Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Last updated (27 June’10):
- Review by SLRLensreview

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM is a wide angle lens. The lens features 14mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 14 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 114 degrees. Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual, Closest focusing distance at 7.9 in./0.2m and has a filter size of Gel filter holder at rear of lens. The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens weighs 22.8 oz and it measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 3.7 inches long.

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Reviews

SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“The lens showcased pretty good overall performance in the field. Images were sharp across the frame pretty much throughout the tested aperture range on both APS-C as well as full frame cameras.”
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Photoreview reviews the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Flare was competently handled (although our tests were somewhat limited due to inclement weather). Bokeh was generally attractive and depth-of-field control was surprisingly good for such a wide angle lens. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“This ultra-wide proved well-balanced on my 5D. The lens has a solid, robust feel to it. More importantly, the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM delivered crisp images with good color, reflecting the superior optical design that went into this lens. “
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Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Overall, this new lens performs so much better than the older 14mm L that it eliminates the need for correction in DxO. This new lens is sharper, has less distortion, less ghosting and less lateral color fringes than the original EF 14mm f/2.8 L. “
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very well controlled, though you can see a little purple fringing in the corners with very high contrast subjects such as a white flag pole against a dark woods (more later). Distortion is also very well controlled with a little barrel distortion present at close focus distances. Exposures are accurate, color and contrast are very nice. “
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User Opinions

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM User Reviews

significant improvement over the previous lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“as soon as i received it, i set my camera up on a tripod and shot the same picture, first with the old canon 14mm, and then with the new. the improvement in the new lens in terms of corner to corner sharpness was really significant… “ – by J. Horner

Wider than the edges of the universe!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is the top of the line wide angle. A significant improvement over the last 14mm and a must have for anyone who loves the distorted look wide angle gives… I have tested this lens and the results are spectacular. It is very fast and works well in low light.” – by Carbonadam

Just Wide Enough | Rating: ★★★★★
“When I got my 5D MkII I purchased the 14mm lens. It is awesome. For me just wide enough – not quite fisheye. It is a lens which offers incredible possibilities for unique views and perspectives and its speed certainly helps – although I tend to go for more depth of field which it accomodates as well. I have several L series lenses, but I can see where this one will be my “creative” lens.” – by San Antonio Bob

Super sharpness from corner to the center at 2.8, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Had used the previous revision before. I was amazed by the how wide and the distortion control. Finally bought it late last year. It’s an amazing lens. Super sharpness and color! “ – by Kelvin Leung

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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Specifications

Designed primarily for discerning landscape and architectural photographers, the Canon EF14mm f2.8L II USM lens is ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s full-frame capability. Measuring 3.7 inches in length and weighing in at under 23 ounces, this ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is well corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114-degree diagonal angle of view, and delivers high-speed autofocus with higher image quality overall including superior peripheral image quality, compared to its predecessor, the stalwart EF 14mm f2.8L USM lens.

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.

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