Samyang Optics has recently announced two new lenses the Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 RF and the Samyang MF 85mm f1.4 RF, these are manual lenses made for the new Canon RF mount found on Canon’s new full frame cameras the EOS R and RP.
This review is is for the MF 14mm 2.8 RF lens but you can find my review for the MF 85mm f1.4 here.
The MF 14mm f2.8 RF is one of Samyang’s first RF lens mount lenses and one of the very first third party lenses available for the new Canon RF mount mirrorless cameras, great to see a third party giving us some options as there are very few native RF mount lenses available.
It looks like the MF 14mm f2.8 RF is the same design optically as the previous “old” MF 14mm f2.8 EF mount version of this lens, I believe the specs are identical apart from the weight. What we do see is a whole new body, most of the lens is made of metal rather than the plastic that the previous lenses are made of, the build quality is a big step up and it looks and feels great. We also get a weather sealing gasket around the lens mount.
|Model Name||MF 14mm F2.8 RF|
|Aperture Range||F2.8 ~ 22|
|Optical Construction||14 Elements in 10 Groups (ASP 1, H-ASP 1, ED 2, HR 3)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||0.28 m (0.92ft)|
|Magnification Ratio||x 0.08|
|Angle Of View – Full Frame||115.7˚|
Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 RF on the Canon EOS R
Left -NEW Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 RF. Right – Samyang 14mm f2.8 EF.
An old favourite
The Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 lens has been a hugely popular lens especially with those interested in Astro, Aurora and Milkyway photography. It’s wide angle of view, fast f2.8 aperture and image quality are hard to beat at it’s price point, making it Samyang’s best seller.
The MF 14mm f2.8 was my first dedicated astrophotography lens, it has captured some of my favourite images, it’s captured some of my favourite memories, it is part reason I started blogging and the reason I have had a lot of opportunities with my photography, I was extremely happy to get the chance to be one of the first to use this new RF version of the lens.
Above you can really see the difference in looks and build between this new RF mount 14mm f2.8 (left) and the 14mm f2.8 (right). The big bulbous front element is still there but the body design and material used to build it have changed a lot, we now have a metal body and metal aperture ring. You can also see the extra size of the new RF mount lens, effectively the bottom portion is an adapter/spacer to fit the old lens design to the RF mount. So although the lens is RF mount, it is still a design carried over from Samyang’s dslr lenses and adapted to fit.
It is also worth noting here that the lens hood is the same size, I tried my Haida filter holder for the Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 on the new RF lens and it fitted fine, good news as there’s quite a few options for filter holders for the mf 14mm f2.8.
I found the lens sharp, it has distortion like the original mf 14mm f2.8 and it has excellent coma performance, great for those milky-way images. here are some images, starting with some coma samples.
Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 RF at f2.8
Centre of the frame 100% crop
Top right corner 100% crop
Top left corner 100% crop
As you can see in the above four images the Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 RF performs well when it comes to coma in the stars, there is some but it’s very minimal, it’s actually pretty impressive.
The Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 RF is a nice addition to Samyang’s line up of lenses, as mentioned it is great to see third parties supporting the Canon RF mount so quickly. The build quality of this lens is a big step up great is great to see as this has been a criticism of Samyang’s MF 14mm f2.8 in the past, but this is in another league. The image quality was as expected, the same as my old EF version of this lens but it is nice to not have to use an adapter to mount it to my EOS R. For anyone using the EOS R or RP and looking for an affordable ultra wide angle for subjects such as Milky-way this is a great option.
Availability here in Australia will be end of April and pricing will be approx $629 AUD
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