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p.1 #1 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


Samyang/Bower 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped

B&H Photo has temporarily lowered the price of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra-Wide-Angle full-frame lens for all mounts.
The sale price is $299.

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Utra Wide-Angle Lens

This is an exceptional lens, highly recommended for landscape photography. Check out some samples on this thread.

Lens details:
  • Fixed f/2.8 Aperture
  • 114 Angle of View
  • 14 Elements/12 Groups Construction
  • Two Aspherical & Two ED Lens Elements
  • Close Focusing Down to 11" (0.28 m)



Aug 20, 2013 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #2 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


a steal at that price, I got mine under the same deal last year

almost no CA, pretty sharp even at the edges on FF, mad sharp center frame (makes some L look soft )



Aug 20, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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p.1 #3 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


hmm. how is this lens for astrophotography?


Aug 20, 2013 at 08:43 PM
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p.1 #4 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


trueimage wrote:
hmm. how is this lens for astrophotography?


It's very good. Low coma even at f/2.8



Aug 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM
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p.1 #5 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


snapsy wrote:
It's very good. Low coma even at f/2.8


Cheers. You using it of a FF or crop?



Aug 20, 2013 at 08:53 PM
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p.1 #6 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


Any idea if you could fit an AF confirm chip on the back of it? Ive had the lens for 2 years now and I just thought about this idea, but the back of lens looks like it might not have enough room...

Anyone done this to get Exif data?



Aug 20, 2013 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


trueimage wrote:
hmm. how is this lens for astrophotography?


For astro, shooting wide-open, it's way better than the Canon 14mm f/2.8L copy I tried.
Great comma and astigmatism performance.



Aug 20, 2013 at 08:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


trueimage wrote:
Cheers. You using it of a FF or crop?


FF. Here are a few on the 5DM2:
Image 1
Image 2



Aug 20, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #9 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


Hmm it looks great, but i'm concerned about quality control. I'm in Canada so returning to B&H could get costly.


Aug 20, 2013 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #10 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


Got mine last week for about $340. Looking forward to creating a road trip timelapse with it soon. Feels decently built, too.


Aug 20, 2013 at 09:13 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


Is it true that the lens is "Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors"?


Aug 20, 2013 at 09:24 PM
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py2000 wrote:
Is it true that the lens is "Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors"?


Agreed. I thought this lens was for full-frame cameras. I thought Bower was the same as Rokinon
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/769532-REG/Rokinon_FE14M_C_14mm_Ultra_Wide_Angle_f_2_8.html



Aug 20, 2013 at 09:30 PM
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p.1 #13 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


WiLLGT09 wrote:
Agreed. I thought this lens was for full-frame cameras. I thought Bower was the same as Rokinon? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/769532-REG/Rokinon_FE14M_C_14mm_Ultra_Wide_Angle_f_2_8.html


Bower is the same as Rokinon (and samyang) and the lens works like a charm on my D800. Very sharp at f/5.6-f/8 and nothing even comes close for triple the price



Aug 20, 2013 at 09:44 PM
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p.1 #14 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


trueimage wrote:
Hmm it looks great, but i'm concerned about quality control. I'm in Canada so returning to B&H could get costly.


Yeah it took 4 copies before I found a decently centered copy.



Aug 20, 2013 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #15 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


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Yeah it took 4 copies before I found a decently centered copy.


There is one for sale locally - says it is unused. Easiest way to quickly test it out?



Aug 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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p.1 #16 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


trueimage wrote:
There is one for sale locally - says it is unused. Easiest way to quickly test it out?


I use an infinity target that fills both edges of the frame and compare. On all the bad copies I tried both edges were capable of sharp results but not at the same time, almost like asymmetric field curvature if such a thing exists (ie, if I focus using the left edge (or center) it was sharp but then the right edge was not and vice versa). Maybe that means it's the moveable focus element that had the issue. Not really sure.

Here's what one of the bad copies looked like, on a D800. It's apparent at f/2.8 and even at f/5.6. On this copy/focus sample the left center/upper edge is soft at the extreme edge of the frame at infinity.
D800 36MP Image f/2.8
D800 36MP Image f/5.6



Aug 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #17 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


py2000 wrote:
Is it true that the lens is "Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors"?


The above is an intriguing statement. The 14mm f/2.8 "Rokinon, Bower, Samyang" shows impressive edge resolution at all apertures on full frame. It's really a non-brainer for landscape or astro photography. The only downside is high distortion (which I think it was a design compromise for higher edge resolution and very low CA)
It also takes filters using the Fotodiox Wonderpana adapter, offered as a custom design for this specific lens.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1142973

Here is the direct link to the adapter:
http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/camera-photo-accessories.html?cat=114&wonderpana_lens=159



Aug 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #18 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


This is a side point to this price announcement, but why is a "fixed 2.8 aperture" a big deal? This isn't a zoom, it's a prime, and primes are never variable aperture. Plus, the aperture isn't fixed, it is constant like any other prime, and adjustable from f/2.8-22.

NIce to have the speed.





Aug 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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p.1 #19 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


I think the big deal is just a fast, sharp, wide prime for about 1/9 the price of Canon's offering. But yeah I don't get that "feature" listing.


Aug 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM
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p.1 #20 · Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for $299 shipped


py2000 wrote:
Is it true that the lens is "Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors"?


It's not impossible that it was optimized for APS-C, but if so, there's considerable "leakage" of excellence into larger formats.

It works just fine on the FF cameras that I attach it to, which are currently 1DX and 6D.



Aug 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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