The 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Lens for Sony E Mount from Samyang is a manual focus, manual aperture, ultra-wide angle prime lens compatible with full frame and APS-C format Sony NEX mirrorless digital cameras. On APS-C format cameras it provides a 35mm format focal length equivalency of 21mm. A maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective in low light shooting and provides shallow depth of field control. With extra-low dispersion, aspherical and hybrid aspherical lens elements, chromatic aberrations are minimized and sharp, color-accurate images are the result. UMC lens coating facilitates even light transmission and reduces ghosting and flare. The minimum focus distance for this lens is 11".
- Sony E Mount Lens
- Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
- For Full Frame & APS-C Cameras
- 21mm (35mm Equivalent on APS-C Sensor)
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Overview
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Specs
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
11.02" / 28 cm
14 Elements in 10 Groups
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.43 x 4.81" / 87.12 x 122.17 mm
20.11 oz / 570 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
7 x 5.8 x 3.3"
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Reviews
When you see the price tag you immediately think of this lens as being full of problems, but this one has almost none. Sharp, well built and solid. The only gripe is that the distance numbers engraving on the focus ring can be misleading. Also its perfect at f4 and beyond.
I bought this lens for using it in astrophotography (northern lights, star trails and milky way). I could not afford a wide angle fast lens, so I ended up with this lens. For the price this is a great lens as long as you get a good copy of this lens.
Heavy and good quality
I am still getting used to it. I love the wide angle, for night it is beautiful. Aperture and focus are manual so it is a great practise. Love it.
Great glass for budget price
This is a niche focal length, but if you're unfamiliar to a lens this wide, Samyang is an excellent entry lens. There is a good deal of distortion, but the sharpness and contrast hold up well even to the sensor on a D850.
Okay if you can focus it
I bought this as an alternative to lugging around my 14-24mm AF-S Nikkor, which I mostly used at 14mm anyway. In actual use (as opposed to shooting brick walls), it's hard to tell how good/bad it is because my eyesight makes it so darned hard to focus even with focus aids on the camera. It may find some use for astrophotography, but I doubt I will carry it around for landscapes any more. Still, if you can manage the focusing, it's a bargain for what it is.
Great little landscape lens
Bought this lens on sale because I needed a wider angle for some of my landscape. Was kind of a feeling out for a 14mm and not so much for the lens itself. To my surprise the lens itself takes great photos. Great starter lens for ultra wide angle landscape for those on a budget.
Gives great images!
Works as expected and I was pleased with how easy it is to dial in the focal range. I picked up this lens for real estate interiors and have used it with both a full-frame body and an APS-C body. With the full frame body, the focal length is 14mm and it captures nearly the whole room. On the crop sensor, it's 22mm, which hardly has any distortion to correct. The lens is very useful with either body.
Spend the extra and get the AF version
I picked up this lens to practice real estate photography and macro-ish wide angle style shots. Right off the bat I was not pleased with how this lens's focus adjustment performs. To go the full swing from macro to infinity felt like it was never ending. It was geared so low that making a large adjustment was barley noticeable on the view finder without zooming in 10x. For me, this was a deal breaker because a quick change of composition was impossible. If I was shooting film I wouldn't mind the extra time this lens adds to setting up a composition but I shoot on a Sony mirrorless and would like a quicker lens for my taste. If the full focus adjustment was half of what it actually was I would stick with it. Instead I returned it and spent an additional $250 on the AF version. I couldn't be happier with that lens, it was well worth the extra cash for how quickly it locks focus.
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