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.
Reviewed by 3 customers
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.
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.
Wide And Sharp = Great