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by Camellia Staab May. 20, 2018 210 views

Got a new wide lens for my camera, 14mm to be exact and not a fish-eye. It is all manual, manual focus and manual f/stop, but the price was too good to pass. Took some pictures of the view from our back yard. BTW the corn was planted two weeks ago and it's already up.

While it seems to do alright with wide open landscape, there does seem to be some distortion in the corners. Especially the last photo. Bottom left corner, the Hosta plant looks blurry and the large tree toward the top right hand looks like it is shifting to the right. What do you think? Give me your honest opinions and suggestions :)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

I like the test photos. I believe this lens is made for a full frame sensor,and is known for some fall of in the corners. I have the 85mm f1.4 from Samyang and love it. They are for creative shooting, not for the technical perfect photo. Price quality they are a good deal. Just test it more and the alligment with objects and buildings is a must with a wide angle.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks Peter. I think the lens will do fine for as you said creative shooting. The price was right so even if I used it sparingly it is worth it.
Is your 85mm macro?

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

No macro, but a very very good bokeh. Can use it as a macro with tubes. Samyang has a 100mm macro that they say is quite good.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks Peter, I'll look into that one :)

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

I believe you're right. This lens works wonderfully when someone needs to take pictures of wide landscapes, like your corn fields.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

+1

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Andi Saw 1 year, 4 months ago
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Camellia Staab Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 4 months ago

Andi this is feed corn, unless you want a tummy ache, it's not good for human consumption :)

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Lisa Britton 1 year, 4 months ago

Your landscapes are beautiful. Very nice

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lisa Britton 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you Lisa :)

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Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

14mm is gonna have some distortion in the corners although I think there are a few brands that do not have as much issue with it. 1 suggestion is play with the same scene Work your way up and down the aperture range from wide open to stopped down. I would suggest a tripod and a remote release (if you have it) but the tripod would be a must or a table with bag of rice so the scene does not change at all. Also make sure it is not a windy or breezy day if you are outside. Find out where the corner distortion is worse or better and then you have the knowledge of if I am at say f8 I have to watch the corners of the frame .I know my sigma at 10mm has horrid distortion if I am not careful. 
The shots are great and when I look at a wider angle shot I tend to blank out the corners in my mind unless they are to the point they draw attention .

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks Russ for the detailed suggestion. My biggest problem is that I don't play with the f/stops as much as I should. I have found myself using the same f/stop over and over again and changing the shutter speed instead when needed. Yesterday, I went out with my zoom lens and forced myself to play with the f/stop button instead of the shutter speed button, and low and behold, I could see the difference. But with the  zoom lens I can change the stops through the camera, while with the wide I have to do it manually, so I have to train myself to play with it. I have a tripod and I have a remote trigger so following your suggestions will not be too hard. Thanks again :)

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

I am a fiddler so I play with things to figure it out . Also play with the composition and you will find what makes the distortion worse or better also play with the cropping and get a feel for that maybe like a 4x5 or 8x10 crop and that would cause the corners to be lost . I tend to go in spurts with what I use for aperture and have to remind myself to use other ones or remind myself that I can use this lens or that lens at this aperture I just will loose this part of the image so I adjust accordingly . I think for me it is also about trying to get the most out of what I have for gear and not allowing myself to use its flaws as an excuse.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

I am a self taught photographer and  I too go through spurts. Some days I focus on composition, other days I focus on post production (I'll take these pics and fix them later) other days I focus on light, and some days I just like to hear the click of the shutter and see the results later. All in all this is a hobby and the fun of it is to experiment. So if I complain, I am not really complaining, just looking for other's point of view and you have been more than helpful. Sometimes I see things, sometimes I don't so it's always nice to hear others' pow.

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Jill Bahm Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree with Russ on the aperture - maybe just stand in one spot and adjust while keeping the rest on auto so you can test the differences. Also - is there a bit of dust on the lens or maybe your sensor? I see it in the sky of the top images (which I really like with the stormy-looking sky).

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jill Bahm 1 year, 4 months ago

Jill which particular picture do you see the dust? I have been shooting like a mad man since I got this camera and lens and have not cleaned, so good possibility, but need to see what you see :)

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Jill Bahm Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

I did a screenshot and will send it to you via the message board area.

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Sydney Solomon 1 year, 5 months ago

Camellia..Wow...that is your back yard? 
"It's hew-g, one of the hew-gest ever" anguished
Was that a mom's day present for you? 
I think you are being hard on yourself, to me the photo's look fine. What do I know about fine photographer!!!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 1 year, 5 months ago

My back yard butts into farmland. The farmer plans beans and corn. This year it's corn's turn, to my dismay since the corn gets really, really tall and blocks the view.

Yes, Sydney I gave myself a mom's day present grinning

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Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes Camellia, your entitled to buy yourself a present on M.Day, and your B.Day, I am not insulating otherwise. I am an equal opportunity gift buyer for oneself.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you Syd. I figured you were an equal opportunist :)

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

I see what you mean about the distortion. 
Have you spoken with the vendor, since you discovered the problem?  
Did you look for a review of the lens on:

https://kenrockwell.com/index.htm

What is your vendors return policy, etc?

Good luck! Keep us posted!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

Jay I did read our friend Ken's review prior to purchase and he said there would be distortion but for the price it would be worth it. I am just surprise at the randomness of the distortion. Otherwise it's pretty sharp don't you think?

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Ohhh....OK........I guess you'll have to make the decision if it's worth it, or whether to see when the return deadline is due.......

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree, the landscape is perfect, but the blurr in the corners of #5 is visible.
I didn't expect that - except for such models like my camera (Panasonic TZ 91), which is this compact all inclusive, random surprise me and nothing is perfect model for Dummies. *sigh*

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 5 months ago

I am still laughing from your last few comment lines. You are funny. Actually I am not surprised, just surpised that it doesn't happen in all pictures. The review on this lens did indicate distortion because of its width.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Maybe I'm not right about it, so take it as a suggestion to a discussion:
If you use the lense in a wide landscape like the field, there will be nothing, what set limits to it. The narrow garden with structures nearby doesn't give the lens the advantage of "all you can capture", which is the strength of tis lens.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

Actually what you are saying makes a lot of sense to me. Confining a wide angle lens causes the distortion, that's why I am seeing the blurriness but not seeing it in the field because it is wide open. This lens review did indicate that it was one of the best of landscape and definitely not to use it for capturing humans unless you want a caricature :)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Maybe you will need for some people a wide lens too ... joy

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

Oh I have a picture I took on Saturday that definitely needed a wide, wide lens ;)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

joy

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