Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 USM L II - Full Format Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Sample Images

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/60s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/100s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/6400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/6400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/10.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/8000s

Verdict

The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 USM L II is an impressive lens both in terms of optical performance as well as mechanical quality. It provides an exceedingly sharp center resolution combined with very good borders/corners all the way up to f/11. A highlight is the moderate amount of barrel distortion which stands out compared to zoom lenses such as the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L II. Typical for such ultra-wide lenses there's some light fall-off at f/2.8 and, to a lesser degree, at f/4 but the problem is comparatively well controlled for a lens in this class. A rather obvious weakness is the high amount of lateral CAs at the image borders. The large bulb-like front element is also somewhat prone to producing ghostings from strong peripheral light sources - this is, of course, nothing unusual but it seems as if the lens has slightly more problems here than most. It may not be a primary aspect but the quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is on the rough side. However, this is, again, rather typical for such lenses (with multiple aspherical elements). The biggest problem of the Canon lens is not the lack of quality but its extremely high price of > 2000EUR/US$.

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