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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM 35mm Primes

4.43 star rating
                      4.43 / 5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $1800.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length14mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance9.6 in
    Picture Angle114 degrees
    Groups / Elements14 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diameter3 in
    Length3.5 in
    Weight19.2 oz
    Product ID20825974

Product Description

This ultra-wide-angle lens has the shortest focal length in the L-series. Element 2 is an aspherical lens to correct distortion. Other aberrations such as astigmatism are also corrected, resulting in ideal image quality. The lens has a fixed, petal-type hood and a gelatin filter holder at the rear.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed Keck a Expert from Pasadena CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2003

Strengths:    Well built, infintity setting is correct. Very sharp, decent flare characteristics at night (comparable to my Canon 50mm 1.4). Fast enough for dusk aerial shots. Acceptable sharpness wide open.

Weaknesses:    Probably too expensive for most people to have in their kit, highly convex front element is unprotected and vulnerable to finger prints, etc.

Bottom Line:   
Compared to the Canon 15mm and the 17-35 L lenses, the 14mm is spectacular. The manual focus works correctly and the lense really has amazing sharpness (even to the edges) for its focal length. While it costs a lot, the rental price on it is pretty reasonable for the edge it can give you, especially if you're stuck with a 10D or D60. Well worth the difference in money between it and the 15mm. Put it on a 1DS or 35mm and it's really awesome.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Sammy's (rented 35/d

Similar Products Used:   Canon 15mm, Canon 17-35, Various medium format lenses

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mark1958 a Intermediate from stanford

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    14mm
well built

Weaknesses:    Lacks sharpness
As sharp or less sharp than canon wide zoom

Bottom Line:   
I bought this lens because of my initial disappointment with the 16-35L lens. To me this lens was more disappointing. It costs more than the zoom and if you compare sharpness-- the zoom is at least as good as not better. The 14mm is heavy, good color reproduction but not as sharp as I would have like to have seen. I was using this with my EOS 1D and there may have been some issues with front focusing with this lens but not my others. I was so unhappy with it i returned it after my inital tests.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $1689.00

Purchased At:   Delta intnl

Similar Products Used:   sigma 15-30

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Henrik Johansen a Professional from Norway

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2002

Strengths:    Sharp, wide!

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
This is the best wide-angle lens today

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   20 2.8, 28-78 2.8, 70-200 2.8

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guclu a Expert from Istanbul/Turkey

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2001

Strengths:    The shortest focal length in the L-series (.8') , Fast AF ,

Weaknesses:    Price ,

Bottom Line:   
Well probably this is the best super-wide angle lens on the market , the optic quality is very near to the best ...,

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   From An Official Dea

Similar Products Used:   Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Hughes a Expert from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2001

Strengths:    Sharp (for a lens of this focal length), low spherical aberration (straight lines do not bow outward), built beautifully (up to Canon’s usual exquisite “L” standards), relatively small and lightweight. Very high status factor: This lens will make all your Canon-owner friends green with envy!

Weaknesses:    Chromatic aberration (color fringing) is a problem at all apertures.

Bottom Line:   
If you're a Canon EOS user this is the one you have to have, unless you really feel comfortable putting a Sigma or Tamron on your camera--which would be like putting Wal-Mart retreads on your Ferrari. (If you can afford this baby, you probably have a 1 or at least a 3.) The chromatic aberration--this lens' only real flaw--can be corrected digitally with a neat program called Picture Window Pro 3.0, so if you're going that route, it's basically a non-issue. Still, it's very pricey and, for that money, one would think that it would be better corrected.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   KEH

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Other

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