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Astrophotographers Love This MF 14mm F2.8 MK2

Nicolas Wauters

Photographer from Belgium

Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 -
All You Need to Know

Astrophotography lovers, we might have just found the perfect lens for you! Samyang’s new MK2 lens, the ‘Classic Evolved’ wide-angle wonder, has received plenty of positive reviews among the photography community. The predecessors in the Samyang 14mm F2.8 series have all outshone themselves, and the new competitors are definitely not disappointing.

With 2 new outstanding features and its classic, renowned Samyang touches, the new Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 has a lot to reveal that’s not apparent in a single look.
This review will let you know all you need to know about this lens!

Enhanced Usability - Are They Worthy?

Samyang has advertised this lens to have ‘enhanced usability’ and before you wonder what it means, we’ll let some information slip.
The two new features - Focus Lock and De-Click - are garnering great appreciation everywhere as they have, indeed, enhanced the quality of wide-aperture lenses!

Specs - Covering the Bases

Let us start with the specs that the Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 boasts.

1. Maximum Diameter: 87.0mm
2. Length: 96.3mm
3. Weight: 641 Grams
4. Aperture Range: F2.8 - F22
5. Construction: 14 Elements in 10 Groups (3 High Refractive Elements, 1 Hybrid Aspherical Element, 1 Aspherical Element, and 2 Extra-Low Distortion Elements)
6. Diaphragm Blades: 9

The special lenses are notably spectacular when it comes to night photography. The wide-maximum aperture ‘F2.8’ is also a selling point for landscape photographers and astrophotographers as it emphasizes perspective that’s hard to find in a wide-aperture lens.

Astonishing Wide-Angle View

The angle of view - 115.7° - gives a perfect opportunity for photographers to make their subjects look regal. Also, this feature is not an intimidating one when it comes to the Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 - rather, it can be easily exploited to obtain images with more precision and perfection.
Creative expression is made easy with the ultra-wide-angle view!

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LENSES MF 14mm F2.8
MK2
CAMERA Nikon D850
DIAPHRAGM -
SPEED -
ISO -
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY -
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY -
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LENSES MF 14mm F2.8
MK2
CAMERA Nikon D850
DIAPHRAGM -
SPEED -
ISO -
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY -
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY -

Sturdy Build Design

The finish of the lens is quite simply, perfect. The Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 offers a pleasant experience to anyone who holds it. Neat on the eye, it still manages to remain sturdy in your hand and this must be attributed to the diamond pattern that is present on the focus ring.

Night Photography and Wide-Aperture Lens

There aren’t many F/2.8 lenses available at this price range, and Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 makes a great competitor! The lens with this range of aperture is ideal for
night photography, be it street photography or milky way photography.

With an incredible aperture like this, the ISO setting can be set low and used - it plays a great role in reducing background noise in the image. Wide-aperture lenses like the Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 are basically perfect for astrophotography!

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LENSES MF 14mm F2.8
MK2
CAMERA Nikon D850
DIAPHRAGM -
SPEED -
ISO -
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY -
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY -
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LENSES MF 14mm F2.8
MK2
CAMERA Nikon D850
DIAPHRAGM -
SPEED -
ISO -
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY -
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY -

New Features - The Buzz

Focus Lock - What’s the Magic?

The Focus Lock feature can be of great help to night photography and street photography enthusiasts. This feature allows the photographer to lock/unlock the focus ring -
as this is a manual focus lens, it offers a spectacular depth of field and remains lightweight.

The Focus Lock in the Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 comes in handy during milky way photography as the probability of jostling the focus ring is avoided.

De-Click and Weather-Sealed - Remarkable Additions

Want to adjust and tune your aperture to finer settings? Then, the De-Click feature is a boon for you! By rotating from ‘Click’ to ‘Free’ options, you can find any minute and accurate F-stops. When the right amount of light you need is captured, night photography becomes extremely impressive.

If you are a fan of shooting in adverse climatic conditions, the weather-sealed Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 lenses are going to be incredibly useful for you! Environment seals avoid the accumulation of moisture and raindrops in the lens mount area.

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LENSES MF 14mm F2.8
MK2
CAMERA Nikon D850
DIAPHRAGM -
SPEED -
ISO -
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY -
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY -
zoom
LENSES MF 14mm F2.8
MK2
CAMERA Nikon D850
DIAPHRAGM -
SPEED -
ISO -
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY -
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY -

Conclusion

One notable thing about the Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 MK2 is that it is not a fancy additional lens; rather, it is a fully manual lens that is a definite recommendation for those who specialize in landscape and night photography. Highly versatile and incredibly featured with its crisp image quality, this lens is surely a must-have!

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Samyang’s Guide to Achieving the Optimal Angle of View

The perfect spacing and distance are always necessary when shooting all kinds of subjects, including people, to give them a proper relationship with the beautiful space around them. So, what’s the exact distance that helps you best appreciate a work of art, or a photo?

The correct answer is the diagonal length of the full frame of a subject.

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The best standpoint from which to appreciate the full view of a subject is the distance of the diagonal length of the subject frame. This wider angle is superior to standing closer at a 50 degree angle to get a more detailed view. This notion of an ideal distance or view point is also applicable in the world of photography.

For still images, keeping a distance equal to the diagonal length of the full image surface is recommended. The full frame sensor of a digital camera is 36 x 24mm and the diagonal length is 43.26mm so any distance close to this number is nearer to the ideal than the currently accepted industry standard of 50mm.

Back when film cameras were common, 45mm was the industry standard and this continued as reflex cameras needed extra space to fit a mirror. However, as mirrorless cameras become more popular again, there has been a need to return to this industry standard…which is the impetus for the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE. With less distortion than a 35mm lens and wider angles than a 55mm lens, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is a perfect lens for portraits, landscapes, architecture photography, and pictures of pets.

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