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Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon Review

Looking to find more information regarding the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon? Read our latest review to learn more about the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you. 

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon Overview

The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon is a camera lens for the Nikon mount. This lens has an aperture of f/2.8 and offers a focal length of 14mm, making it ideal for shooting in low light conditions and taking wide-angle shots with less distortion than other lenses that offer this range. The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon also features close focusing to 1 foot, which is great for getting up close and personal with your subjects without any need to use zoom!

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon Specifications

The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon was first announced on 08/01/2009 with a Nikon F FX mount type. Below is a summary of this len’s specifications: 

Indicative Price: $409

Focal Range: 14mm

Aperture: F/ 2.8

Filter Diameter (millimeters): /

Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 87

Number Of Lenses: 14

Length (millimeters): 93.6

AF Motor: None

Stabilization: None

Zoom Type: Ring

Tripod Mount: None

Colors Available: Black

Full-Time Manual Focus: Yes

Weight (grams): 530

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon Performance

When it comes to Samyang 14mm f/0.95 UMC Aspherical Canon performance, there are certain things you should know about this camera lens before making a purchase. In regards to sharpness, the Samyang 14mm is on par with most lenses of similar specs and offers excellent images from corner to corner. It also is a great lens for taking shots in dim lighting due to its wide aperture and Samyang 14mm UMC Aspherical Canon reviews rave about the colors, bokeh effect, and overall quality this camera lens provides.

Build and Handling Quality

Even though this lens is unassuming in appearance, the enormous glass front element is stunning. This lens boasts a solid weight for its size and feels wonderful in the hand thanks to that design feature.

The exterior barrel, with the exception of the aperture ring, is made of high-quality plastic. It’s also composed of plastic and has functioned well for me, but I’m not ready to give the aperture ring the “high quality” title yet. The rubber-coated focus ring consumes most of the lens barrel outside of the aperture ring. When mounting or unmounting your lens, you may discover that it is easier to grip it with the lens hood as much of the barrel rotates freely and the focus ring turns a large number of degrees.

Autofocus Performance

This is a manual focusing lens, and autofocus is unavailable. While MF-only streamlines a lens’s design and construction (and testing) process, it restricts its usefulness for some purposes. Although wider angle MF-only lenses are easier to use for focal length-related objectives than telephoto options because of the generally deep DOF, I have difficulty manually focusing this lens at f/2.8 at close distances using a viewfinder that lacks MF aids (particularly, a split prism).

The focus ring is smooth, very well-damped, and free of play. Focus distances on the focus ring (both ft and m) are marked. The MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) and most-infinite focusing distances are hard stops, making the focus setting marks repeatable. Subjects change in size gradually as they move down the focus length range; nevertheless, the focus ring must be rotated significantly to achieve a significant shift.

Sharpness

The Samyang 14mm lens is sharp at f/11, but lacks contrast. Some details are lost in the image because of this lack of contrast, especially noticeable on high-contrast subjects such as foliage against a bright sky. As with most Samyang lenses, Samyang offers manual focus only for their wide angle and ultra-wide range optics.

Distortions / Aberrations 

Linear distortion would be my response to you if you asked me what this lens’ most significant optical shortcoming is. If a straight line appears in the shot, it will usually not be straight (unless it runs directly through the middle of the frame). The mustache distortion, which forms a bulge in the middle of the frame, is rather substantial. APS-C sensor cameras are not immune to this problem and in certain pictures, there may be enough distortion to justify correcting.

Vignetting / Color Fringing

Vignetting is not a problem and there’s no need to correct color fringing at any aperture because Samyang lenses do not contain such aberration when used with high resolution sensors, even when wide open.

The Samyang 14mm UMC Aspherical Canon will produce distinctive effects under certain circumstances: stars over a dark foreground or twinkling lights against a black background are two examples. The Samyang has all these covered – both starry skies above and streetlights below look great! However, without autofocus, it does not do so well for other shots where the Samyang Aspherical Canon is used in different conditions.

Image Quality

Image sharpness is another crucial specification to consider when choosing lenses. The phrase “sharp” is usually used to characterize contrast and resolution. There’s seldom a time when I want something softer, and in those few situations, I can almost always achieve it by using an aperture narrow enough to exhibit diffraction.

The Samyang 14 is quite sharp in the center at f/2.8 and has excellent sharpness across the entire full frame sensor image circle at this wide open aperture, with only slight softness in the corners. The complete frame corners are just a little soft, but they’re still fantastic for a lens of this width. If sagittal (like bicycle spoke) and meridional (perpendicular to sagittal) lines were equally sharp, the corner outcomes would be incredible.

Bokeh

Bokeh is the Samyang 14mm’s strong suit: it has a very smooth and soft appearance. The Samyang lens only uses aspherical elements, which assist in controlling spherical aberrations. As such, bokeh isn’t one of those areas that Samyang lenses require upgrading for – this aspect meets or exceeds expectations at all focal lengths.

How Does The Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Performance and Image Quality: 7/10
  • Features: 7/10
  • Bokeh: 8/10
  • Build Quality: 8/10
  • AutoFocus Quality: 1/10
  • Handling: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon Pros and Cons

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding this lens. 

Pros: 

Cons: 

  • Sharpness can be inconsistent from shot to shot
  • Some corner softness
  • Focus distance scale is off at some distances

Conclusion

The Samyung 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC is a surprisingly nice lens. For an insanely low price of around $330, the Samyung 14mm lens delivers excellent sharpness, good chromatic aberration control, and sturdy build quality. Due to the lack of autofocus and a very wide depth of field, focusing the lens without using Live View is a little more difficult.

The Samyung is a somewhat unique lens in that it has a user-removable mount. This means you may theoretically switch between several systems without having to buy entirely new lenses, as long as the hardware is compatible. The overall construction quality and build seems to be quite good, though there are some minor issues with barrel distortion and corner softness. Given that the competing lenses cost around 5-9 times more and would require additional purchases if not for weather sealing or autofocus, the Samyung is a great deal for anyone looking to try out one of their lenses.

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