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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2013, 08:02:20 PM »
I also have the Canon 16-35L, but prefer the Samyang @ 14mm over the Canon @ 16mm. If you want a UWA lens i would definitly recommend it. I like your photos Dustin, and thanks for the info on the dandelion chip wickedwombat. I will have to check that out.

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I was considering 16-35L before I purchased Samyang.  Thus, I borrowed my friend's 16-35L and bought my Samyang 14mm to play around together for two weeks.  I prefer use 14mm + 24-70mm than 16-35mm + 24-70mm.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2013, 08:02:20 PM »

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2013, 08:59:32 AM »
This lens is so awesome for nightscapes!


Leaning into the Milky Way by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Single exposure, using ambient light to paint the foreground building.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2013, 12:32:28 AM »
Nice review Dustin (yet again)

Also I have the 8mm samyang which i use on my eos m, for the $200 or so it cost its an amazing lens
I put the dandelion chip on mine and programmed it using a 5D so it reports correct EXIF and has AF confirm and displays the wide open aperture rather than 00
I highly recommend putting one on they are about $20 off ebay just make sure you get the proper one from europe not the chinese copies

Thank you.  How does the size compare between the two lenses?  The 14mm is still a pretty compelling option on the M, but is a bit bulky.  Once I get my own copy I will be putting the chip on the 14mm.  Thanks for the tip regarding the source - that is a valuable bit of information.

Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.

wickidwombat, could you please provide more information on the autofocus confirmation chip you mentioned? I tried to find the European version you mentioned on eBay, but could not do so. Also, do you know if the AF chip will work on a 6D? Not having an AF confirmation chip is certainly not a deal breaker, but it is something I'd consider getting if it would work on a 6D. 

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2013, 08:38:56 AM »
Nice review Dustin (yet again)

Also I have the 8mm samyang which i use on my eos m, for the $200 or so it cost its an amazing lens
I put the dandelion chip on mine and programmed it using a 5D so it reports correct EXIF and has AF confirm and displays the wide open aperture rather than 00
I highly recommend putting one on they are about $20 off ebay just make sure you get the proper one from europe not the chinese copies


Thank you.  How does the size compare between the two lenses?  The 14mm is still a pretty compelling option on the M, but is a bit bulky.  Once I get my own copy I will be putting the chip on the 14mm.  Thanks for the tip regarding the source - that is a valuable bit of information.


Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.

wickidwombat, could you please provide more information on the autofocus confirmation chip you mentioned? I tried to find the European version you mentioned on eBay, but could not do so. Also, do you know if the AF chip will work on a 6D? Not having an AF confirmation chip is certainly not a deal breaker, but it is something I'd consider getting if it would work on a 6D.


Thanks for the nice feedback.  The extremely low price of the lens certainly helps some of its liabilities to become much more palatable!  Here's yet another recent shot taken with the lens.  This has had a fair bit of processing because I was trying to achieve a certain mood/look, but it is also easy to see the underlying sharpness and color:


Autumn Canvas by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2013, 09:10:53 AM »
Here's a different kind of shot from the Rokinon:


Stop on Red by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2013, 09:12:13 AM »
P.S.  To do long exposure shots with the Rokinon you have to be a little more creative, as just slapping a heavy ND filter on the front doesn't work.  You have to pick the right lighting times and do things like stopping down and going to ISO 50.  At the right times of day this isn't a problem.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #36 on: October 09, 2013, 04:09:28 PM »
P.S.  To do long exposure shots with the Rokinon you have to be a little more creative, as just slapping a heavy ND filter on the front doesn't work.  You have to pick the right lighting times and do things like stopping down and going to ISO 50.  At the right times of day this isn't a problem.

Can you explain more about your comment.  ND filter, low ISO, and smallest aperture for long exposure are common for me.  Is this lens different with others?
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #37 on: October 09, 2013, 06:03:54 PM »
P.S.  To do long exposure shots with the Rokinon you have to be a little more creative, as just slapping a heavy ND filter on the front doesn't work.  You have to pick the right lighting times and do things like stopping down and going to ISO 50.  At the right times of day this isn't a problem.

Can you explain more about your comment.  ND filter, low ISO, and smallest aperture for long exposure are common for me.  Is this lens different with others?

I have ND1000 (10 stop) and ND64 (6 stop) and ND8 (3 stop) ND filters that I would typically use in the field when doing long exposure shots, but that isn't an option here because there is no real way to use filters on this lens because of the front element.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #38 on: October 09, 2013, 07:39:46 PM »
You actually could use gel filters placed in the rear element. I've made some myself using magnetic strips cut out to fit in the rear mount. Purchased the gel sheets – Lee Filters Gel Sheet 210 0.6 Neutral Density (2 Stops) and Gel Sheet 299 1.2 ND (4 Stops) – from filmtools.com and glued onto each circular magnets. But in my opinion, the 14mm doesn't need any filters at all as it's so sharp and captures light and color really well without it.

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2013, 07:43:25 PM »
You actually could use gel filters placed in the rear element. I've made some myself using magnetic strips cut out to fit in the rear mount. Purchased the gel sheets – Lee Filters Gel Sheet 210 0.6 Neutral Density (2 Stops) and Gel Sheet 299 1.2 ND (4 Stops) – from filmtools.com and glued onto each circular magnets. But in my opinion, the 14mm doesn't need any filters at all as it's so sharp and captures light and color really well without it.

That's a very interesting solution.  Where did you buy your Gel Sheets from?
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #40 on: October 09, 2013, 08:01:10 PM »
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That's a very interesting solution.  Where did you buy your Gel Sheets from?


A whole assortment here Dustin:
http://www.filmtools.com/leefilters.html

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #41 on: October 10, 2013, 09:07:53 AM »
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That's a very interesting solution.  Where did you buy your Gel Sheets from?


A whole assortment here Dustin:
http://www.filmtools.com/leefilters.html


Thanks.  I will actually give that a try.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2013, 09:27:38 AM »
Here is another beauty from the Rokinon.  I actually have cropped in at least 50% here to get the framing I wanted, but the extremely high resolution from the lens makes this a very easy proposition - which does help alleviate the loss of flexibility of shooting with a prime rather than a zoom.


Morning's Shroud by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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« Reply #43 on: October 14, 2013, 06:26:19 AM »
Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.


+1. I'm in the same situation.  I've been considering a UWA lens for some time, but none of the Canon options looked that good.  Since UWA will be a speciality lens for me, and not used that often, I really didn't want to invest a lot of money on one either.  The Rokinon 14mm looks like the nearly perfect solution for me.

Excellent review and pictures once again Dustin!
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #44 on: October 14, 2013, 08:48:17 AM »
Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.


+1. I'm in the same situation.  I've been considering a UWA lens for some time, but none of the Canon options looked that good.  Since UWA will be a speciality lens for me, and not used that often, I really didn't want to invest a lot of money on one either.  The Rokinon 14mm looks like the nearly perfect solution for me.

Excellent review and pictures once again Dustin!

Thank you.  That was obviously the conclusion I also came to.  Considering the "specialty" nature of the lens, the value represented by the Rokinon option is very compelling.  I'm actually selling my 17-40L and will put the money towards not only the Rokinon but also to pick up the newly reduced price Canon 35mm f/2 IS
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
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