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Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical

6 October 2009
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Important! The review of improved vesion of this lens can be found here


Pros:

  • decent build quality,
  • very good image quality at the center of the frame,
  • good image quality at the edge of an APS-C/DX sensor,
  • very slight chromatic aberration, even on a full frame,
  • slight coma,
  • vignetting on a small sensor well-corrected,
  • good price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • mediocre image quality at the edge of a full frame,
  • complicated distortion at the edge of a full frame,
  • dreadful working against the bright light,
  • large vignetting on a full frame,
  • filter use impossible.

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The Korean manufacturer, Samyang, presented an interesting product again. If it cost as much as its cheapest rivals, so around 700 $, there would definitely be reasons to complain. With the price of 300 $ that we have to pay for Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 I’m ready to forgive its all but one faults. Working against the bright light should definitely be improved. I don’t know if it requires redesigning the built-in lens hood, the inner construction or improving the coatings. Something must be done about it, as burn flares don’t really look well in pictures, and the problem exists even when there’s no bright, point source of light in the frame and we’re taking a picture of a high-contrast scene.


Sample shots:

Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.37 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.13 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.73 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.94 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 13.34 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.88 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.77 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.35 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.09 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.66 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/80 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.52 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.5 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.06 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 8.72 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.11 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 7.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/80 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.17 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.6 MB
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.53 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/100 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.84 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 9.4 MB




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