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Rokinon14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon
 
4.2

(based on 134 reviews)

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Pros

  • Professional quality (40)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Lightweight (33)
  • Strong construction (23)
  • Consistent output (19)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Lacks functionality (10)
  • Limited compatibility (7)
  • Poor performance (7)
  • Manual focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (48)
  • Night photography (27)
  • Low light (18)
  • Video (13)
  • Independent films (12)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fully manual? So, what? Amazing image!

1. Build qualityRegarding the lens durability and physical reliability, I understand it is 4.5 stars. Build quality seems to be great. It feels very solid and reliable. I read an Internet review...Read complete review

1. Build qualityRegarding the lens durability and physical reliability, I understand it is 4.5 stars. Build quality seems to be great. It feels very solid and reliable. I read an Internet review of someone who left the lens in the snow for 5 days and when the snow melted he found the lens and it was working properly. But I would not do such a test :-)2. Image qualityI was a little worried about some reviews of people receiving bad copies, with soft sides/quadrants in the acquired images. I must say that, during my first two days testing the lenses. I got really sharp images. Sharpness was impressive from corner to corner. Very good at f/2.8, better at f/4.0, and amazing at f/5.6 and f/8.0.The mustache distortion is very clear when you shoot (mostly indoor) scenes with straight lines in the top and bottom of the image. However, I was very satisfied with the lens correction profile in the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) for Photoshop (you have to download the adobe tool to install it properly).Vignette at 2.8 is clearly strong (-3EV or more), but once again, corrected using ACR. When sooting wide open (f/2.8) I suggest to overexpose +1EV, if possible, in such a way that you can recover the overexposed areas in ACR, and the underexposed vignette area will be recovered with greater quality (lower grain).When I shot at 12:00 o'clock in a bright sunny day, the light is very hard and I could see some CA. I must say that, for the shooting conditions the CA was very little and fully corrected in ACR. When the sun is in the corner, we sometimes experience a lot of rainbow-colored flare. So, pay attention if you want to avoid flare; or if you want to intentionally capture that flare.When shooting indoors, the f/2.8 was useful to keep lower ISO, but of course f/1.4 or f/2.0 would be even more useful in such conditions. Optically, considering this is a 14mm, I would give 4.5 to 5.0 stars! Very satisfied!I added a photo shot at night to show the corner-to-corner sharpness, without any sharpening or clarity processing. You can see a minor flare in the farthest lamppost. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to shoot a starry night yet.3. ApplicabilityI bought this lens for shooting starry skies during new moon. I still did not have the chance to use it for that matter, but think it will be better than my Canon 17-40mm f/4L, since it is one stop faster, and I hope I benefit the fact that it is 3mm wider (though it seems to be more than 3mm in these first tests). Of course, I am aware that f/1.4 would be even better for night photography.For general night photography using tripod it is great.Another great use for this lens is landscape photography, no worries here.A 14mm f/2.8 claims to be used for Architecture photography. The mustache distortion will bother you in this case, if you do not remove it, once again, I was satisfied with the automatic correction using the lens profile within ACR. So, yes I think it can be nicely used for that application. Of course, the 14mm is also great for group photo. Just observe that, although this is a rectilinear lens, subjects in the corner will be distorted if they are moderately close to the lens (closer than 1.5m); and subjects in the center will be funnier distorted in closer distances (closer than 1.0m). This is the case for any wide angle lens though. Of course you can use this creatively when you wish. Just be aware of the natural expected distortion.So, 4.5 starts here.4. Features and usabilityFocus ring is smooth and comfortable. Lens hood is fixed, but this did not bother me. I saw some reviews complaining about the lens cap. But it is fine to me.Yes, it is fully manual, no autofocus, no focus confirmation either. I saw some people that installed a focus confirmation chip on the lens. I ordered it from ebay to test it. Let's see if it works. However, during my tests When I left the focus distance right in the middle of the 3m and infinity focus marks, I got sharp images with acceptable sharpness from 1m, and super sharp from 3m to infinity, especially at f/5.6 and f/8.0.The focus marks are another frequent complain about this lens. Again, in my tests, when the focus distance is placed in middle of the 3m and infinity focus marks, I got great sharpness for subjects (buildings and trees) from 3m to about 300m (the farthest subject in my photo). Anywhere closer to the infinity mark I loose sharpness (focus). I still need to check the focus marks more carefully, but I suspect they are not accurate. Anyway, we need to deal with that, but it is no big deal in my opinion.Here, I would give 3.5 to 4.0 stars.5. Cost-benefitAmazing optics for $328.00 vs. the Canon for $2,359.00. It is a real bargain! I have not tested the Canon myself. But during my research I saw the following:Why should you buy Canon 14mm:- L-quality build- lower vignette- better flare control- auto-focus- smaller minimum focus distance 20cm vs. 28cm for Rokinon.- more predictable quality control (better chance to always buy a good copy)Why should you buy Rokinon 14mm:- nice build quality- considerably sharper than Canon (corner-to-corner) in all apertures - much lower chromatic aberration- wider angle ~116o vs. 114o for Canon- it is 86% cheaper than Canon (Canon is 7x more expensive)After the first tests, although I love the L-lenses, I am not considering buying the Canon 14mm ever (at least if this Rokinon keeps delivering the quality of the first days).I have the feeling that if you manage to use it properly and does not need to change focus quickly, this is the best option. Canon would be the option if I needed to change the focus very quickly and often, therefore, needing a good auto-focus system.Cost-benefit is 4.5 to 5.0 stars.Overall score would be 4.5+, so I am giving 5 stars to be generous, since I loved the resulting images.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

