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Lens review

2010-04-20
 

Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

11. Summary

Pros:
  • decent build quality,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality at the edge of an APS-C/DX sensor,
  • fully acceptable image resolution at the edge of full frame,
  • chromatic aberration medium at most,
  • well-corrected coma,
  • properly corrected vignetting on a small sensor,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • excellent price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • high and complicated distortion,
  • significant vignetting on full frame,
  • you can’t use any filters.

What could be written here? To tell you the truth I would recommend even the previous version of the Samyang 2.8/14 without scruple. The improved model, although a bit more expensive, has really much more to offer. It’s enough to say that it definitely surpasses in image sharpness the expensive, professional Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 set at 14 mm and also it corrects most of optical aberrations better than that lens.

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The only problem which not only remained but also deteriorated is the level of distortion. The distortion is really high but it won’t be equally bothersome to everyone. There are fields of photography where we will have to correct it and a limited field of view will be the price we must pay. Fortunately we will have plenty of material to be cropped because 114-degree fields on full frame cameras and 88-degree fields on DX are quite huge.


Sample shots

Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/50 s, ISO 800
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.39 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/30 s, ISO 800
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.19 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 800
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.66 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.98 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.11 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.04 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.94 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.76 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.87 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.28 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.11 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.36 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.66 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.29 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.81 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.65 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.04 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.46 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.08 MB

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