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Ultra-Wide, Super Affordable: A Review of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens for Sony

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Sony shooters are spoiled for choice when it comes to ultra-wide lenses right now. This video from Chris Brockhurst takes an in-depth look at the 14mm f/2.8 FE, an autofocus prime lens from Rokinon/Samyang which stands out for its price and focal length.

Rokinon/Samyang has a reputation for producing lightweight, affordable autofocus glass for Sony full frame cameras without massively compromising quality. The AF 14mm f/2.8 FE is definitely in the same category, and while it’s not one of Samyang’s lightest lenses, it’s still not that hefty at only 1.11 lb (505 g).

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Samyang’s new 75mm f/1.8, an everyday compact portrait lens that has proven to be incredibly convenient and a lot of fun — not to mention a bargain at just $399. Brockhurst mentions that the 14mm lens isn’t quite as sharp as other heavier, more expensive lenses, and the same is true of the 75mm. That’s not to say that it’s soft, per se; it’s just not as crisp as some pixel-peepers will demand. However, as an affordable, fast, ultra-wide prime, it seems to be a solid option, especially given how impressed Brockhurst is with the autofocus performance.

Are you a real-estate videographer pondering a new ultra-wide prime? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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