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Is the canon 14mm AF/2.8 worth it?

 
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May 19, 2018 19:56 |  #1

I'm looking to start doing landscapes AND maybe some crowded room shots. Is it worth the price tag? Annnnnnnnnd, GO!




  
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May 20, 2018 09:43 |  #2

Wow. I just looked it up, and for me the answer is NO. I'm sure it's a great lens, but for <$300 you can get the Rokinon/Samyang 14mm 2.8, and it's a very sharp lens. It doesn't have AF, but at that wide of a lens, everything more than a foot or two away is in focus at F8 anyway. 14mm is a very wide lens, and as much as I love it, it has limited use for landscapes. If you're willing to spend that kind of money, I think you'd be better off with a 16-35mm. It gives you a lot more versatility when shooting.


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May 20, 2018 10:11 as a reply to  @ paul3221's post |  #3

I agree with Paul...

Additionally, grabbing a UWA lens is a knee jerk reaction to selecting a lens for landscape shooting.

IMO, UWA lenses are specific tools and should not be used only to provide a wider angle of view. You need a prominent foreground image to effectively use a UWA lens in landscape shooting.

Otherwise, a pano that is shot with a longer focal length (especially with the camera in the vertical position) might be a better (and certainly less expensive) alternative...

BTW: you might look into the Tokina wide angle and UWA zoom lenses. They are built like tanks and provide very good image quality at a decent price point...


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May 20, 2018 10:19 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #4

Ok, so I've never shot with an UWA, but I have a few ideas for shots in crowded rooms, I can't imagine the manual focus would be any good for that? Thoughts?

If I was going to drop that kind of money, then I'd def want to use it on landscape and inside...not just one.




  
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May 21, 2018 08:33 |  #5

jhaywald wrote in post #18628987 (external link)
Ok, so I've never shot with an UWA, but I have a few ideas for shots in crowded rooms, I can't imagine the manual focus would be any good for that? Thoughts?

If I was going to drop that kind of money, then I'd def want to use it on landscape and inside...not just one.

On a lens that wide, I can't imagine you needing auto focus. Even at F2.8, you can focus at 7.6 ft, and everything from 3.9 ft to infinity will be in focus. If you move up a couple stops to F5.6, everything from 2.5 feet to infinity will be in focus. Basically you should be able to set it and forget it... ;-)a

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May 25, 2018 08:51 as a reply to  @ paul3221's post |  #6

love the 14mm Rokinon.

by pre-focusing to the needed zone, I've never felt hampered by the lack of AF. depth of field is very deep.

this same DOF allows shooting from the hip with a hulking dslr. without focusing or composing - takes practice - but shooting in a crowd becomes an optical adventure.

fun lens. again, love it.




  
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