Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8

Here’s our concise review of the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime lens…

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8

Samyang’s ultra wide-angle 14mm f/2.8 is the first of the company’s autofocus line-up to hit Canon’s EF mount, as well as being available for Sony’s E-mount models. When used with APS-C sensors, you get a touch over 22mm, which is still an ideal length for landscapes.

The construction is excellent, feeling rugged and robust, featuring an external MF/AF switch, and 15 elements in ten groups, which includes three aspherical elements, as well as UMC coating, which reduces flare and ghosting.

Sharpness here is very good in the centre of the frame, even at f/2.8. The corners, while not quite as sharp when wide-open, catch up noticeably by the time you hit f/4. There is some barrel distortion here, which is common among ultra wide-angles, though this can be addressed in post-processing if needed. Unfortunately, a protruding front element means it won’t accept ND filters. This could be a deal breaker for long-exposure fans.

Find out more at the Samyang website.

Pros
Weather-sealed
Rugged build
Sharp optics

Cons
Slight barrel distortion
No filter thread
No IS

Spec
Max aperture: f/2.8
Min aperture: f/22
Min focus: 20cm
Elements/groups: 15/10
DxL: 91x96mm
Weight: 536g