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Bower 14/2.8 $299 @ B&H
Posted By: Docrwm, 08-19-2013, 03:10 PM

Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle LensSLY14MMF2.8P B&H Photo


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08-26-2013, 08:44 AM   #16
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I ALMOST bought this as I really like the 8mm FE. I ended up buying the DA15 for $550 mainly for it's smaller size, and maybe I can see some pixie dust.

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I don't think you can really consider this lens a replacement for the DA 15. From the sample photos and reviews I've seen this lens appears to have some major vignetting and distortion not to mention very susceptible to flaring. While the DA 15 does have some of these same qualities as well, its not nearly as severe. While still a very good value, I'd consider the Samyang/Bower lens to be more of a "toy" lens rather than something you could get some really high quality shots from.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TopherTheME Quote
I'd consider the Samyang/Bower lens to be more of a "toy" lens rather than something you could get some really high quality shots from.
I know, this photo quality is just terrible! I can't stand it!







Don't be so quick to pass off a lens just because it's inexpensive.
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Well I was saving my money for the DA15, but decided to take a chance on this Bower lens. It should be delivered tomorrow. I will try and post some photos from it.

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This is a great lens and I think it can compete with DA14mm.
However, I ended up getting the DA15 because of the star burst and the 49mm filter thread.
It would be cheaper to get a ND filter for 49mm and ND filters are addictive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by scratchpaddy Quote
I know, this photo quality is just terrible! I can't stand it!
Totally! The trees on the sides look much softer than the concrete stuff in the center!
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I actually have buyers remorse I that I bought the DA 15 instead.

I must have a bad copy- no matter what I try it is soft, softer than the 18-55 Kit lens. Much Much softer than any of my primes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ToyTank Quote
I actually have buyers remorse I that I bought the DA 15 instead.

I must have a bad copy- no matter what I try it is soft, softer than the 18-55 Kit lens. Much Much softer than any of my primes.
I'm trying to decide whether to get this lens or the 15 limited. Where did you buy your 15? Is it possible to get another copy?

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I bought from Crutchfield for $550, I'm sure they would send me a replacement they have a pretty good 60 day satisfaction guarantee. I'm going to try it out some more first there is some things I like but looking at 100% crops from a hike yesterday are pretty bad.

Edit: Hm, I think the focus ring was moving on me. It's not very dampened, has a short throw, and I got big fat fingers. Some of the shots are sharp, and a few times I did see I'd set the ring do a couple shots, move a little, and look and it had moved quite a bit. I'm going to post a couple shots in the DA15 controls my mind thread.

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Anyone who needs a push to buy this should look at DXO marks rating of Samyang lenses. I've decided I'm getting this and the 85/1.4 even though I have a 90/2.8. It's T-stop rating is off the charts, better than even the * lenses...
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Today I got to check out my new Bower 14mm f/2.8 lens. I can see this lens will take a learning curve for me to master. Upon testing it seems very slightly soft at 2.8, but sharpens up 3.5. What bothers me is while the center is sharp enough at 2.8 to 4.0, the upper corners are a little soft, the lower right corner is a little soft but the lower left corner is as sharp as the center. From 4.0 and up it's all about the same. Does anyone know if this is common with this lens?
The distance scale is not even close. I have to use live view to focus, and outside in bright light my poor old eyes really strain to focus even then. I will have to learn to use the hyperfocal distance and forget about trying to focus on small parts of a scene (like eyes).

I am going to check it out more this weekend, but I might end up returning it to B&H for an exchange to see if I can get a better one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
Today I got to check out my new Bower 14mm f/2.8 lens. I can see this lens will take a learning curve for me to master. Upon testing it seems very slightly soft at 2.8, but sharpens up 3.5. What bothers me is while the center is sharp enough at 2.8 to 4.0, the upper corners are a little soft, the lower right corner is a little soft but the lower left corner is as sharp as the center. From 4.0 and up it's all about the same. Does anyone know if this is common with this lens?
The distance scale is not even close. I have to use live view to focus, and outside in bright light my poor old eyes really strain to focus even then. I will have to learn to use the hyperfocal distance and forget about trying to focus on small parts of a scene (like eyes).

I am going to check it out more this weekend, but I might end up returning it to B&H for an exchange to see if I can get a better one.
You might have to return it. This lens is known for two issues, being decentered and being off on the distance scale. It sounds like yours might have both. A good copy is sharp from 2.8.
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I have this lens (Rokinon ) but I haven't used it much since obtaining it from another forum member; it's almost new in box and I want to trade for the 85. Will list in marketplace shortly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by scratchpaddy Quote
I paid the same price for the Vivitar version of this lens (labeled 13mm) five months ago, but it was a riskier eBay new-in-box purchase. Went without a hitch, and the lens is amazing. MF is really no big deal on a lens so wide. For 99% of the shots, as kenafein said, just set to hyperfocal and go. It's probably my most-used lens since I got it.

It's not small, though. That's my only gripe. You'd have to pay twice as much to get smaller. I'm the opposite of Doc here: got the Samyang, which is fantastic, so I can't justify the DA15.
I expected worse, frankly. This is not as big as I thought.
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But for Rokinon 14mm this time.


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