Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II Lens
A collection of information, samples and links for Canon’s Mk2 14 mm EF lens
The EF14mm 2.8L II Lens dates from August, 2007.
It’s Canon’s replacement for the 1991 EF 14mm 2.8L. It is the shortest focal length rectilinear lens in the EF range, with a 114° angle of view.
Along with the EF8-15 fisheye and TS-E17 it’s a regular in my kit bag when I need wide angle coverage. There are some example images further down this page, taken with my 1Ds Mk3. There are also some comparisons in my Samyang 14mm review.
It remained a regular until I got the EF11-24mm f4L (review) in 2015, which is now my standard choice for a wide rectilinear lens.
For info and data on all EF lenses see our EFLens.com site.
October – lens now supported in DxO 6.5 (review)
Although -still- not supported in DxO (for our 1Ds3), we’ve included images from this lens in our review of DxO Optics Pro V6.2
Although not yet supported in DxO, we’ve included images from this lens in our review of DxO Optics Pro V5.3
2008 February 8th
A few 14mm examples (1Ds3 hand held), in Holy Trinity church, Blythburgh Suffolk, UK
The vaulted ceiling – one of the finest wooden roofs in the country, showing signs of much of the original 15th century decoration.
If you are ever in East Anglia driving up the main coast road (the A12), then stop off in Blythburgh for a quick visit – you won’t regret it.
I only recently found out that Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. eldest brother of President Kennedy was killed in a wartime aircrash a mile south of Blythburgh.
100% crop from the image
another view of the church
2007 December 15th Some examples of using this lens are on our Using the 1Ds Mark 3 page, including use of DPP to correct image aberations.
Canon 1Ds3 + 14mm 2.8L II
There are some reviews showing up in the FM Reviews section for this lens as well
2007 November 29th We’ve just had the 14mm turn up with our new 1Ds3, so we’ll make sure to include info on our 1Ds3 ‘impressions’ page
August 20th [Canon PR]
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 20 August, 2007: Canon today releases its ultra-wide EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens. With the shortest focal length in Canon’s renowned professional L-series range, the lens boasts a 114° angle of view; exceeded only by Canon’s EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye.
The newly designed lens incorporates aspherical and UD elements to achieve the very highest standards of image fidelity. With the latest Ultrasonic Motor for fast and accurate auto focus and the addition of dust and moisture sealing, it replaces the enormously popular EF14mm f/2.8L USM.
The EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM features:
Extreme resolving power, superb contrast and sharpness across the frame through the use of aspheric and UD lens elements
Large f/2.8 aperture for low-light shooting
Latest Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and near silent auto focus with excellent holding torque
Full-time manual focus override via a large rubber ring that does not rotate during auto focus
Super Spectra coatings and optimised lens element shaping to suppress flare and ghosting
Large circular aperture diaphragm for good background bokeh and ‘removal’ of distracting backgrounds at wide apertures
Lens hood and pouch included in the box
The L-series is Canon’s flagship professional lens range, designed and built to meet the needs of the most demanding professional photographers. The optics of the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and other L-series lenses represent the pinnacle of optical performance, enabling focal length/speed/quality combinations not readily attainable using traditional optical technologies.
The lens’ ultra-wide 114° angle of view can be used by photographers to dramatic effect. Effective for photographing buildings and other large subjects where the photographer cannot get enough distance to include everything in the frame, the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM is also ideal for small interiors. The lens’ closest focusing distance of just 20cm allows photographers to get remarkably close to subjects for creative wide-angle shots.
Aspherical and UD elements
The EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM incorporates two aspherical lens elements to ensure high corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the focus range and at wide apertures. Pristine image quality is further assured through the incorporation of an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element, used to suppress chromatic aberration and associated colour fringing.
Super Spectra coatings
In addition to optimised lens shaping to reduce reflections and the use of anti-reflective material inside the lens barrel, the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM employs Canon’s patented Super Spectra lens element coatings. These suppress flare and ghosting – more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. By increasing light absorption, coatings reduce reflections off lens element surfaces to deliver crisp, undistorted images with natural colour balance.
The EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM includes an integrated petal hood and redesigned lens cap [Which works well – KC].
In keeping with Canon’s Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, the lens features only lead-free glass.
2007 August 19th A new 14mm (info via Amazon – who seem to have jumped the gun a bit with the release)
Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II USM Lens
Designed primarily for discerning landscape and architectural photographers, the Canon EF14mm f2.8L II USM lens is ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s full-frame capability. Measuring 3.7 inches in length and weighing in at under 23 ounces, this ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is well corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114-degree diagonal angle of view, and delivers high-speed autofocus with higher image quality overall including superior peripheral image quality, compared to its predecessor, the stalwart EF 14mm f2.8L USM lens.
While its large diameter, high-precision aspherical and UD elements, optimized lens element positioning, and flare and ghost-reducing lens coating ensure that this lens delivers the top optical performance in its professional class, Canon has added other features photographers have been asking for–improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel and focusing ring, and a round aperture that creates a nice background blur and makes it easier to recognize an out-of-focus scene in less than brightly lit conditions. Furthermore, Canon has created a new lens cap specifically for the EF 14mm f2.8L II USM that is held to the lens by a stopper.
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