Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF review (ePhotozine)

Samyang AF 14mm

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF at a glance:

  • 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
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Autofocus, AF/MF Switch
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded, Seven-Blade Diaphragm

ePhotozine reviewed the new Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF lens. The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 is for full frame Canon DSLRs, and it is the first Samyang AF lens for a Canon DSLR.

From the conclusion:

Samyang has consistently produced some excellent lenses for many years and now join the mainstream of AF lenses with equally powerful offerings.

The new AF 14mm f/2.8 EF takes us a step further. Hitherto, all the AF lenses have concentrated on the Sony A series, but now we see the first autofocus DSLR lens, for Canon. It performs well, produced superb images and is a real alternative at a very attractive price. Read the review…

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 EF: Adorama | B&H Photo

Here is the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 for Canon mount

Samyang 14mm

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 EF at a glance:

  • Image Sensor size: Full frame 35mm
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • Maximum aperture: F/2.8
  • Filter Diameter: N/A
  • Angle of view: 116.6 degrees (full frame sensor)
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.2m
  • Focus type: Auto-Focus (with Manual Focus switch)
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded)
  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 10 groups (2 Aspherical, 1 Extra Low Dispersion, 4 High Refractive
  • Dimensions (max): 90.5mm Dia x 95.6mm L

It’s official. Samyang announced the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens for Canon EF mount. The first Samyang lens with auto-focus for Canon DSLRs. The Samyang brand is also known as Rokinon or Walimex or Bower. The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 will sell for $799. Pre-order at B&H Photo | Amazon |  Adorama

Ideal Autofocus Lens with High Usability

This first EF mount autofocus lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand’s universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. From a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups, 7 special optic lenses have been chosen in the production of this lens, to maximise the image quality. The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimises distortion and various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The remarkably even image quality from centre to corner of the wide 116.6 degree angle of view appears distinctly on its MTF chart.

The minimised weight and movement of the focusing lens group enables quiet and pleasant autofocusing with high accuracy. This compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood and is the best travel partner to capture unforgettable moments on your journey. Weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch increase usability.

Product description:

The AF 14mm F2.8 EF is Samyang’s first autofocus lens designed for Canon full frame DSLR cameras. This light weight wide-angle lens inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series and importantly, the minimised weight and motion of the focusing lens group enables fast, quiet and precise autofocus.

With a total of 15 lens elements in 10 groups, this lens uses 7 special optical elements to maximise image quality. The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimises distortion and aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. Ultra Multi Coating effectively eliminates flare and ghosting to improve resolution even further. The remarkably even image quality from centre to edge of the wide 116.6 degree angle of view is very apparent on the MTF chart.

This compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighhs only 485g (without lens caps and hood) and is the ideal travel partner to capture unforgettable moments along your journey. Weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch increase usability. Beautiful bokeh and star effects can be achieved thanks to the wide aperture and 7 rounded diaphragm blades 

 

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Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens review

Rokinon 12mm F/2.8

Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA

Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 at a glance:

  • EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal and UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus & Manual Aperture Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9″
  • Included Petal-Shaped Lens Hood

Nortlight Images posted an interesting review about the Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon, a pretty interesting manual focus lens at an affordable price.

In the conclusion the reviewer writes:

From an image quality point of view I’ve very little to quibble about. The lens is robustly constructed and the addition of the padded bag for it most welcome.

The f/2.8 lens gives a nice bright image in my viewfinder, although manually stopping the lens down and not having any aperture information (Canon EF) may cause some difficulties if you are not used to manual lenses.

Going to f/5.6 was enough to sharpen up the edges of the frame a bit, and gives me so much depth of field that the only reason to check the focus settings was to make sure I’d not nudged the focus when changing aperture or vice versa. Read the review…

The review comes with a huge set of sample pictures.

The Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon is on sale at $399.95: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA.

Samyang will make auto-focus lenses for Canon mount, interview suggests

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Samyang AF 50mm for Sony FE mount

French photography site Focus Numerique interviewed Mr. Jeong Min Shin, head of product planning at Samyang. Korean manufacturer Samyang is now committed to produce AF lenses for Canon and Nikon mounts, Mr. Jeong Min Shin says:

We started the implementation of an autofocus optical FE [lens] and we are adapting to of other mounts, like Canon and Nikon. We also believe in Fujifilm and Micro 4/3, but these markets are not very important.

Until now Samyang makes two AF lenses, a 50mm f/1.4 and a 14mm f/2.8, both for the Sony FE mount. According to the interview, Samyang will adapt existing AF lenses for the Sony FE system to Canon and Nikon m0unts.

Samyang lenses are known for their very good optical performance and for the affordable price, with the compromise that you have to focus manually on a Canon DSLR.

[via Focus Numerique]