Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF lens review with samples

Here we are with Samyang’s first ever autofocus Canon mount lens! And it’s pretty neat.

Sorry I didn’t test it on APS-C – it was a mixture of camera problems, and just plain forgetting to do it. It’s really a lens for full-frame cameras, anyway.

All pictures taken by me on a Canon 6D and Sony a7r ii cameras.

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Comments

Michael Davleris says:

The contrast in f/2.8 is kinda bad i think(heavy ghosting), especially in the close up of the clock, the difference at f/4 is huge!
Is there any noticeable improvement in f/3.2 for example?
Thx for the review 😉

TeaRex says:

1 year warranty? Sort of tells me Samyang don’t have much faith in their product to last.

MrRapala91 says:

I was very excited when they announced this lens, but now that Sigma has confirmed that they are releasing a 14-24 F/2.8 lens I won’t be buying it.

BlueNeon81 says:

You should try Yongnuo 14mm f2.8

Arthur Brown PHOTOGRAPHY says:

Hmmm! Very nice. Certainly better than the Canon 14mm f2.8L II. I bought the Canon 14mm but I was so disappointed with the image quality at the edges, I sent it back. The addition of autofocus is nice but I am not sure it is that crucial on a super wide lens. I replaced my Canon 14mm with an Irix 15mm f2.4 Blackstone lens, which although only manual focus would seem to produce a better image quality than this Samyang. The lack of any provision for filters would be the crucial factor for me. Although I am not a great user of filters generally, I do tend to use ND filters or graduated filters on my Irix lens for time exposures or darkening blown out bright skies. Love your reviews.

ignasb says:

Great review! Please, make a video comparing these 14mm’s to the new Yongnuo 14mm f/2.8 that seems to be built to a better standard.

Connor Bramley says:

Hey Chris, I think the reason the lens performed so much worse on the Sony was because it was adapted, even though theres no optics in your adaptor wide angle lenses tend to struggle when there adapted because the wide cone of light can cause light to bounce around and soften the edges.
note: Tony Northrup demonstrated this in this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elMiEjlE_Bk&index=12&list=PLwIVS3_dKVptwehgeGp33K69dzq3dNq-o at 2:41

Joshua Eric Dandal says:

Hi Chris! Hope you can review the Yongnuo 14mm F2.8 UWA lens

K6III says:

Sounds like the thick filter stack on the Sony sensor.

Andrew Montague says:

£600 is a remarkable price for this.

Claude C says:

If you can’t use filters that for me eliminates it for landscape photography. Thanks for the review.

xMotivationFix says:

pls make a aps-c video when you get your aps-c working!

Fahad Murtaza says:

That guy on harpsichord; does he ever get tired 🙂

João Maria Vasconcelos Fontes de Barros Taveira says:

You should also test the new Yongnuo YN 14mm F2.8.

Trembich Moving Moments says:

I don’t like that it is a focus by wire otherwise it seems to be a very decent lens.

Quetzalcoalt says:

Can’t wait for the Sigma 14mm f1.8

Jeremy Red says:

available in emount?

Chen Saloner says:

Hi Chris, thanks for the review. From your testings, how does it stand against the XP 14mm f/2.4 MF version in terms of distortion?

shakalaka says:

U could have tried on a6300 for apsc test..

Idris Gameele says:

I got the Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 instead. It is a very nice lense.

AKlaas van Dalen says:

Very interesting the differences between a 20MP and a 42MP camera. This lens is not made for 42 MP?? How are the differences in the real world with prints on paper. I want to buy a Sony 7RIII. But I am still not convinced I really need that much pixels. I print aluminium dibond 60×60 cm. This lens is not the optimum on a Sony I think?

dopamining says:

Thanks for another fantastically informative review. It`s a shame there`s no aperture control – I would love this for my shift adaptor. The distortion of the manual focus 14 2.8 is getting really tedious.

mindprison88 says:

Pretty good lens, but it’s a shame that it’s focused by wire and doesn’t have any kind of focusing scale to show you when your focus is set to infinity, which would be of great use for astro photography and generally shooting in low light.

Milan Tesic says:

No filter on 14mm lens. It’s main use shoud be landscape photography.

Edward Philip María Nafzger says:

Hi nice review i hope they are going to make also an F mount version for Nikon .

Nikola Jovanovic says:

I believe that Sony FF doesn’t like wide glass for Canon FF. Do try Canon 24mm on Sony, corners should be softer on Sony… While Sony 24mm is just fine…

Jeff Fenske says:

I still think the church photos would look better in the 4:3 format, which could be done in *full field of view* if the Sony had a multi-aspect sensor, and if the lens shade was cut appropriately. | Also, I’ve seen that Photozone.de has also found that Canon’s 50MP 5DsR does more poorly in the corners in some very wide angle lenses, when wide open, than does Canon’s 21MP 5D2.

Isaac Chang says:

Again. Like I said before, there will be corner issues when you adapt lenses wider than 20mm to another system..

Preben Callesen says:

Great review Christopher. … can You please do a test on the Sony fe 85mm f1.8. ……..?

Yevgen Shramko says:

Hi Chris, Could you please review Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens if you have a chance. Thank you,

Psycho Nolifer says:

Review for addapter please

shakalaka says:

Awesome

Keemo Ricablanca says:

Been waiting for this review! Thank you!

Masticina Akicta says:

I like the effect, on full frame, nice wide and seemingly nothing to weird that you can’t fix.

And since it is samyang it wont cost $1500. I will put it on my shortlist. Than again, there are a few other lenses that also need to be bought. That samyang 50mm f1.4 looks juicy.

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