Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC AS £330/$330

ex­tra-large view­ing an­gle, small price

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Two ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) and three high re­frac­tive el­e­ments in the op­ti­cal path aim to boost im­age qual­ity, while UMC (Ul­tra Multi Coat­ing) helps to min­imise ghost­ing and flare. Vi­gnetting is mi­nor, even at the widest aper­ture of f/2.8, but sharp­ness could be bet­ter and the ex­tra-wide view­ing an­gle comes with heavy bar­rel dis­tor­tion. This as­pher­i­cal (AS) Samyang lens has the out­right widest view­ing an­gle of any lens here, at 116 de­grees. It’s even worth con­sid­er­ing as a wide-an­gle prime on a DX for­mat cam­era, where the ef­fec­tive 21mm fo­cal length gives a still-gen­er­ous view­ing an­gle of 94 de­grees.

As with the other man­ual fo­cus lenses on test, the gen­er­ous ro­ta­tional travel of the fo­cus ring en­ables pre­cise ad­just­ments. Samyang has missed a trick, how­ever, by not adding depth-of-field mark­ings to the lens bar­rel.

The built-in hood shrouds the front el­e­ment, adding phys­i­cal pro­tec­tion, but it pre­cludes the easy at­tach­ment of any fil­ters. Per­for­mance

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