Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical - APS-C Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

Ok, finally here're some sample images taken with the EOS 50D and converted via Canon DPP. Please note that we did NOT apply any image corrections here. The lens does not supply EXIF data.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/640s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/8000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure 1/100s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 50D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED Aspherical UMC is a very affordable lens yet performing up there with the very best big boys. Its primary strength is an extremely high resolution across the image frame combined with low CAs. There's a tiny bit of field curvature but it's really not overly field relevant. The quality of the bokeh is also very decent for a lens in this class. The huge bulk-like front element can produce flare problems but we've seen a similar behavior with competing lenses including the all-mighty Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 ED. The biggest weakness of the Samyang is the rather extreme amount of complex barrel distortion. The vignetting is very pronounced at f/2.8 but not overly disturbing anymore from f/4 onwards. Our sample had a rather strange focus characteristic but once we were aware of the infinity focus setting (see the introduction) the real world results matched our lab findings.

The mechanical quality of the Samyang lens is surprisingly high. Most of the main body is made of metal whereas you can feel the cost cutting measurements in the plastic parts (front cap) but even so the quality is very decent. To date Samyang lenses are purely mechanical beings - there's no electronic coupling whatsoever. The EOS version does not provide AF nor an electronically controlled aperture so the compatibility is limited to the camera mount. This may be something to get used to but it's probably an acceptable compromise regarding the fantastic value of the lens.

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