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Welcome to the 1930's!
This lens goes back to the 1930's using a film SLR. It has a manual diaphragm and manual focusing. None of this should put you off. You must think and apply your knowledge. The problem is with modern cameras, not with this lens. Modern cameras with their autofocus capabilities do not include focusing aids (micro-prisms, split image prisms, etc.) In their absence focusing a wide-angle lens such as this is difficult. Fortunately, there is a great depth of focus with this lens, so you luck out. ...View full Review
This lens goes back to the 1930's using a film SLR. It has a manual diaphragm and manual focusing. None of this should put you off. You must think and apply your knowledge. The problem is with modern cameras, not with this lens. Modern cameras with their autofocus capabilities do not include focusing aids (micro-prisms, split image prisms, etc.) In their absence focusing a wide-angle lens such as this is difficult. Fortunately, there is a great depth of focus with this lens, so you luck out. This lens does not have a "depth of field" scale. This lack does not let you get away with setting the hyperfocal distance. The hyperfocal distance provided acceptable focus from a set distance (determined by the f-stop) to infinity. I would not recommend this lens to a friend because he may not like what I do and vice versa.
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I bought this specifically for night sky photography. I had a chance to use it for the first time last weekend and was pleased with the initial results. Who would have thought you could get a good fast wide angle lens for under $300.00!
I'm using the lens for landscape and shots with high foreground intrest. It takes fantasticly sharp shots from 1 foot to infinity with low barrel distortion if used correctly and you are comfortable using manual mode since this is a non-CPU lens. I set my Nikon up in the shooting menu to use this lens as a non-CPU lens, and the camera DOES record the correct exposure and focus. I would definately recommend this lens to anyone getting into landscape photography or home interior photography. A great value! Thanks Brian Peterson for recomending this lens! :-)
I have only tried the lens out to make sure that it works correctly, it works beautifully and takes great pictures. I can not wait for my new camera to get here so I can use it at night.
It's incredible difference between an 18mm and the 14mm. The extra wide angle is awsome without distortion. But the lens is disspointing as its all manula, no auto focus and no auto iris. its strictly for professional use only.
This is a fully manual lens: manual focus and manual aperture. Luckily, the focusing ring is very smooth, although a bit too precise than needed for a lens this wide (3/4 of a turn to go from 28cm to infinity). You can't get anything wider than this for Canon EF before going fisheye. Distortion is a bit weird, but someone made a correction profile for this so that is no longer a problem (try Googling for it). Besides, if you're not shooting downtown buildings, you're most likely ok even without the correction. I like the metal construction. This lens feels solid and light. I would like auto aperture so that the viewfinder doesn't have to get as dark and I can see the aperture information. I also like to be able to use filters, too; but I know that's just asking too much for a lens this optically superb at this price. If you're considering an UWA for Canon, this is one of the best lens. Your other options are the Canon 16-35 or the 17-40 or the Canon 14mm L, all of which cost a lot more.
I got this as alternative to Canon's 14mm f/2.8 which costs around $2400. I actually like that the controls are fully manual on this one and I have been happy with the first few images I have taken with it. I think it is a good addition to my kit as my widest lens.
You will not find a better ultra wide lens at this price point anywhere. The lens is made under multiple brand names, but the Pro-optic is the least expnsive and not any different. If you are looking for an UWA, this is a great choice at significantly less $$ than an equivalent focal lenght by Canon. There is some distortion but post-processing will remove it.
Really can't get a better deal than this. Impressive sharpness for a super wide lens which is a must have for any serious full frame landscape photographer. If you've got $1800 laying around that you should probably get the canon 14mm, if not, this lens offers a viable alternative.
Adorama wrote to me asking if I could answer a prospective customer's question about whether it was possible to use a Cokin-type filter on this lens. In a nutshell, no. At least, I haven't figured out how to. (I also use Cokin filters.) The built-in lens hood prevents it. I suspect this will be true for most -- if not all-- extreme wide angle lenses, just because of the way the glass has to be formed on the front element. Sorry! Best, Jon
Realize you will have to get much closer to your subject than you have been doing.