Samyang 14mm for Nikon review

One of the most useful lens out there on the market is the Samyang 14mm (2.8). The Koreans have really given us a useful offering at a great price. I have used it on Nikon as well as Sony E-Mount before I sold my mirrorless camera. It is a great lens and probably the best landscape offering for the average photographer.

There are some better lens out there at this focal range but they are all over $2,500 or more. That is out of reach for most photographers. Samyang 14mm is currently about $300 on the used market. That is something anyone can save up for.

Samyang 14 specs

What I like about Samyang 14mm?

I have always loved the Samyang lenses. They are very sharp, clean, and affordable. It is not often that all three of those are true. Most good lens cost way more than they should.

I have shot Legacy lens (Old E-series Nikon lens) for years so having to manual focus and shoot in either manual or aperture propriety did not bother me at all. In fact, it is very rare that I am not using one of those two for anything I do, including video.

As far as manual focus at 14mm, it is not very hard. It is a very wide composition. The only tricky thing would be close up environmental shots. It can be done though. Having an aperture of F/2.8 can be handy.

What I could see this being useful for are landscape photographers, HDR Photographers, Portrait photographers (environmental shots) and vloggers on Youtube. Considering 14mm is the focal length, shooting video blindly would not be that hard.

For those interested, it is 14 elements in 10 groups. It has one glass ASP and another one that is hybrid.

What could be improved?

The one thing everyone would jump on would be the lack of a focusing system. I know alot of people see that as the hangup on the Samyang lens but I do not. It is fives times cheaper that Zeiss 15mm. Can you live without autofocus for $2,000? I can.

The other thing that I wish that the would do with Samyang 14mm (as well as their 10mm lens too) is flatten down that front element so I could use filters. That is a much bigger drawback than the focusing issues. It means I have to fake graduated filters in Lightroom after the fact.

I am not sure what it would take to link the aperture reading to the camera dial or if that is a business issue. It is possible to do it, that would be nice to change the aperture right from the front dial.

Is it right for you?

I can’t tell you that but I will say that it works well for me. If you do not need filters and you can focus a little manually; it can be perfect for you and you can use the money you saved for a good tripod.

If Auto-focus is a huge deal, you might check out the Nikon 16-35mm (F/4). It is a great piece of glass at about three times the price.

My suggestion is to give the Samyang 14mm (2.8) a serious look before passing it up just because you can’t Auto-Focus.


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