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CanonEF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 144 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (123)
  • Consistent output (90)
  • Strong construction (85)
  • Durable (66)
  • Easily interchangeable (54)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)
  • Difficult to clean (9)
  • Scratches easily (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Exposed front element (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (86)
  • Low light (46)
  • Night photography (40)
  • Weddings (31)
  • Video (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (35), Photo enthusiast (28), Enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (83), 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

Top Notch Lens

By MGNphotography

from Northern New Jersey

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Top Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    After one photoshoot I am convinced that this lens is a staple for real estate and interior design photography. The scope, colors, and clarity that this lens produces is unmatched. I was delighted that there was very little distortion on the edges. I am so happy that I took the leap to add this lens to my arsenal.

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    5.0

    The BEST

    By ashpushin

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        The best wide angle lens in the market..

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        (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Wide Prime w/Less FishEye Effect

        By Perry, Aesthetic Photographer

        from Denver, CO

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Great for Video

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

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

        Bought the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM (prime) lens and took it to France to shoot pictures every day for three months in 2011. Shot over 8,000 raw images and many videos using my 5D Mark II camera, mostly on tripod, many of them with this lens. Used the lens mostly in Paris for seven weeks doing street photography all over town, typically more than 10 hours a day and had three other lenses with me, which I have more recently upgraded. Used this 14mm lens to capture a stunning video coming down on the glass elevator from top of the Eiffel Tower at night. Seeing the lighted interior skeletal structure complexity through the lens was astonishing. Also used it to shoot video out the windows while riding Metro subway trains through tunnels and over bridges all over Paris. Some of those were fascinating.The lens is heavy but carry-weight is a price you pay for good glass. The biggest thing that worried me was potential damage to the protruding curved front element. Best to keep the lens cover on when not in use. More recently I bought some other Canon lenses including a Canon 8-15mm fisheye. I compared test shots using the 14mm prime versus shots using the 8-15mm fisheye set at 14mm. The fisheye images were more distorted, which is useful when you want that fisheye effect. But the 14mm f/2.8 prime gives a much better image with almost no fisheye effect or any significant barrel distortion considering its wideness. Great for interiors, urban environments, gardens, architecture, concerts, events, nature and human subjects, especially artistic models and creative shots.I almost but not quite agree with the commenter who said the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom is just as good for the widest shots. I recently bought that lens from B&H. It might seem that the 14mm lens is not much wider but I did some test comparisons. The 14mm is considerably wider than the 16-35mm lens, which by the way, is also a fantastic lens.If you can budget for some real lens diversity, then get this Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens even if you already own the 16-35mm zoom or the 8-15mm fisheye. The 14mm lens is choice for capturing excellent wide images and stunning videos, especially when you are inside of a surrounding scene such as a theater, a forest, a city, a room, a group of human subjects or the structure of Tour Eiffel.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing lens

        By John the math guy

        from evanston Illinois

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Extremely wide angle, for vistas and for family or group gatherings, for pictures of rooms or buildings. Virtually no distortion.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            CANON 14mm F/2.8 ll Lens

            By Stan

            from TEXAS

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Quality Number 1
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Pricey But Its Worth It

            Best Uses

            • Wide angle

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

            An amazing lens. You get what you pay for. Worth every penny!! as always buy it from B and H Photo!!

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT QUALITY - EVEN IF VERY EXPENSIVE

            By Susan

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            Cannot beat the scope of the lens - and retains quality even at the corners

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

            By evo

            from college park, maryland

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

            It's an awesome lens... enough said!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing is the only way to de3scribe it.

                By Doc

                from Townsend, Montana

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                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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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  • No

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great wide view!

                  By casie24msu

                  from SC

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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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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome

                    By Frank the Photographer

                    from Breckenridge Colorado

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                    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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                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      An Amazing Wide Angle Lens

                      By J.England

                      from Great Falls, MT

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Super Wide Angle EF 14mm f/2.8 II USM

                        By sysmanint

                        from Colorado Springs, CO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                        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

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Outstanding Lens

                        By Jim

                        from Midland, texas

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                          • No

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