Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 Review

November 18, 2016 | Mark Goldstein |

Conclusion

The new Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 is a very high quality, ultra-wide-angle lens for full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras. In terms of image quality, sharpness is outstanding when shooting wide-open at f/2.4, becoming even better from f/4 onwards, and the edges are just as sharp as the centre. There is little evidence of chromatic aberrations, but obvious vignetting at wide-open apertures, admittedly something that other ultra-wide-angle lenses also suffer from.

The build quality is also outstanding, with the metal lens mount and housing adding to the high-quality feel, although the rubberised focusing ring does pickup dirt and fingerprints very easily.. Samyang have also included a very good petal-shaped lens hood, although it is non-removable which prevents the use of filters with this lens. As this is a manual-focus only lens, you'd expect this aspect of the operation to be intuitive, and so it proved, with the very wide focusing ring complete with hard stops and a large rotation angle of 135 degrees enabling smooth and precise focusing.

The price of the Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 is undoubtedly very attractive given the fast f/2.4 aperture, impeccable image quality, and excellent construction. The only real drawback with this lens is the lack of any weather-sealing, which may or may not be a deal-breaker for you. Otherwise the Samyang Premium MF 14mm f/2.4 lens is certainly worthy of our Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5