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

(based on 282 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (75)
  • 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 (26)
  • Low light (18)
  • Landscapes (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (89), Professional artist (36), Business owner (29), Semi-pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (194), 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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4.0

Definitely the best bang for your buck!

By Walden Butay

from Irvine, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I use this product mainly for start photography and time lapses. With a decent f stop of 2.8, it's really good for those low-light situations. I also recently bought a Glidecam HD 4000 and having that ultra wide angle works wonders. Definitely recommend this lens for those looking to get into the prime lens game and don't want to drain their wallet too much.

 
2.0

Low light lens?

By James

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

My photos were initially very nice until I loaded them on a high resolution computer screen and the soft area in the lower right of the landscape scene was unacceptable. I shoot many low light or night time shots and need the lens to be able to operate with little or no distortion or softness for the whole image. Sorry, this lens won't work for me, I'm sending it back.

 
4.0

Great lens with limitations

By Phuil

from Baltimore

Verified Buyer

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

I'm using this mostly for grand landscapes and in museums and tight indoor shots. The images from this lens were sharper than the same image from my zoom lens when set for wide-angle. The exposure range is great and I didn't notice chromatic aberrations even on tree branches set against a bright sky. I'm OK with an the ALL manual adjustment; however, I would have given this lens a 5 if it at least was equipped with contacts for lens info and the chip used to interface with Canon cameras auto-focus. If you set your camera for aperture priority the shutter speed is set correctly. I don't expect to use a flash with this lens, but when I tried to use one the TTL function did not work.

 
5.0

Love it

By Anthony

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for astrophotography and am loving it so far. Great price and built like a tank

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I really like it!!!

By steven

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Amazing shots, just keep the subject matter inside the one third area. Easy to use and lots of fun.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you want crisp - you got it!

By Kyle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I think that a lenses ability to auto focus and to link with the cameras metering system has become too important and, as a result, some photographers are overlooking some really great glass. A manual focus, manual f stop lens at first look might seem archaic, but give this one a chance. Rokinon has put the focus and money into the glass vs electronics. This keeps the cost of the lens reasonable while keeping the quality of glass high. I've found this lens to be incredibly sharp and have no issues to report. Manual focus and manual setting of the f stop might mean that it'll take you a few more seconds to set up and take a shot - but this is not a lens you use for action shots. If you are a landscape shooter or someone who just wants more of the world in the picture, this lens is an easy sell.

 
5.0

Love this little lens, especially for the price!

By Shannon

from undisclosed

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

Love this little lens, especially for the price! Great to nightscapes and startrails.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spectacular lens!

By Riccardo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Super cool lens and a bargain for the price. Wanted a 10mm but this exceeded my expectations! Would buy again for sure!

 
5.0

I bought this again; excellent lens!

By Sherman

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I will primarily use this for night sky and landscape shots. It is an amazing lens for extreme low light/dark sky sceneries. I can also see it being beneficial for realty photography; I can shoot an entire room with one snap. It is a fully manual lens which does not present a problem for me. I look forward towards capturing the Milky Way this spring. I had the Bower version of this lens years ago, did not know what i had and gave it to my sister...My mistake meant new purchase.

 
4.0

Yes I would recommend this product

By Len

from Australia

Verified Buyer

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

I order this lens on 20/dec/16 and it arrived safe and sound on 03.01.17 in Australia, I would say u guys rock for the fantastic delivery. I am testing the lens now and it work fine. this is my first lens where you have to do all the manual changes. but so far so good. Thanks

 
5.0

Nice lens

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens, but the manual focus takes getting used to. Nicely built. No quality control issues on my copy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

14 mm f /2.8

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Its a fantastic lens for star shoots. I do a lot of night time photography and this lens has opened up the skies for me. Its sharp, crisp and captures the Milky Way as I dreamed it would.

 
4.0

good quality in photos and videos

By German

from undisclosed

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

I was surprised by the good quality in photos and videos.

 
4.0

Priced well and Good Quality.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I got this for astro photography and landscapes based upon internet reviews. I have an older Cannon DSLR (a 5D MII) and this lens really opens up a photo. I have tested it thoroughly for lens misalignments and this lens appears to be perfect. I'm not advanced enough to really comment on on vignetting and image sharpness, but I've been very happy with results thus far.

 
3.0

Decent lens for the price, but has limitations

By Robi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

By giving up the auto focus capabilities, this lens provides ultrawide angle at a very significant cost savings. At such wide angles, one can argue that autofocus is perhaps not all that necessary, and I would agree with that sentiment, so the lack of autofocus is not the limitation of this camera. Rather, in my view, the true limitation of the camera is how soft the images it produces, particularly along the edges, heck, anywhere except the center.

So, buy it for what is worth: it is a great lens for taking pictures of tight quarters and/ or sweeping landscapes. Just dont expect pixel level razor sharpness.

 
2.0

Not as sharp as I had hoped

By Sam

from undisclosed

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

I purchased the lens to do some night sky photography. Before taking it out to use at night, I tried using it during the day to get a feel for it. It never really looked sharp for me. I would zoom in to focus on an object and it never really came into focus. There always seemed to be a haze over the entire image. I mean, for $250 I wasn't expecting it to be 100% tack sharp, but was hoping it would be a bit better.

 
5.0

Sharp image, excellent price, very easy to operate

By Bill

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Use this wide angle lens to shot landscape, it produces very sharp image. Cannot have better deal than this: great price and excellent quality

 
4.0

Amazingly sharp, but...

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is every bit as sharp on my Canon 6D as the reviews I've read suggested it would be, and well built as well. It compares very nicely to my TOKINA 12-24mm lens (though that lens only covers a full frame sensor from 18mm onward. Focusing is very much a challenge, even scale focusing is a challenge as there are no depth of field scales on the lens - technically astute readers will understand why there aren't. (One needs to compute DOF settings with the circle of confusion for the reproduction size you intend to use.) The lens resolution will support MASSIVE enlargements. Using Canon's Live View with the magnifier works pretty well in establishing critical focus. This lens is not easy to use, but if you're technically adept you can get really impressive results. The Canon 14mm F/2.8L lens is easier to use, has autofocus and auto exposure, etc. and may even be a hair sharper, but costs 8 to ten times as much. Oh, and for $150 more, you can get a Rokinon version with everything automatic except focusing - this lens is completely manual in every way.

 
4.0

Yes, I would buy it again.

By Jun

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought FE E-mount version first, using on Sony A7II. Return it because of blurry corners. It's heavy too. Now I bought Cannon EF one, very sharp the whole frame even wide open, also balance well on tripod with adapter tripod mount for Sony A7II.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nightscapes/Astrophotography

By Cody

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

7 Dec 2016:
I'm writing this review now because I was asked through email to do so, but I'll update when the exchange process is completed.

Like many others, I bought this for nightscapes/astrophotography. My first copy ended up being decentered and I have sent it back for an exchange. Overall image was pretty soft at all focus distances. Right side of images were significantly out of focus compared to the rest of the image. I tested for a decentered lens using the "Zeiss modified Siemens Star Chart." Sure enough it was way off centered. I ran a comparison test, just to be sure, using a 50mm prime and it was and dead on centered. The new copy of the Rokinon should be here in a couple of days and I will update this after the same tests are performed. I do expect very high quality/sharpness out of a good copy of this lens after seeing amazing samples from other users. The only problem seems to be getting a good copy.

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