shows promise but my copy fatally flawed

Nicely built. My copy had excellent sharpness in the center and right side of the frame but left side was very blurred. In addition, infinity focus was at 2M focus mark. Apparently many...Read complete review

Nicely built. My copy had excellent sharpness in the center and right side of the frame but left side was very blurred. In addition, infinity focus was at 2M focus mark. Apparently many others have experienced the infinity focus problem. Exchanged hoping to get a good copy.

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5.0

A bit soft but worth every penny

By Hai with Elise Films

from Escondido, CA

About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

    Great for wide epic shots! I use this for my wedding films. recommend not using it for movement shots because you will see warpage along the edges. Makes me a bit nauseated sometimes. tilt and pans are probably not good. slider and jib shots have yielded good results.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Lens!

    By Riversjc

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

    This lens is possibly my favorite purchase from this site! I use it from capturing night photography to establishing shots in my video series. Very sharp and built with high quality materials. Love it!

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    5.0

    So far so good

    By Timi

    from Buffalo, NY

    About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

        Great sharp resolution and angle.

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        4.0

        Great lens, but with limitations

        By Hai with Elise Films

        from San Diego

        About Me Amateur Wedding Filmmaker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Distortion

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • Landscape
        • Static Wide Shots

        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

        Pros:Good priceSolid buildrelatively fastCons:Distortion. For video, bad for panning/tilting shots because jello effect gets noticeably bad. Okay for use on slider. Soft. Shots are not sharp and crisp. Avoid shooting wide open.

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        4.0

        Good do things come in small packages

        By Maximus

        from Miami, Florida

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good value
        • Well built

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality

        Best Uses

        • Scenery
        • Tight quarters

        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

        A great wide angle lens for shooting landscapes and seascapes. If you find yourself restricted by budget concerns, or you're uncertain as to wether or not a pricy ultra wide angle lens is worth the investment, then I recommend this lens. It's reasonably sharp, and rugged built, it's not as lightweight as some of the low cost lenses available today and it is manual focus only.That doesn't detract from its value in my opinion, as I most often use manual focus for shooting landscapes anyway. This lens performs above my expectations from a lens priced under $ : However; I haven't found any filter that fits basically due to the shape of the front element and built-in lens hood.

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        4.0

        Good performance - Sharp enough

        By Lucas

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Film Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects

        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

        The travel on the focus ring is a bit too much, but other then that, it's is everything it claims to be...

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        4.0

        Jury is out but so far so good

        By Rmd

        from Texas

        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

        Very little distortion on edges. Some stretching on sides but overall a great lens for the money

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        5.0

        great lens!

        By plangereis

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good value
        • Professional Quality
        • Sharp

        Cons

        • Fidgety For Infinity Focu

        Best Uses

        • Landscapes

        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

        I just got the lens and have had only limited time to try it out, but so far it has been pretty awesome. like some have mentioned it takes a while to find the sweet spot at different apertures, but it is worth it at this price!

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        4.0

        I LOVE my new Lens!!!

        By Heybud33

        from Houma, LA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

            I use this lens to mainly shoot nature shots. You actually can capture beautiful landscapes that even your eyes don't notice until you see the photo. Definitely happy with my purchase

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            The well needed Upgrade!

            By Sergio, a future filmmaker

            from Palm Springs, CA

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Performance

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

            Purchased this based on positive reviews and was not disappointed. Build quality is solid and picture quality was sharp seeing as I use the kit lens 18-55mm. Doing video, I am happy to say this exceeded my expectations. Focusing is a bit tough as you can easy go behind or in front of the area you are focusing on but aside from that, nothing but pluses from me. Did I mention the price?

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            5.0

            Very good !!

            By GP

            from Argentina

            Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

            It has a very good optical quality, no doubt is a prime optics. Works great on f8 for landscapes. The only two cons I have, being manual focus a bit complicated to do, if you use Mágic latern help, but does not serve fast focus. other information that does not like is pictured as 50mm info for me. But money is excellent especially optics that compensates for the rest of the bad. It's like having a 14mm canon with more work per very similar results are obtained.

