Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 Review (many strengths and a few shortcomings, D. Abbott)

Samyang RF 14mm F/2.8 Review

Here is a Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 review. The Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 mounts natively on the Canon EOS R system.

Dustin Abbott posted an exhaustive Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 review. The Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 is a rather fast wide angle lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

From Dustin Abbott’s conclusion:

[the Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 is] not perfect; the extreme corners aren’t super sharp until smaller apertures, and I didn’t feel that the best landscape performance came until F8.  Fortunately the wide focal length means that you can still effectively handhold in a lot of lighting conditions as you don’t need a particularly high shutter speed to avoid motion blur even without image stabilization in Canon bodies (thus far).  I found that even shooting at 1/30th to 1/50th of a second was sufficient to get reliably sharp results (unless I was particularly cold!), and that’s possible in most lighting conditions.  There’s a fair bit of barrel distortion, and definitely some vignette, though all of these are correctable in either camera or post.  There’s no question that you can produce some dynamic, intriguing images with this lens, and the fact that you can do it without breaking the bank ($699 USD MSRP) is just icing on the cake.  It’s also an intriguing option for video either on a gimbal (light weight and good autofocus help!) or for doing vlogging.  By the end of my review period, I had come full circle and appreciated this lens for its many strengths despite having a few shortcomings.  If you want a really wide angle of view and can’t afford the pricey Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS, then the Samyang RF 14mm F2.8 might just be the lens for you.

I prefer to read reviews instead of watching videos so I truly recommend you head over to Dustin Abbott’s site, if not for else at least to see some beatiful pictures of a Canadian winter landscape. For those who prefer to watch reviews, the two videos below should suit.

Samyang lenses are also branded Rokinon, depending by geographic location.

Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Samyang RF 14mm f/2.8 key features:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical and Two ED Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
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Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Deal – $449 (reg. $749)

Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8 Deal

B&H Photo has a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 deal (Canon mount).

Get the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 at $499. Compare at $749. Free shipping.

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 deal key features and description:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Two Aspherical and Four HRI Elements

All hand-picked deals are listed here.

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Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Review Sample Photos (RF mount)

Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8 Review

Dustin Abbott posted as set of Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 review sample images. The full review will follow soon.

Says Dustin:

Canon desperately needs more financially accessible lenses for a broad rollout of the R system, and to date third party support had been reserved to a handful of manual focus lenses.  Fortunately, that seems about to change, and leading the charge is Korean lens maker Samyang (also sold as Rokinon) with this lens – the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 lens in an RF mount.  This is an autofocusing lens (and one that autofocuses very well on the Canon EOS R that I tested it on) along with having a beautiful, weather sealed build.  It delivers an extremely wide angle of view that is wider than any other lens on the platform and comes with a more approachable price tag

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Samyang lenses are also branded Rokinon. Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

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Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens For Canon EOS R Available For Preorder ($699)

Samyang AF 14mm

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 key features:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical and Two ED Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating

Samyang (aka Rokinon, Walimex, and more) is the first manufacturer to release an autofocus lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

The (Rokinon) Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens is available for preorder at $699 at B&H Photo.