Bower 14mm f/2.8 Super-Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors.

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About Bower 14mm F/2.8

The Bower 14mm Aspherical Wide Angle Lens is an excellent addition to any photographer's collection. It allows users the ability to expand their creativity and capture incredible scenes from a truly unique perspective. This manual focus lens, when used with cameras with an APS-C image sensor, creates images with an expanded perspective, including images with a creatively deformed outlook and a sharp pan focus that extends throughout the entire frame.

Optical construction is based on 14 elements in 12 groups. 2 ED low dispersion lenses, one hybrid aspherical element and one glass aspherical element combine to minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations. Advanced optical construction allows this lens to deliver razor sharp images even in corners.

The 14mm f/2.8 works perfectly even with latest high resolution full frame sensors. The lens is optically corrected, which is especially useful in architecture and landscape photography and the 114 deg. angle of view allows the user to create extremely unique and interesting pictures.

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Bower 14mm F/2.8 Features

  • Two ED lenses; one hybrid aspherical and one glass aspherical
  • High quality anti-reflecting layers

Bower 14mm F/2.8 Specifications

Focal Length
14mm
Angle of View (Full-frame)
114 deg
Angle of View (APS-C)
92.5 deg
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Construction
14 elements/12 groups
Number of Diaphragm Blades
6
Minimum Focus
28cm

Bower 14mm F/2.8 Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers

 
4.0

Great manual wide angle

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from Des Moines, Iowa  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great value and optical quality. Capable of taking incredibly sharp images or providing a huge depth of field. The focus ring is very smooth. It's a great lens for landscapes and night sky shots. Metering and focus confirmation work just fine on a 7100 with the non-cpu lens data set to 15mm. I do have three complaints, but all three are pretty minor and I understood the first two before purchasing it. First, you can't use filters on it. Second, the mounting alignment dot is on the back of the lens not the side, so it takes a bit of fidgeting to get it attached. Last, the focus stops just past infinity, which is unfortunate for sky photography; this isn't a huge issue, it just takes a bit more care to get shots right.

 
5.0

Excellent astrophotography lens

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from North Georgia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have only used it for wide-field astrophotography, and it is a very good lens for that purpose. I have been able to get very good images in the f/2.8 to f/4 range. I start at infinity focus and usually have to make only slight adjustments from there. The edge distortion is normal for a lens like this, but it can be easily corrected in post. I imagine it would be a very good real estate or landscape lens as well. It simply can't be beat for the price.

 
5.0

Wide And Sharp = Great

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from Salinas, ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Wide And Sharp = Great

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Dan C  will this lens work with a Nikon D5000 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera?
FRANK W  It will technically work on a D5000, but you would find it difficult to use. It's a completely manual, non-CPU lens. The D5xxx and D3xxx series cameras will still function in A and M modes, but the focus OK dot typically isn't precise enough for a non-CPU lens, especially one this wide. Additionally, while the lens electronics are typically described simply as a "focus confirmation chip", they are also required for those cameras to recognize the aperture and focal length, accurately meter the exposure, and provide EXIF information. But don't be discouraged - Bower also offers a "chipped" version that will work perfectly on a D5000. The price difference is minimal, but the experience will be much more rewarding.
Ye F  There are two revisions of the 14mm f2.8 lens. Which revision is this item? old: with the label "ED Aspherical IF" new: with the lable "ED AS IF UMC"
LONG N  This item that I'd receive is the new version (based on your question). It's labelled as "ED AS IF UMC" on the lens and in the manual.
Randy H  Is the lens hood removable?
MATTHEW S  According to Bower yes, it is.
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