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            4.0

            Very nice for the price

            By Angel

            from San Juan, PR

            About Me Business Owner, Photography And Video Pro

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast 28 Apperture
            • Fast F 28
            • Fast F-28
            • Fast Lens
            • Highly Compatible
            • Inexpensive

            Cons

            • Sharp But Not Very

            Best Uses

            • Documentareis
            • General photography
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

            I'm using this lens for video as much as photos on my Canon 6D. The lens is good, fast (f 2.8), not too heavy and easy to use. Limited of course by being a "manual lens", it has no auto focus or optical stabilisation and aperture has to be set by hand using the ring. I guess you can call it an "old school lens". It is not perfect, image quality is good, but not great. I had a similar but cheaper version of this lens also from Rokinon for my cropped censor camera and the improvement is big and visible: Distance in the focus ring is accurate (no more guessing), and the lens is noticeably sharper. It is a big improvement and I'm very happy with my purchase.

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            4.0

            wonderful!

            By Higgins

            from prescott, az

            Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

            Sturdy lens, smooth focus. Perfect for any landscape/astro photographer. Manual focus is the way to go !

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            5.0

            Nice lens for astrophotography widefield

            By Whiskcat

            from Sammamish, WA

            About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good value
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • No Auto Settings

            Best Uses

            • Astrophotography
            • Widefield Milky Way

            Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

            I use this lens for the main purpose of taking widefield milky way shots of the sky at night. The results turned out great! It's a manual lens, so you have to adjust f stop and focus on your own, which isnt too big of a deal and shouldnt be for any dslr user, though i guess have the option to have auto would have been nice.

            Heres some tips for shooting the sky. f/2.8, set focus to infinity, exposure 20s to 30s, ISO 800-6400, though i generally use 3200 from my location.

            For the price, this lens cant be beat. It feels well made, heavy, and the pictures speak for themselves.

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            5.0

            Great value

            By etb

            from Williamsburg, VA

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

                  Great image quality at a great price.

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                  5.0

                  Fast service. Nice and safe packing

                  By J

                  from Homestead, Fl

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

                        I talked to the store by calling them. They are really good and guide you through the needs each person has. fast shipping. Great overall.

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                        5.0

                        Great for Night Photography

                        By Kel

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Low Light
                        • Low Price
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astrophotography
                          • Low Light
                          • Night photography

                          Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

                          I already have an ultra wide zoom, but wanted a faster wide angle lens for night sky photography. Had a chance to get some Milky Way shots with a Canon 70D and they turned out great! Tack sharp corner to corner and at a very low price. Feels solid in hand without being heavy. I consider this a "specialty" lens rather than for day to day use.

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                          5.0

                          Wide-Angle Lens

                          By Leslie

                          from Virginia

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Professional Quality
                          • Well engineered

                          Cons

                          • Fixed Hood
                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Panoramic Landscapes

                          Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

                          I used the wide-angle lens on my digital Canon EOS 3ti this past weekend. I like the 115 degree distortion-free view of subject matter. The lens is a little heavier than I anticipated, but my small tripod held firm. I noticed that when using the Canon EOS built-in flash, that a shadow is sometimes cast by the lens hood, which is fixed to the lens.

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                          3.0

                          Back to basics.

                          By martti_s

                          from Reunion Island

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Cheap
                          • Optically Ok With Profile
                          • Wide

                          Cons

                          • Fragile Front Element
                          • No Filters
                          • Primitive

                          Best Uses

                          • Wide Angle Photography

                          Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

                          Thus far, I have only been using this lens for landscape photography.
                          It is not something that you just start to use righ away for the very reason that it is a very basic objective with manual focus and manual diaphragm. You open up, compose, close down to where you like, probably 16, with the camera on manual you select the time and the ISO, then you take the picture.
                          SURPRISE: The exposure is off! So you take a couple of more shots and finally get one with a usable exposure.
                          To focus with this lens if you want to shoot full open can only done with LiveView and magnification.
                          This sounds clumsy but this was how things worked before.

                          From the results I've got thus far I can conclude that the lens is very sharp and that it profits enormously from lens correction profiles applied in post process.

                          You need Adobe AIR, Lens Profile Downloader (Mac or Win) and a bit of patience to spot the 14mm f/28 under the name Rokinon, SamYang or Vivitar in combination with the camera body you have.

                          Will the results be worth climbing the learning curve?
                          Who knows.

                          A 14mm viewfinder on the hot shoe might not be a bad invesment.
                          Stopped down you do not see much throug the viewfinder and the LV is a bit dark as well.

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                          4.0

                          great lens otherwise

                          By Samuel

                          from Toronto, ON, Canada

                          About Me Hobbyist

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                                Comments about Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon:

                                manual focus only, no focus confirmation. super wide angle as described. manual focus is a little hard on 5d mark iii. a split focus screen replacement would help.

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