Samyang 14mm f/2.8 (T3.1) lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

Here’s a lens that I’ve been asked to review many times, a lens that helped make Samyang famous. It’s a quarter of the price of Canon and Nikon’s alternative 14mm lenses. Does it live up to its reputation, and really hit the mark in image quality?

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Comments

César Castanedo says:

Do you recommend this lens for interior design photography?

CityBoy J says:

This or the 16mm??

funBichons says:

Can I use this lense to a Canon EOS M5 with adapter?

DasNiketin says:

When correcting distortion this heavy, you lose alot of image, right?

Mustafa Vajihi says:

best explanation evaaaaaaa!!!!

NetRAM says:

I wanted to know which lens should I go for. Rokinon 12mm f2.0, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, Rokinon 24mm f1.4? I am a beginner, I need your advice, I intend to do Astrophotography, waiting for your reply 🙂

asthrmyl says:

what’s the difference between that lens and the other samyang 2.8 14mm?

佐々木勇希 says:

Could you review “Tokina 16-28mm f2.8” ?

Mark Duffy says:

Your channel is easily the most important channel for me. Great continuity from video to video is great for me to compare lenses side by side from each of your videos… Thanks!

mackuss says:

Man I love your channel and I always go to your for photography choices – but your video is very bare minimum – if you’d like to comment about the video capabilities of a lens, you need to either tell people you are not a videographer, or show footage that is atleast post processed and color graded – to give people more of an idea of what a lens is actually capable of – in semi capable hands.

Your video is always cell phone quality.

Kurt Hunt says:

Any thoughts on the Samyang 14mm autofocus lens for Nikon?? A couple reviews on the Sony auto lens nothing on Nikon.

nikss sss says:

any help with filters for this lens??

ElementalFX says:

So is this lens the best lens for astrophotography and star-scape timelapses, as well as general landscape photography?

The lens I have, the kit 35-55mm, is too blurry for starscape photography (I think), and doesn’t capture a wide enough angle when I am up close to the mountains. Many times I hike right up to the base of large mountains and glaciers and can’t capture the entire image in one frame.

marramraabe says:

Thanks for the consistent and thorough effort with your reviews, Christopher. This is the second lens I’ve purchased after seeing what you had to say (the first was the Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS – love that lens) and I’ve really been enjoy the Samyang 14mm. You have also mentioned from time to time that people request certain lenses for review, and I have a couple for consideration: Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II, Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS Sport, and either the Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG OS Macro or the Sigma 150mm f2.8 EX DG OS Macro. I realize you can’t get to every request, and you need to do what keeps you interested as well, but I thought I’d at least put it out there. Thanks again and keep up the outstanding work!

leomatosuk says:

Hey guys! I have the Samyang 35mm cine, do ŷou think its worth to get this one too? Are there any great difference between both? Many thanks

Albert Yang says:

I use mine exclusively for architecture photography.. Vignetting and sharpness are not a problem at F5.6 and F8. Distortion is corrected automagically in Lightroom. Making this the perfect and cheapest way to get 14mm.

liviu says:

Hi Chris
Is there any difference between the one with golden rind and the one with red ring?
Cheers

Khlafo Kaiser says:

it can be use for portraits ? At f/2.8 for blurry background??

Bernd Lindemann says:

Hi Chris, always a pleasure to watch your vids! Now, quick question: for landscape pics on an APS-C camera, which lens do you think is sharper over the whole image frame, the Samy 14/2.8 or the 16/2.0?
As I already have the 8mm fisheye I don’t necessarily care about the 2mm difference (also got Tammy’s 10-24 and Sigma’s 17-50), so it is all about image quality all over the frame. From what I read, the 16 is a tad sharper in the center whereas the 14 is a touch better in the corners. Does this match your observations?
Thanks for your kind reply and greetings from Frankfurt/Germany!

Rudy Effendy says:

Hai chris which one good for full frame body 12mm or 14 mm??

max factor says:

Christopher, I want this for night stars. can it perform?

leno soldado says:

I have a full frame canon 6D, I want at the moment 3 lenses for video: 1 wide lens, 1 normal lens and 1 telephoto lens.

Wide: I would like a sharp and natural wide, for mountains and outdoors.. wich one ?
Normal: I have already have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Telephoto: wich one ?

keep in mind that I want a cheap as possible, and for full frame camera.

Questions
Can I use a Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens as Wide angle in a full frame ?

Do you recomend a
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III (fit in full frame 6D?)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
as telephoto ?

for video !

