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Title: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Macadameane on October 31, 2011, 10:22:44 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Macadameane on November 15, 2011, 10:22:45 AM
Taken at 2.8.  I was pleased with the sharpness of the image

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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: branden on November 15, 2011, 12:08:45 PM
I can't help but notice that you're the only person who's contributed to this thread so far :D

How often do you pull the 14L out? I imagine a lens so wide is basically a specialty lens? Or am I off track?

Thanks
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Macadameane on November 15, 2011, 04:24:20 PM
Well, I have a 7D, so its not quite as specialized and I pull it out all the time.  Its a nice wide lens.  When I go full frame, that'll be the test.  I expect this lens to keep its value, so if it is too wide for me (or I have little use for it) I may sell it, but I expect that I will enjoy it then too.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Heidrun on November 15, 2011, 05:59:52 PM
I want this lens. Im saving for this one . Gonna do some footballground pictures with it. The pictures that i take when im at the stadium. And offcource it must be Elland Road at Leeds United that im taking pictures of
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Caps18 on November 15, 2011, 06:00:00 PM
The first picture is a great shot.

On a 7D, it would be the same as shooting with a 22 or 23mm lens on the full frame camera.  And I would agree that it looks like what I would see with my 16-35mm on the 5Dm2.

I still use 16mm on the Full Frame camera, and sometimes wish for more on the low end.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: handsomerob on November 15, 2011, 06:55:11 PM
nice shots. very nice lens indeed, wish it was cheaper...  :'(
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Viggo on November 15, 2011, 07:50:28 PM
I had the 14 for a couple of years, had fun with it on FF, for the shots you need as wide as possible, it's a great choice.. color rendition is some of the best I've seen from Canon. But I will totally recommend what I traded it for instead, the TS 17 L.. @ thought the converging lines of the 14 made it very limited, point it up or down and you'll see... I initially thought the 17 was too specialized, but nothing can be further from the truth, it is extremely easy to use, an endless list of creative possibilities, and crazy IQ. It might be half as fast at f4 and no filters or AF or weathersealing, but that doesn't matter when you start using it. The 14 is weathersealed, but you still can't use it in the rain, that front element is a magnet for droplets.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TCampbell on December 09, 2011, 11:43:08 PM
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Reflect (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thevirtualtim/6275002042/) by Tim Campbell1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/thevirtualtim/), on Flickr

This looks like a lake, but it actually is a pond and not particularly large.  The 14mm perspective makes it looks like a long swim to the other side.

EXIF data is available when viewed at Flickr.  This was shot with a full frame body (5D mk II).
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TCampbell on December 09, 2011, 11:44:36 PM
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Martha-Mary Chapel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thevirtualtim/6227855489/) by Tim Campbell1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/thevirtualtim/), on Flickr

The low angle causes the steeple to lean away.  The lens is inches above the grass for this shot. 

EXIF data is available when viewed at Flickr.  This was shot with a full-frame body (5D mk II).
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: acoll123 on December 14, 2011, 09:23:34 PM
I am thinking about selling my 16-35 II to get the 14 II. I queried Aperture and 90% of my shots with the 16-35 were at 16 on my 5DmkII. I have also read that the 14 will have less distortion at the edges than the 16-35 which is something that always bothered me about the 16-35.
Anyone else make the choice between the 14 and the 16-35?
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: DJL329 on December 15, 2011, 12:24:11 AM
I am thinking about selling my 16-35 II to get the 14 II. I queried Aperture and 90% of my shots with the 16-35 were at 16 on my 5DmkII. I have also read that the 14 will have less distortion at the edges than the 16-35 which is something that always bothered me about the 16-35.
Anyone else make the choice between the 14 and the 16-35?

IMO, if you are using the 16-35mm to shoot landscapes, then you do not want to replace it with the 14mm.

I have the 14mm f/2.8 Mark I.  It is a different beast than other ultra-wide angle lenses, as it is rectilinear: it forces straight lines to remain straight.  However, due to the extreme wide angle, parallel lines seem to merge off in the distance, and things off in the distance become very small.  It is great for making an interior seem huge (real estate agents use for that purpose!) or getting up close to something to distort the perspective.  Also, since the 14mm has a convex lens, you cannot put a filter on it.


Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on December 27, 2011, 12:02:05 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 12:19:51 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on January 02, 2012, 01:53:44 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on January 09, 2012, 04:33:33 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Macadameane on January 09, 2012, 02:04:55 PM
Gotta love how the forward pots (which are very close to the camera) look as if you are pointing down and the rear ones are at a more normal perspective.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on February 14, 2012, 06:19:02 AM
Thanks!

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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: AmbientLight on February 16, 2012, 06:38:38 PM
Castle Chillon in Switzerland
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Bruce Photography on February 16, 2012, 07:17:21 PM
I am thinking about selling my 16-35 II to get the 14 II. I queried Aperture and 90% of my shots with the 16-35 were at 16 on my 5DmkII. I have also read that the 14 will have less distortion at the edges than the 16-35 which is something that always bothered me about the 16-35.
Anyone else make the choice between the 14 and the 16-35?

I have both the 14 II and the 16-35 II as well as the 17mm TSE.  As stated elsewhere in the forum, I love the 17 TSE.  For this type of landscape work I only use my 5D MK2.  I have some real questions about the 14mm.  I had to send the first one back because the focus was way wrong.  In addition the blue fringing was about as bad as I have ever seen on any lens.  The second copy had better focus but I had to enable the CA correction to 187 and also a +4 on the blue/green fringe manual correction on CS5 Adobe Raw and still I had blue fringe in the vertical direction that I could not correct - see upper branches on tree on right side.  Perhaps I find a use for it someday, but it will not be on wide landscapes on bright days.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on March 01, 2012, 11:47:35 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on March 18, 2012, 12:00:29 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Mencho(22) on March 18, 2012, 02:15:28 PM
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On an EOS 7D
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: dolina on March 28, 2012, 05:51:57 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: NWPhil on April 01, 2012, 12:43:35 AM
Still don't understand why Photozone gives thsi lens a low(er) rating....
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Cali_PH on April 01, 2012, 12:50:18 PM
Nice shots everyone!  I think this lens is going on my list.
Title: Canon EF-14mm f/2.8 L
Post by: Drizzt321 on April 21, 2012, 05:38:32 PM
So I'm renting the EF-14mm f/2.8L for the weekend, maybe a bit longer. Going to be shooting at The Viper Room on Sunday night, but I was just out for a few minutes trying out the lens, heading out to test some more. This is a very, very wide lens, has some interesting stuff going on. First time posting images to the forum, so if it's crap or weird, sorry about that.

Just posting a few sample shots, full EXIF is in the images, but briefly:

5d3, processed in LR 4.1rc, NR at 18 (part of my default import), default LR sharpening (25, 1.0, 25, 0), WB at As Shot. To compare the LR corrected/uncorrected I simply checked the check box under Lens Correction, but I left the Remove CA box checked.

First image:
1/160, f/3.5, ISO 100

Second Image:
1/250, f/5, ISO 100
Title: Re: Canon EF-14mm f/2.8 L
Post by: Seanlucky on April 21, 2012, 06:49:45 PM
Also a big fan of this lens! Though I've only used the Mark II.
Title: Re: Canon EF-14mm f/2.8 L
Post by: Drizzt321 on April 21, 2012, 10:48:01 PM
Yea, this is the mark2 that I rented. Here's a few more I shot this afternoon. This lens is really growing on me, even more than the 24 f/1.4 L. Definitely more challenging to use though.

1st one, despite LR correction, shows how you need to be careful of where you put people in the frame, and how they are angled across the frame.

2nd one is kinda an example of how to almost get some selective focus (sorta). If you get really close with this lens, you can get the good DoF, and when you have something that moves across that from the edges lets you do some cool stuff.

3rd is a pretty fun shot of a skateboarder flying over the railing. Now I just gotta find a skater I can trust and get really close to where he's doing tricks to get some crazy shots.

4th I processed the heck out of in LR, but thought it was still interested. The vignetting you sorta can see (if you look at it right) was not added in post, I just didn't do the lens correction. I tried a post-crop vignette, but just didn't come out the same.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Mencho(22) on May 29, 2012, 09:55:02 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Macadameane on August 01, 2012, 04:27:47 PM
Shot with the 14 mm in Memphis, TN
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TommyLee on November 17, 2012, 04:25:04 PM
have the 16-35 II and 5D3...
as others say most shots were on 16mm..
so I knew I wanted 14mm

got the 14mm II
love it

some Portland shots a few days ago
just snapshots...
I can spend the day with JUST this lens in a city

small, compact, sharp, low distortion, good colors...a little CA... needs correction OVER the 16-35 II

Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TommyLee on November 17, 2012, 04:44:43 PM
these are the first few shots from the lens...
and with my new 5D III too...
one of my favs
only the 100L macro gets as much attention from me..
I take them both for a walk ...wide....long/close...what else do I need

well the 14L and 85L II in the morning's first sun...
are another pair that seems made in heaven

I sure like some of the new lenses from Canon in the past few years...
the 70-200 II ... is amazing....       the 24-70 ...pretty good
100L macro  wonderful with I.S.

Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 29, 2012, 01:02:56 AM
TommyLee,
Your photos make me want to sell my 16-35 II and get the 14L II......most of my landscape shots are at 16mm
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TommyLee on December 29, 2012, 11:09:53 AM
Dylan ... thanks for kind comment

I still have my 16-35 II...but I have to drum-up a reason to use it now...

for me...my kit changed with this 14 II lens...I love it.....still learning too
I use the 14 II   more than my macro now.. had the orig 100 macro... swapped for 100L macro..
and that was what I did most...

now I go for walks with
14 II (whole cities, bridges, crowds, etc)
and macro.... portraits, bugs, long candids

prime-wise I will use :  14 II, 35L II (coming soon) then  ...... THEN either 85L II, 100macro or 135 f2
I don't use a 50 .....
a travel mix will be :  14 II, 24-105, 135 f2 (w/tam spPro 1.4x = 189mm)
or
14 II, 24-70 II, 135 f2 ....this sort of thing...
the problem is the 24-70 I bought was not so good @ 70mm ...so I returned it

I just sold my 35L ..and will get the 35L II ...or..... 24-70 II
but my point is the 16-35 II has to go........the 14 II extended the kit wider and better...

just how I see things... but 16-35 II was a very good lens for me..

and I rented the 14 II ...two or three times...I forgot ...
and I like the small size ...against the never-fits-anywhere 16-35 with hood...

smaller, wider, better .... more $$ whoops!

I could see a complete kit with 14 II,  24-70 (if they give me a good one) and 100L macro...
maybe I'll keep the 70-200 II...... likely sell the 85L II .... not as used anymore

I need a smaller lens set.... tried a lot...all good

maybe add the samyang 24 TSE as a fun if it is good... and cheap






Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 29, 2012, 04:51:59 PM
TommyLee,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on 14L II. I feel like if we can frame our photos correctly, the 14mm could provide 3D look.

I'll have to add this lens or rumor 14-24 on my purchase list for next year.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TommyLee on December 29, 2012, 07:01:37 PM
yes Dylan...
I will need  some more restraint on my perspectives on the 14L II...or.....a 14mm TSE ....ha!

see you on the 14L II  or that  14-24 in March

LATER
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: crasher8 on December 29, 2012, 08:03:38 PM
I'll be making a major UWA purchase this spring and the 14 is on the list but behind the 17TS-E. Since I already do a considerable amount of Lensbaby Composer work I thought the TS would be a natural for me. It has a steep learning curve for most but I think I might have a head start. I know, different beasts but there are similarities.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on December 31, 2012, 05:09:54 PM
I'll be making a major UWA purchase this spring and the 14 is on the list but behind the 17TS-E. Since I already do a considerable amount of Lensbaby Composer work I thought the TS would be a natural for me. It has a steep learning curve for most but I think I might have a head start. I know, different beasts but there are similarities.

+1.  And plus, you can use the TS lens as a normal 17mm lens if you wanted anyways.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: AmbientLight on January 07, 2013, 07:09:58 PM
These shots are from a trip to Venice. Here I have used the 14mm prime with a 7D.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: AmbientLight on January 07, 2013, 07:16:31 PM
These are some views of Swiss passes, the first being from Grimsel, the second from St. Gotthard.
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: Axilrod on January 30, 2013, 10:55:46 AM
Some excellent samples here.  I love the 14LII, so sharp and it produces beautiful colors and has such a dramatic perspective.  I was lucky enough to get mine for less than I paid for my 16-35II (used!).
Title: Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Post by: TommyLee on February 26, 2013, 01:26:59 PM
AmbientLight

Love you venice shot..
I could spend my days ...with a glass of wine watching the boats go by..

that night shot looks fun

you have some nice 14mm shots ...thanks for sharing them

TOM