Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
December 17, 2007
While its large diameter, high-precision Aspherical and UD elements, optimized lens element positioning, and flare and ghost-reducing lens coating ensure that this lens delivers the top optical performance in its professional class, Canon has added other features photographers have been asking for – improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel and focusing ring, and a round aperture that creates a nice background blur and makes it easier to recognize an out-of-focus scene in less than brightly lit conditions.
Furthermore, Canon has created a new lens cap specifically for the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM that is held to the lens by a stopper. The Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is scheduled to begin shipping to stores in October at an estimated selling price of $2,199.
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 14mm f/2.8
Lens Construction: 14 elements in 11 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 114° (on full-frame cameras)
Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
Closest Focusing Distance: 7.9 in. / 0.2m
Filter Size: Gel filter holder at rear of lens
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.2 in. x 3.7 in. / 80mm x 94mm, 22.8 oz./645g (lens only)
The Digital Pictures quoted the following:
“Full-frame corners are impressively sharp for a lens this wide. The biggest noticeable difference in image quality generated by stopping down the aperture is from the decreased amount of corner shading. The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens delivers a smoothly changing but somewhat strong amount of shading in full frame corners when shot wide open. This is not unusual for a wide lens – and is mostly gone by f/5.6. Users of 1.6x FOVCF bodies will notice little or no vignetting.”
Popular Photography and Imaging concluded that:
“With its improved close-focusing, this lens offers new possibilities for exploring differences in scale and depth. Architectural shooters will be impressed by its visibly improved sharpness. While its price is still high, clearly so is its value.”
S Zozgornik, a user from FredMiranda.com commented that:
“It′s one of the sharpest Wideangle lenses I have ever seen. Comparable with the 1.4/35L!
Classes better than the old one (which was not as bad as often told).
Expensive but worth any penny!!!”
He also mentioned that the lens is sharp in the corners at f2.8, excellent flare control, well build, good new cap but there are some little, and easy removable CA at contrasty edges.
This lens is great when used with full frame camera such as the new 1Ds Mark III, 1Ds Mark II and 5D. Canon replaced Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L USM introduced in 1991 with the lens.
Full reviews and sample photos:
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review by The Digital Pictures
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review by Popular Photography and Imaging
FredMiranda’s Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM User Reviews
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM information
Due to distraction from a serious illness in my family, I’ve barely scratched a zillionth of a pixel, but the long-awaited 21.1 MP Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III arrived 10 Dec. in three huge boxes with almoseverything from 14mm-400mm to replace a complete Nikon system started in 1963 with a Nikon-F.
It was a sad end this summer with a "divorce" from a D2X. I detested the divorce from Nikon’s outstanding, reliable lineup, but I sought full-frame and many more megapixels. So far, but based on extremely limited experience due to forces beyond my control, this new ballgame for me starts with a homerun. While I’ll be more than happy to address any question you may have, please bear in mind that I’ve experienced little yet of the proverbial iceberg, nor have I garnered any solid scientific data. I’ve not made even one print. Subjective views, based on more than 50 years in photography, two degrees in the field, and a beginning orientation years ago that proclaimed anything less than 4×5 is "miniature," slants this very premature stance. But, I’ll be objective as I can.
Just keep the preceding in mind as you form your questions. As a start, though, it won’t hurt to tell you that I am pleasantly surprised by several things.
(1) It "feels" good and at home in my grubby old hands: a point that I approached apprehensively about Canon SLRs in general, and this weighty beast in particular;
(2) I’m astonished with its "user friendliness" compared with my last few Nikons, and especially the D2X;
(3) After a few days getting acquainted with my new bride, Merry Megapixels, I’m far less apprehensive about deserting Nikons and spending enough money to buy a halfway decent car ;
(4) Spending this much when I really didn’t need another camera line bothered me even less the first time I played with it for 10 minutes.
It’s more solid than Grant’s Tomb, but not quite as heavy. Retired, with maybe a few creative years left, this change was primarily due to my physical condition. It won’t allow me to wag around a view camera. I wanted the nearest reasonable qualitative results akin to large format, but without a complete washout of my wallet. Ferrari-priced Hasselblad digital rigs are not justified by my shooting style. I don’t run a studio and don’t use photography for profit.
Square format isn’t my favorite, either. Similar to buying a new $200,000 Bentley GT, one hates to find fault. Nevertheless, I’d prefer this new Canon rig to:
(1) enable autofocus in the live view mode;
(2) permit double exposures (maybe it does, and I’m just too dumb to work it out);
(3) have a built-in flash for fill-in;
(4) weigh a pound less;
(5) come with a large, hardback, color instruction manual, instead of a small booklet that would be more at home, qualitatively, in a 3/4-ton Chevy pickup. After all, this is supposed to be the Bentley GT of digital 24mm by 36mm full-frame cameras.
