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Rokinon FE14M-E 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens for Sony E-mount and Fixed Lens for Other Cameras
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- Ultra-wide angle of view on both full frame and APS-C cameras
- Excellent construction and superior build quality for razor sharp images
- Features built-in petal type hood, Focal Length :14mm
- Minimum focusing distance of only 0.9 ft, Lens not zoomable
- Super multi-layer coating to reduce flares and ghost images
- Aspherical lens elements improve peripheral image quality
- Circular diaphragm (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||Built-in petal-type hood|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.43 x 3.78 inches|
|Item Weight||1.22 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||_|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
|Style Name||Sony E-mount|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Other||Other||Other||Sony Alpha||Other||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.78 x 3.43 in||2.8 x 2.3 x 2.8 in||3.2 x 4.2 x 3.2 in||3 x 2.9 x 3 in||3.3 x 4.5 x 3.3 in||3.43 x 3.78 x 3.43 in|
|Item Weight||1.22 lbs||7.52 ounces||1.2 lbs||1.16 lbs||1.3 lbs||1.22 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Fixed||Fixed||Fisheye||Wide-angle||wide-angle-prime|
|Maximum Focal Length||14 millimeters||12||14 millimeters||12||24||14 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 millimeters||12||14 millimeters||12||24||14 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||—||67 millimeters||—||—||—||—|
The NEW ROKINON 14mm Ultra-Wide Angle F/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens is the highest quality affordably priced 14mm lens on the market. It is designed for full frame cameras and is fully compatible with APS-C cameras as well. The lens construction is 14 elements in 12 groups and features 2 ED lens elements, one hybrid and one glass aspherical lens element. All of these lens elements combine to minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations. The lens features a remarkable 115.7 Degree angle of view on full-frame cameras and a 93.9 Degree angle of view on APS-C cameras. This fantastic lens is now available for Mirrorless camera bodies including: Sony E-mount (NEX), Micro four-thirds, and Fuji X.
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This lens exhibits what has been defined as a "mustache-like" distortion. Although it may not be noticeable in landscape or nature shots, it will definitely show up in architecture photos (or basically any scene with prominent vertical/horizontal lines). At first I thought it was a deal-breaker, but I then found out this can be easily corrected in Lightroom. You just need the correct *Lens Profile*.
I spent several hours researching on the subject and testing profiles available for download in photography forums and blogs. However, I found out that most of these profiles over corrected the lens distortion and some others basically made it worse. I ended up modifying the best one I found for an equivalent lens (you can find more info in http://bit.ly/1Insyfb , or just look for it in movingelectrons.net).
An important thing that should be noted is that the version for the Sony A7 (FE mount) does not match the picture in the item description. I have included a picture of the actual lens next to the Sony A7 for comparison.
This is a great lens that produces an outstanding image quality at a excellent price. If you don't mind the manual operation, it's one of the best options out there. I'm Knocking one star off because of its relative large size (with respect to their Canon mount option), the distortion and the fact that no EXIF information is passed to the camera.
The focus ring does make the manual-only aspect a little tricky though. It turns more than 180* around the barrel, and due to the nature of wide angles in general, it can be very hard to tell precisely where your focus point is - even with focus peaking on. Best bet is to use the zoom magnification. [Without the magnifier] I had some trouble getting my whole scene in focus due to not knowing exactly where my sharpest point was - even at F11 to get the sun points a tree about 6' away was blurry. Even though that tree was also not to the extreme side of the frame it still had quite a bit of distortion. That's the other weak point of this lens - the corner distortion and lack of detail. With the right lens correction it's definitely better, but it still makes the entire frame difficult to use in most applications. Adobe Bridge has Rokinon lens profiles, some of which help get rid of the mild fish-eye effect in the center of the frame, while some de-skew the corners and bring them back to a usable status. I have yet to find the magic cure-all for both. I think the Rokinon 12mm/16mm and a few longer-lens Canon profiles had the best middle-ground of both.
Now don't get me wrong, as much as I painted a negative tone for this wide of an angled lens, it does still manage to give some really cool shots! One of my first real compositions [as opposed to just shooting for the novelty of the wide angle] with this lens came out fantastic and gave a lot of cloud movement to the scene. I'll try to find the picture and post it as example. But with the right angle and the right subject matter this is still a very handy lens that can get some fantastic images! If you're looking for a natural-feeling scene that needs a lot of area covered, shooting from eye-level or slightly higher is your best bet for the least amount of distortion. A good rule is also to have your foreground subject be at least 6' [if not 8'] away to avoid too much distortion that you may or may not be able to recover.
In the end, despite all my cons listed above, this is still a really good lens that can let you capture some great composure's - it's all just based on how you use it! :)