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Rokinon14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF
 
4.4

(based on 234 reviews)

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    (130)

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    (79)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (74)
  • Easy to use (72)
  • Lightweight (55)
  • Compact (36)
  • Highly compatible (32)

Cons

  • Lacks functionality (19)
  • Heavy (11)
  • Limited compatibility (8)
  • Poor performance (7)
  • Manual focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (58)
  • Night photography (30)
  • Independent films (25)
  • Low light (18)
  • Landscapes (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (88), Professional artist (35), Business owner (29), Semi-pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (192), Yes (5)

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

Perfect Wide Angle Lens!

By Andrei Sam Video

from Tampa, FL

About Me Freelance Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Manual
  • No Distortion Wide Angle
  • Professional Quality
  • Sharp
  • Well Built

Cons

  • Limited Compatibility

Best Uses

  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio
  • Video And Photography

Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

I use this lens for video and photography. I was impressed that 14mm wide lens practically does not have any distortions of subjects that I'm filming or photographing. For some reason the exposure simulation works only in video mode on my Canon camera. This lens is fully manual and you have to set everything manually, your camera doesn't communicate with the lens, however I'm into it, I love it! When I first got into photography back in 1998, my first ever camera and a lens was fully manual and mechanical, didn't require any batteries or memory cards :-)

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5.0

Great value for money

By Adam

from Queensland, Australia

Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

Saw that this lens was a good budget lens for milkyway photos, and boy do the images pop, very very little chromatic aboration. Manual focus is easy, lens is pretty solid and has some good weight to it. Enjoy using.

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4.0

Terrific value

By Betty from Cape Cod

from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

      very good quality lens for wide angle photography and a good value at this price - I use this lens primarily for night photography (milky way). This lens is manual focus.

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      4.0

      Great for the Price

      By Joey M.

      from Baltimore

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

          I did this lenses, super wide view from event calendar.

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          5.0

          Great Night Photos!

          By detroitdj

          from Detroit, MI

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Long Exposures
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

              If you need eyeglasses, make sure you use them. Otherwise your images will be out of focus. This is a manual focus lens.

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              4.0

              Awesome

              By Tylynn

              from Wyoming

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                  Great quality and price for beginner photography

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                  4.0

                  Awesome purchase

                  By Shelby

                  from Washington, DC

                  Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                  My only complaint would be that there is a little distortion on the edge of the photos. Nothing that a little photoshop can't fix!

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                  5.0

                  Excellent!!

                  By Roy V

                  from Mexico City

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                    This is a really sharp lens, I knew it was sharp but it totally blew me away when I saw the resulting images, this is a great unexpensive lens, the onlylet down as it's been mentioned many times is thelack of autofocus but it's totally worth it, no autofocus is not a deal breaker for me.

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                    4.0

                    Like

                    By Yinka of YouAlive

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                        Remember folks, manual only. That being said, beautiful results for the scenarios where it's needed: Indoor group shots (remember not to have people at the very edges of your frame - have some space) when you don't have a lot of room.

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                        5.0

                        Wonderful Tool for Astrophotography!

                        By Kel the Photo Beast

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astrophotography

                          Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                          I have enjoyed using this lens for several subjects, but I bought it primarily for astrophotography. I am learning the subject, and this lens is a great way to jump in... Not expensive, great image quality, and easy to learn. I was a bit concerned as I have never used a manual focus lens, but it was fairly easy to learn, and now it is becoming second nature.
                          This lens grabs lots of light quickly, and easily. Stars are sharp at F2.8... don't even need to stop down.
                          There is the challenge of moustache distortion, but this is easily overcome. I downloaded a lens profile from Adobe and it corrects easily in Lightroom.

                          A great tool for a low price - not something I get to say very often about my hobby!

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Lens!

                          By Will Ebbert

                          from Auburn, Al

                          About Me Hobbyist

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astrophotography

                            Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                            This is a phenomenal lens! I use it primarily for astrophotography and it works perfectly for that as well as other things I've used it for.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Best bang for your buck

                            By Qazi

                            from Oklahoma

                            Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                            I can't believe how sharp and how beautiful this lens was until I tried it out then I immediately bought it with out any second thought

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                            5.0

                            Awesome

                            By Dp

                            from Brooklyn

                            Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                            Great lens! used it same day I recieved it in the mail, music video came out great lens produce a great clear image even with an inexpensive camera that you wouldn't think would do the work

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                            3.0

                            Its good

                            By Claudia

                            from Southampton, New York

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Price

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality

                            Best Uses

                            • Real Estate

                            Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                            The lens produces great shots and is a good place to start if you broke the bank buying the full frame camera.

                            Some things I did not realize in my excitement to purchase a compatible lens for my new full frame camera - this lens is a prime lens and it features an aperture ring to adjust the aperture. Weird, different but not bad. Its all a learning experience for me, and this is a good lesson and the lens will serve me well till i can afford the canon tilt shift :)

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                            4.0

                            Solid lens

                            By SemiBoneless Ham

                            from Naples, FL.

                            Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                            Ultra Wide and very sharp. Heavy well built lens. Like the included lens cap. Old school manual focus. Which is actually kind of interesting. Manual exposure too.

                            A bit hard to focus when it's in dim light. Makes you appreciate automatic focus even more.

                            Good value specialty lens. Real estate and Astrophotography being the ways I use it.

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                            5.0

                            Good lens

                            By Jed

                            from Clemson

                            Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                            Exceptional quality lens. Perfect for astrophotography.

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                            5.0

                            Wide prime for Canon EOS

                            By Boris Vladimirsky

                            from Manchester NJ

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects

                              Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                              Start to use it for real estate photography. Lens is extremely sharp. If you experienced with manual focus its pleasure to use. Give very attractive point of view with easily fix distortion.Highly recommend to friends

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                              5.0

                              my widest view

                              By pavel k

                              from nj

                              About Me Hobbyist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Home Movies
                                • Landscape

                                Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                                very good lens, it works as expected, 2.8 is not so much useful, but little step down and it is amazing, sharp and vivid.

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                                4.0

                                Great Lens for a great price

                                By Don

                                from Jackson, NJ

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Nightlow Light Photograp

                                  Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                                  I use this lens for night sky photography. The manual focus takes a little getting use to, but with practice the pictures came out better than I expected. Great lens for the price, gets similar results as more expensive lenses.

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                                  5.0

                                  For the price

                                  By Samory

                                  from New Rochelle, N.Y.

                                  About Me Hobbyist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Price

                                  Cons

                                  • Periphery Vignette

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Room And Landscape

                                  Comments about Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF:

                                  If you can crop. You can't do better for the price.

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