Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Per­for­mance

£350, $400 With no aut­o­fo­cus fa­cil­ity this is def­i­nitely a ‘hands-on’ lens, but it’s a cool tool at the price

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This man­ual-fo­cus lens is avail­able in a wide range of mount op­tions but the Nikon edi­tion is the most so­phis­ti­cated. That’s be­cause only the Nikon ver­sion has builtin elec­tron­ics en­abling the lens to com­mu­ni­cate with the host cam­era. As such, you can set your re­quired aper­ture from the cam­era body, or use the lens in a full range of PASM shoot­ing modes, as well as view­ing aper­ture in­for­ma­tion in the viewfinder. Also, while there’s no aut­o­fo­cus fa­cil­ity, the fo­cusas­sist and fo­cus con­fir­ma­tion lamps are en­abled in the viewfinder, mak­ing man­ual fo­cus­ing easy and ef­fec­tive. All of these func­tions are un­avail­able in, for ex­am­ple, the Canon-fit edi­tion of the lens.

The for­ward sec­tion of the lens has a much larger di­am­e­ter than the rear sec­tion, and in­cludes a built-in lens hood. To en­able the use of fil­ters, Samyang has launched a new SFH-14 fil­ter holder as an op­tional ex­tra, along with spe­cially made fil­ters from Cokin. Build qual­ity is good over­all and the fo­cus ring has a very smooth, fluid feel to it. The long fo­cus travel en­ables very pre­cise and fine ad­just­ments. Out­right sharp­ness is dis­ap­point­ing at f/2.8 but good through the rest of the aper­ture range.

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