On this review photographer, Christopher Frost looks at the new Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4 lens which was first shown on Photokina 2016.
The Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4 is one of two XP lenses that the Korean company unveiled in Photokina last year. This new series of professional high-end manual lenses aim to compete with to premium glass some of the other manufacturers released in recent years (Sigma Art, Tamron SP and more).
From Frost’s test, it seems that the lens does a very good job both optically with great sharpness across the frame wide open and in terms of build quality.
As you might expect there is quite a noticeable barrel distortion with the lens (it is a 14mm FF after all) but it is less than the previous Samyang 14mm lens (which is also a very capable lens b.t.w.). You can see some darkening in the corners wide open but closing the aperture by about 1 stop improves the situation considerably.
As for pricing, this lens does come at a premium price of just under $1000 but Frost does say that this is the sharpest ultrawide full frame lens that he tested to date – so this just might be justified.