Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 for Canon RF / Nikon Z Mounts Hands on Review

On this video, photographer, Christopher Frost takes a look at the new Samyang MF 14mm f/2.8 RF  (there is also a version of this lens for Nikon Z cameras). This new Samyang is a redesigned version of Samyang’s manual focus original DSLR 14mm f/2.8 lens that we actually tested a few years back.

The lens housing changed since the original version and it seems a little bit better made, however it is still a rather large lens for a mirrorless body and you can still not add a filter in the front although you might be able to place a gel filter in the back.

The optical quality is very good just like the DSLR version, sharpness is great even wide open across the frame and contrast is also very good. This lens is not a good performer when it comes to close up shots but it seems to handle flare pretty decently.

Maybe the biggest downside like the original is the barrel distortion in the center of the frame. If you are O.K. fixing it in post you should be fine but keep it in mind. There is not too much background separation with this lens as the close up distance isn’t very close and it is a very wide angle full frame lens.

As for pricing, this lens cost $500 (RF mount) with the Nikon Z version priced similarly priced similarly.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid and you can find more of Frost’s videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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