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

(based on 252 reviews)

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    (86)

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    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (74)
  • Easy to use (73)
  • 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 (89), Professional artist (35), Business owner (29), Semi-pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (193), 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

Best money I've spent on my camera so far.

By Dom

from Ottawa

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the 14mm specifically because I've enjoyed taking photos of the stars with my 17-40 f4 and wanted to take it a bit further. I read a couple of reviews of the Rokinon 14mm and decided to give it a try. Very happy I did; the lens surpassed my expectations. Full manual is not as much of an issue as I thought it would be, for my uses at least, and the IQ is great. Genuinely very surprised that this economic solution is as good as it is. Build quality feels great, image sharpness is great, aberration is not an issue, image distortion is pronounced (of course) but LR fixes it very easily – there is a preset for the lens. Susceptible to flare, naturally, but that's quite fun. I would definitely buy it again, and have started looking at some of the other lenses from this manufacturer.

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4.0

Great lens!

By Kelli

from Undisclosed

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

I'm actually surprised how much I like this lens. The pictures are high quality with minimal distortion. I have not tried it in low light settings yet however. An issue is that it is difficult to manually focus, but that's my biggest complaint. Overall very happy with it

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5.0

Go to lens for the night

By William

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I found this lens extremely simple to set up for all my night sky photography. Although it is straight up manual, I found it easier to adjust for conditions than any of my other lenses I use for night time photography. Very pleased.

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5.0

Rukinon 14mm F2.8: Great for Milky Way Photography

By EW

from Texas

Verified Buyer

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

Astrophotography is harsh on lenses when used wide open. Most show various kinds of abberrations unless they are truly premium lenses or stopped down a couple of F-stops. The Rokinon 14mm used wide open produces very acceptable star images over the entire frame when using my Canon T3i. No lens is perfect, but this one performs like lenses costing much more. A winner in my book. The attached photo is largely unprocessed; 20 seconds F2.8.

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5.0

Perfect wide angle

By Ally

from San diego

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

This is now my go to lens for filming! It is great quality, amazing image, what else can you want in a lens

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5.0

Would definitely recommend this lens

By James

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

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

It's a handy little lens for night sky and landscape photography. I used it to stitch a 30 image panorama of the Milky Way, and it performed beautifully. Although a manual lens, it was very easy to use, and is very good at controlling chromatic aberration. At f/2.8, it still remains sharp to the edges.

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4.0

Good entry-level wide angle lens

By Anna

from Baltimore, MD

Verified Buyer

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

Bright, clear lens, not a lot of distortion. Takes good clear photos. I've had a lot of fun with this thing. Decent even in low light. A bit of a learning curve if you're not used to shooting without autofocus, but overall a fun lens.

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4.0

Excellent lens for Astrophotography

By PK

from Philadelphia

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

I purchased this lens for the sole use of Astrophotography but have found myself using it for other landscape shots as well. For the price you can't do better!

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5.0

Bang for Buck!

By BK

from Philadelphia

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

I bought this lens about a year ago based off of user reviews and I must say I am really happy with it. Well, I am a hobbyist photographer with a limited budget, though I am not saying you're sacrifice quality by purchasing this lens. The housing is primarily metal with a plastic aperture ring and fixed petal hood. They put the money is the glass. It's an extremely basic prime lens, which I like. Photos come out clean and crisp!

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5.0

Great for timelapse

By Icyspoon

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

Works great, little bit of mustache distortion but great lens overall.

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4.0

Great value!

By Rin

from Chas, SC

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

Love the lens, manual focus and aperture ring take some getting used to, especially since the live view doesn't show anything close to accurate exposure. IQ is fine!

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5.0

A Steal of a Lens

By Cana Family

from SLO, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Ive been using the lens on a few larger projects with crop censor cameras and was blown away by the sharpness on the edges and the lack of bending. I love the lens and think its a steal for less than 400. Id love to try more of the lenses in this line.

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5.0

Amazing for filmmakers!

By Yugor

from São Paulo, Brasil

Verified Buyer

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

Clear image, perfect for wide angle shoots.

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5.0

Perfect for night sky photography and more

By Snidley

from Lewes, DE

Verified Buyer

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

Very sharp, light weight, great price. A recommend to buy.

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4.0

quality Vs price

By Eduardo

from Curitiba, Brazil

Verified Buyer

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

E very good lens

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5.0

Inexpensive and great quality

By HTOregon

from Beaverton, OR

About Me Hobbyist

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Performance
  • Inexpensive for quality

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This lens is a very affordable way to begin exploring astrophotography. I use it on my Canon 70d.
      It is manual (and does not communicate with the camera -- e.g. no auto focus) but I found it very easy to use and it takes very clear pictures.
      The quality of the photos it produces are much higher than those taken with my kit lens.

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      4.0

      14mm Wide

      By TJ

      from Indiana

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

      So far I like this lens. Mainly using it for night sky images where focusing to infinity. I struggle with its focus on closer up images in daylight.

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      4.0

      Bang for the buck

      By Court

      from Philadelphia

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

      I'm pleased with my purchase. I'm still a novice in the photography field and asked for recommendations from experienced friends, they recommended this lens for my mountain views and landscapes. The wide angle allows me to capture more in my photo. It easily fits my canon 70D body and is user friendly.

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      5.0

      Perfect Wide Angle Lens!

      By Andrei Sam Video

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Freelance Videographer

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      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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      • No

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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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