vaflower wrote in post #15281249
I just took some first shots with the Rokinon 14 2.8 (Samyang) and just can't believe what I saw. The images are just simply bight, sharp and brilliant. These are like some first images when I looked at Zeiss 21 glass outputs. Astonishing for such a no name, fourth party glass manufacturer.
Okie, I had a real reluctance when I bought it on the Groupon deal the other day since 14mm is such a specialty focal length, but this is amazing. I heard that UWA is avery difficult beast to produce. Really ? if Samyang can manage to do this, why Canon can't ? and even Nikon ?
This beast has a huge distortion and I need some more shooting with it in the field. But if this performance holds,I would highly recommend this Samyang for any serious landscape photographer.
Canon and Nikon can do it.
Canon has a similar 14mm prime. Some say it's not quite as sharp as the Samyang. But it has auto focus and less distortion. But it costs much, much more. It costs so much more because Canon thinks they can get away with it.
Nikon has an older 14mm prime but it isn't the best and no one buys it anymore. They do however have a 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom. It's about as good at 14mm as the Samyang prime, and I believe it actually costs slightly less than the Canon prime. Go figure. It's really just Canon who is lacking.
Then again, Canon has that neat 8-15mm fish eye zoom, if you are into such things.
I'd be willing to bet that Canon could sell the 14mm L for well under $1,000 and still make a large profit margin. I could be wrong, though.
Oh, and shhhh, this will probably be disputed, but a good copy of the sigma 12-24mm II at 14mm is very, very, good at f/8. It's not really comparable though it's not 2.8.