Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM ultra-wide angle prime lens purchasing guide

 


Lowest price is: $2 089,00 at Adorama
($2 189,00 at B&H, $2 199,00 at J&R)

Article contents: lens basic description, short specification, alternatives overview, reviews collection and pricing (including graphs).

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II lens description

Introduction

Canon 14mm f/2.8L II is a part of Canon’s wide-angle L-lenses lineup:

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L
EF 14mm f/2.8L II
from $2 089,00
EF 24mm f/1.4L II
from $1 599,00
EF 35mm f/1.4L
from $1 249,88

As you can see – this 14mm lens is widest and most expencive (lenses becomes more easy to manufacture as their focal length gets closer to normal – about diagonal of the frame).

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II ultra-wide angle lens autofocus switch focussing scale

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II ultra-wide angle lens view

This lens was introduced in 2007 replacing the old version Mk1 (made since 1991). Newer version (prices from $2 089,00) performes much better in terms of resolution contrast and vigneting. But barrel distortion becomes bigger which is actually not very good news. Good news is that this distortion is can be easily corrected with any editor.

If you want to have really sharp corners – stop down to f/5.6. But even at f/2.8 corners is reasonably sharp. And the center is perfect at any settings.

Recomendations

This lens has vary wide angle and pretty fast aperture. This is very good for shooting actions indoors.

Alternatives:

If you need to shoot interiors less expencive Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II (from $1 489,00) will be better choice due to its ability to zoom. It has the same f/2.8 aperture. The only 16-35mm disadvantage is lower resolution and bigger distortion.

If you on a budget – try Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L (from $699,88).

If you need fast aperture – consider Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II (from $1 599,00): his viewing angle is not so wide, but you will have 2 extra stops in aperture for less money! To decide which focal length is rigt for your purposes – check the picture below:

14mm vs 24mm lens viewing angles difference

14mm vs 24mm lens viewing angles difference

As you can see – the difference is dramatic! But both angles has their right to be for some different circumstances. 24mm can be more convenient to shoot people due to less distortion of faces.

SPECIFICATION:

  • Focal length: 14 mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Body: L-style
  • Frame coverage: EF (full-frame)
  • Resolution: very good
  • Image Stabilization: no
  • Weight: 22.7 oz
  • Size: 3.2 x 3.7 in

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ACTUAL PRICES:

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Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens prices graph at Adorama, Amazon, B&H, J&R

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