Test: Einzeltest: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC Lens
Pros: + Extremely inexpensive
+ Excellent sharpness in the centre at f/2.8 and across the frame when stopped down to f/5.6 or beyond
+ Good build
+ Relatively lightweight
+ Extremely low CA levels
Cons: - Wavy distortion
- Falloff of illumination towards the corners
- No hyperfocal scale or hard infinity stop
Although this basic lens may not be for everyone, those looking for an ultra-wide lens, which is capable of delivering excellent quality when used within its limitations can´t go far wrong with this 14mm from Samyang.
Centre sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture, and the quality towards the edges of the frame improves to excellent levels with the lens stopped down to f/5.6 or beyond. Discerning photographers may find the wavy distortion and pronounced falloff of illumination towards the corners off-putting, but those on a budget should be delighted with the quality of images this lens can deliver, for a bargain basement price.