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Article by Alessandro Terzi - 21st July 2016

Last years I have been searching for a wide angle lens that could help me catching more scenic backdrop in my photos then my current Canon 17-40mm f/4, so the announce of the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 was for me an opportunity to reflect about this issue. I was already used to shoot in manual mode, in fact I started shooting with films and I have never forgotten the taste of moving the lens manually searching for the correct focus. In fact on a Full Frame camera 14mm are many but that brand I had never heard before. I'm not used to spend many time on photographic forum, and in honesty I'd rather spend my time much more to take pictures than to read articles about how much lenses and cameras are better than others. I really think how much the photographer's capacity in terms of pre-visualization and composition is better than the use of a technically perfect lens. Equipment does not help so much the photographer to make a good photo then a great experience and ability of the human being.

Anyway, the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens seemed to be a good lens: rugged, heavy, inexpensive, highly publicized worldwide so I seriously started thinking it could be a good alternative to Sigma or Tokina brand. I tested it in a store that had a copy of this lens for Nikon mount, so I decided to adapt it on my Canon 5D Mark II with a Nikon-to-Canon adapter that still carry with me.

I took some photos from f/2.8 to f/10, on the street right in front of the store and enlarging the photo on the LCD screen I could see that already at f/8 images were very sharp even at the edges of the frame. As a nature photographer, I make massive use of depth of field and I'm used to shoot always between f/10 and f/16. Samyang lens at these apertures appeared clear and with no great aberrations.

I decided to buy it that day, and within a short time on Amazon. Two years later, I am extremely happy and the photos below show represent so much the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 quality than a thousand reviews!

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