(6) soup up the capture speed even at the sacrifice of pixels via a quick switch button. If the new Nikon can squeeze 10 fps out of its pro model, so can Canon. I do not need this at all, but it might attract more sports and bird shutterbugs.
(7) It’s too expensive. In the old film days when one bought a Leica for life, that high price was justifiable to many. However, today, when 21 megapixels seem sufficient, it will be tomorrow’s doorstop: a fancy brick. Half of the going price seems more reasonable;
(8) Canon’s wild nomenclature for lenses, cameras and equipment is completely devoid of public relations and advertising considerations.
Most are a mouthful, such as Canon EOS-1 Ds Mark III. Ordering by telephone can be tedious especially if the camera "dealer" is one of the NYC varieties that consist of no store front or equipment, only phone salesmen. Canon’s designation of "L" for high grade glass makes no sense.
Furthermore, no lenses by such a manufacturer should be second rate. No fool, unless he has a death wish, buys weekend special tires at $30 each for a Bentley GT Speed model that’s capable of 206 mph. Canon’s names may make sense in Japan, but in the U.S. it’s bound to adversely affect sales. It’s just too confusing, and there’s simply no point. I’ll appreciate questions, hints or observations, If I can find time, as I use the camera, I’ll try to offer more comprehensive, and objective analyses of real time, hands-on, practical results of this Bentley GT of Canon’s in this Monte Carlo mega race.
Full article and further comments:
EOS-1Ds Mark III Arrives: Early Review by captjhc
A Summary of Canon EOS 40D’s Pros:
* Excellent 10.1 megapixel sensor with impressively low noise and superb detail
* ISO 100 to 800 usable at 13×19 inches
* Dust removal technology reduces sensor cleaning chores
* Excellent kit lens
* 3.0-inch LCD
* Status display includes more detail
* Print/Share button enables quick and easy printing and image transfer
* Fast image transfer eliminates the need for a card reader
* Excellent grip for most hand sizes
* Larger viewfinder
* Live View mode is great when shooting from odd angles
* Live View works from computer via cable or WiFi (with adapter)
* Higher sensitivity AF system works better in low light
* Picture Styles makes choosing and customizing color modes fast and easy
* Compatible with over 50 lenses and accessories
* Uses CF cards like all other Canon digital SLRs
* Selectable auto-rotation feature rotates on the camera or only in the computer
* Improved buffer depth allows for more followup shots
* Excellent detail from the sensor
* Highlight detail is well preserved at default settings
* Highlight Tone Priority makes it even better
* Images are sharp, but not oversharpened, and noise suppression is kept well under control
* Color is very accurate, with only red being a little off, which consumers generally like
* Auto white balance handles most situations very well
* High ISO images are impressive, all the way up to ISO 1,600; 3,200 cleans up well
* Print quality is excellent, making sharp 13×19 inch prints
* Great shot-to-shot, shutter lag, and cycle time numbers
* RAW files are very clean
* Under 3-second flash recycle time
* Sealed flash hot shoe
Below is a showcase of Canon EOS 1D Mark III sample photos. Photos taken at ISO 2000 and ISO 3200. Lens used was Canon 600mm F4 IS, mounted on tripod. Photos are first shown as overview then followed by 100% cropped. Photos are converted to JPEG from RAW with minimal adjustment of in Adobe Camera Raw 4.2.
Sample Image 1
Sample Image 2
Sample Image 3
The Canon EOS 1D Mark III shows remarkable high ISO performance in the above samples. I am satisfy with photos taken with ISO 2000 and ISO 3200. The subject was not properly lit. The details of the subject are remained, this can be seem on the subjects hair. Skin tone on the ISO 3200 photo is a little bit washed out but looks good on the one taken using ISO 2000.
Let me know what you think about the sample photos at the comment section.
Canon EOS Safari Event
During the EOS Safari 2007 in Kenya I had the opportunity to work with the new Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III professional digital SLR camera for a few days. This professional DSLR camera with high resolution of 21 Megapixel and image speed of 5 fps is equipped with a 35mm full format CMOS sensor and two DIGIC 3 processors for a maximum range of 56 large JPEG images (12 RAW). These first images made with the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera were taken in practice during the EOS Safari 2007 trip. The overall circumstances were sunny with dusty and dry surroundings occasionally. The test photos in this publication are prior to the up-coming Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III review.