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Rokinon14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon
 
4.3

(based on 149 reviews)

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    (56)

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    (11)

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    (7)

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    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (45)
  • Professional quality (45)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Highly compatible (25)
  • Strong construction (23)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Night photography (27)
  • Low light (18)
  • Independent films (17)
  • Video (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (54), Professional artist (22), Business owner (21), Semi-pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (131), Yes (3)

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

Wide Value at its best

By Mattysnap

from NYC

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

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

    An affordable 2.8/f lens that rocks. Can't wait to take a thousand shots....

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    5.0

    Works Great

    By Mario Rdz

    from Calexico CA

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

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

      Meets the technical and professional aspects for film production.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Does a good job for a fair price

      By Wildlife junkie

      from Monroe, Oregon

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Every thing is manual on this but it does a good job for a fair price

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Good product!

          By Herman

          from San Diego, CA

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

          The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 at this price point is hard to beat. It's manual of course (oh what did we do before auto focus? This is sarcasm). The lens is plastic but well built with a smooth click less focus ring. It's moderate weight is not substantial, but attached to a Canon 5D Mark iii, it's well balanced. Focus is sharp from 2.8 on up with minimal fall off at higher stops. Overall sharp lens for exploring a more creative view. I use it for Milky Way and sky photography and find it more than adequate for these purposes. Get one! You'll sabe a bundle and see that it out performs higher priced alternatives.

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          5.0

          Great Value

          By MBS

          from Chicago

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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          Pros

          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Great wide angle lens for the price!

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              5.0

              incredible for astrophotography!

              By Cristian

              from New Jersey

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

              I can't get enough of this lense! If you are into milky way photography, or just astrophotography in general, this lense is definitely for you. Although it's manual adjustment, it only took me a few minutes of playing around with it, to get it. BUT now I can't stop using it. I shoot all my timelapses with it. I highly recommend this lense to anybody into landscape, milky way and astrophotography.

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              4.0

              Good lens, have had no issues so far

              By Scott

              from Kansas

              About Me Landscapes, Night Scenes

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I originally bought this lens for shooting the Milky Way with a Canon 5D Mark II. I have not had a chance yet to really test it for that application, but I have done some general landscape shooting with it and was very happy with the results. Distortion was not a major noticeable problem for me and what was there was easily corrected in LR. I have not tried shooting anything where distortion would be very noticeable. Image quality was good, lens build quality seems very good (better than I expected). So far no issues at all with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Love At First Shot

                  By Casey's Shadow

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

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

                    I'm fitting this to a Canon cinema camera and I couldn't be happier. Focus and aperture rings are super-smoothly geared and their use felt immediately intuitive. The construction is Rokinon-solid (that is to say very good) and, most importantly, the image is really nice. I haven't run into any detractors to report, as of yet.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Value

                    By Stu Starwalker

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Hobbyist

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                    Pros

                    • Price

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Nightscapes

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

                      I use this lens mostly for nightscapes. Because I'm using it on a crop sensor camera (Canon T2i) I can't vouch for the extreme edge to edge quality. I plan to use it on a full frame when I get one. The images are sharp. A nice improvement over the kit lens. The price makes this very attractive. I used it on some general, daytime shots yesterday and the manual focus doesn't seem to be any issue. I especially like the hard infinity focus for night sky shooting where autofocus lenses can be difficult to nail infinity focus with. Shooting at f/4 is giving very nice results. For daytime, I just shoot in aperture priority. My camera tends to overexpose this way, so I just use exposure compensation to correct. I don't know if this is a common result with this lens, mode and camera.

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                      4.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Linds

                      from Seattle, WA

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                      Pros

                      • Improves Performance
                      • Price

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astrophotography
                        • Landscape

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

                        I use this lens with a Canon T2i. Great for landscapes and night photography. Since it doesn't have auto-zoom, that does take a little getting used to. Highly recommend it, and for the price it's a no-brainer.

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                        5.0

                        Best lens for the price

                        By thecanonguy

                        from NJ

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Independent Films

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

                          Wow this is lens is cool, sharp and cheap.

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                          5.0

                          Great Quality Lens for Beginners

                          By John Bolsen

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Hobbyist, YouTuber

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I use this lens mostly for video with my Canon T3i, and I am very happy with it. The build quality of the lens far surpasses any of my other lenses. The focus ring is as smooth as butter, and the aperture ring is extremely helpful.

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                              5.0

                              Really awesome lens

                              By ChrisInVa

                              from Chesapeake, VA

                              About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

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                              Pros

                              • Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Sky
                                • Wide Field

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

                                I bought this lens to take Milky Way photos coupled with my Canon 6D/50D and couldn't be happier. Keeping in mind this lens is manual in every way, it works superbly. There's no coma present in my particular lens and it's very sharp.

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                                5.0

                                Quality lens at amazing price

                                By Shawn

                                from Orlando, FL

                                About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Had the lens for 10 days and I am very pleased with the performance of the lens -- fantastic quality with min distortion. Perfect for real estate interior jobs. Glad I purchased this lens. Thanks Rokinon!

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                                    4.0

                                    Pretty Good

                                    By Systurnslead

                                    from Houston, TX

                                    About Me 13 Year Videographer, Business Owner

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Extra Wide For Full Frame
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • Distortion Around Edges

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Independent Films
                                    • Slow Or Still Shots

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

                                    This is a pretty good lens except the distortion around the edges. Seems to fall off pretty fast and makes stuff on the end look extra wide in comparison to the middle. But for a cheap lens, its pretty good.

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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

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                                      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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