Mark Harris says:

I find myself using this lens, or the stills version, more and more with 35mm analogue and less with digital, somehow it seems more suited to Delta 100 as it “fits” better with the look of the film. When you first get it you use it at every opportunity for digital but then it seems to be in your bag and fewer opportunities to use it with ‘pure’ landscape photography. I find I use the 16-35 f4 much more and then usually at 18mm or narrower. However, with B&W film it’s not pure landscape and you’re not photographing big vistas with foreground interest, it’s more likely to be shots of much smaller areas where a lens this wide works.

Bradley Pence says:

which would you personally prefer? This or the Samyang 16mm 2.0?

mufflern says:

hey Christopher…I am a really beginner in photography. I have a nikon d3300 and I want to buy this lens. does these two work good together…I think my nikon has a “Formatfaktor” (Cropfactor) 1.5….what do u think?

Shih-Yu Lu says:

Is there a difference between this lens and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8?

David Glabais says:

So it’s likely more problematic to focus on this cine lens compared to the 14mm photography lens? Would the image quality, colour, contrast be the same on both lenses?

Ketchup Rod says:

by the way you give out great reviews, and looking forward to viewing all your other vids that I’ve missed out on.  may I subscribe ?  lol

The 2nd Degree Blerd says:

wait, were you also using a speedbooster?

marlies timmerman says:

Does it work on the canon eos 700d ??

Faggerest says:

you trade automation for a lower price and a sharp lense.

Ketchup Rod says:

thanks mate, this is a good brand for a price, I’m a beginner, but I think this will be my first wide angel lens

John Smith says:

Can distortion that severe be fixed, or at least mitigated, in lightroom?

Tom Hellier says:

Hi there. Im looking to get a fisheye lens soon. Im a little stuck as what to get as no one does a review for surf photography (that I can find) I have an Aquatech Housing and soon to have a dome port. (basically means I can take my 70D into the surf with out getting it wet.) I want to be shooting barrel shots and very close up shots of surfers but with a lot of background. Would this lens be the one? bearing in mind I will not be able to focus the lens when in my housing. So with a fisheye can you set it to focus on everything over 1 or 1/2 a meter away from me. I was looking at getting either the canon 15mm fisheye or the sigma 15mm fisheye. but after watching this review I’ve given it a second though. I over looked this lens as its a lot lot cheaper than the others and I’ve heard some of the samyang fisheyes aren’t good. My photos I will want to print and sell so need good image quality. If planning on selling my photos should I put more money into one of the more expencive fisheye lenes or will this work as good/maybe even better? Thank you in advance.

tom bergman says:

Is there a diference between the model with te red ring (as You have tested) and the gold ring?

biscuitsalive says:

I own this lens. It’s ok. I will keep it. But I wouldn’t rave about it as much as you.
It’s a bit “fuzzy” and the focus seems to not quite go to infinity.

Miggu Miggu says:

this 14mm or the 16mm? I own an aps-c camera.

John Adams says:

How about the new auto focus 14mm f2.8 E mount that Samyang released almost a year ago.

Island Skipper says:

I am looking for a wide angle lens to do landscape photography for under 300 USD. Would you recommend the Canon 10-18mm or this Samyang 14mm lens? BTW keep up the great work on these reviews!

Justin Cheung says:

is this on still good on 2017? I want to buy it for my 80D. or any better choice?

KUPAL 28 says:

after watching your review sir 2 hours ago, i order the lens by online 🙂 …. thanks for the info sir CHRIS

marlies timmerman says:

is the canon eos 700d a full frame camera? and if its not does this lens still works the same?

Chris Wilkinson says:

I received mine a couple of days ago – mounted on my Sony SLT-A57 its very sharp across the frame for me, so it seems I got a good one – whether it is sharp at the edges on full frame remains to be seen but on APS-C for me it works very well despite the loss of some outright width compared to full frame – I’m happy enough with the width, and will add a full frame body to the kit one day to make use of the full width. One thing took me a while to figure out, and that is the focus ring scale – from 0.28m to 0.35m it seems pretty accurate, but to get to actual infinity from 0.35m I only have to turn the ring to around the 0.7m mark – thats where actual infinity focus is! Any further than 1.0m on the ring and it starts to blur – at the infinity mark its a mush! Using the focus peaking on my Sony even doesn’t help that much unless I use digital zoom to hone in on the subject. I can live with the focus scale quirk now that I know where perfect infinity focus is – I cant live with the cloudy nights however, as I’ve not had a chance to shoot the night sky since I received the lens! 🙂

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