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

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Bower 14mm F/2.8: Picture 1 regular $329.00

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
Mfr #
SLY1428P
SKU
BOW1428P

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

By

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

By

from Salinas, ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Wide And Sharp = Great

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Mitchell S  The lens is manual focus. Is it also only Manual Aperture ? I will be using the lens with a Pentax K-5 so I am wondering, do I also set the aperture, or will my camera do the correct exposure automatically ? So far I have only been using my K-5 with Pentax fully automatic lenses. I have always used all manual lenses with my vintage Pentax film cameras..so I am familiar with all manual operations for film, but not digital. Thanks, Mitch S
DAN K  Dear Mitch, I use this lens with both Pentax Kr and K7 bodies. After mounting on your K5 set the lens aperature ring to "A" and the camera body to Manual focus. When you turn on the camera it should ask you for a focal length. Set that at 15 When you are ready to take a picture dial in f5.6 on the LCD, its sweet spot although the K5 will automatically set the aperature. I believe I read somewhere that Pentax & Nikon mounts are automatic where all others (Canon, Sony, etc ) are manual only. One more thing I've learned in the short time since I acquired this lens: Because the lens has such great DOF set the distance ring on the lens to just shy of 2m Best of luck controlling LBA DJK
Mitchell S  Hi Dan - Thank You soo very mcuh ! A Great Answer....now I know how to use the lens too ! Mitch S
Mitchell S  The lens is manual focus. Is it also only Manual Aperture ? I will be using the lens with a Pentax K-5 so I am wondering, do I also set the aperture, or will my camera do the correct exposure automatically ? So far I have only been using my K-5 with Pentax fully automatic lenses. I have always used all manual lenses with my vintage Pentax film cameras..so I am familiar with all manual operations for film, but not digital. Thanks, Mitch S
DAN K  Dear Mitch, I use this lens with both Pentax Kr and K7 bodies. After mounting on your K5 set the lens aperature ring to "A" and the camera body to Manual focus. When you turn on the camera it should ask you for a focal length. Set that at 15 When you are ready to take a picture dial in f5.6 on the LCD, its sweet spot although the K5 will automatically set the aperature. I believe I read somewhere that Pentax & Nikon mounts are automatic where all others (Canon, Sony, etc ) are manual only. One more thing I've learned in the short time since I acquired this lens: Because the lens has such great DOF set the distance ring on the lens to just shy of 2m Best of luck controlling LBA DJK
Mitchell S  Hi Dan - Thank You soo very mcuh ! A Great Answer....now I know how to use the lens too ! Mitch S
Mitchell S  The lens is manual focus. Is it also only Manual Aperture ? I will be using the lens with a Pentax K-5 so I am wondering, do I also set the aperture, or will my camera do the correct exposure automatically ? So far I have only been using my K-5 with Pentax fully automatic lenses. I have always used all manual lenses with my vintage Pentax film cameras..so I am familiar with all manual operations for film, but not digital. Thanks, Mitch S
DAN K  Dear Mitch, I use this lens with both Pentax Kr and K7 bodies. After mounting on your K5 set the lens aperature ring to "A" and the camera body to Manual focus. When you turn on the camera it should ask you for a focal length. Set that at 15 When you are ready to take a picture dial in f5.6 on the LCD, its sweet spot although the K5 will automatically set the aperature. I believe I read somewhere that Pentax & Nikon mounts are automatic where all others (Canon, Sony, etc ) are manual only. One more thing I've learned in the short time since I acquired this lens: Because the lens has such great DOF set the distance ring on the lens to just shy of 2m Best of luck controlling LBA DJK
Mitchell S  Hi Dan - Thank You soo very mcuh ! A Great Answer....now I know how to use the lens too ! Mitch S
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