet--if I had an ASP-C (1.6x) crop however I'd have a hard time justifying the high cost, a Canon EF-S 10-22 is worth a close look.

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                                  5.0

                                  Holy fast lens in its kind

                                  By Chia

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Lens Creep

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  Bokeh looks perfect doesn't require effort in cranking up the iso, shutter value stays within 1/30 even in a low light vision with no flash. the king of its range series.

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                                  5.0

                                  Canon 14mm 2.8L

                                  By nikey

                                  from MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                    Great for landscape. Very wide on full frame!

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                                    4.0

                                    Excellent, if you get a good one.

                                    By jmvdigital

                                    from Fort Collins, CO

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Exposed Front Element

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Unique Ultra-wide Shots

                                    Comments about Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                    I'm really loving this lens, but it took me three copies to find one I was happy with. The first was a bit soft at center wide open (but sharpened nicely stopped down), but the corners were pretty good. The second was very sharp in the center/right side of the frame, but the left side and corners all around were noticeably smeared. The third version proved to be a mix of both... very sharp center wide open and decent corner performance.

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