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Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
     

    Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

    Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Item #: CAN-EF14LIIUSM   •   MFG #: 2045B002

     

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    Ultra-wide angle lenses have always been in demand by architectural, corporate, and other top pro photographers. This new lens features completely redesigned optics including 2 high-precision Aspherical elements and two totally new UD-glass elements. The result is superior image quality: better contrast and sharpness at the outer edges, and a reduction in chromatic aberrations that can sometimes be seen with high-resolution digital SLRs. Its diagonal angle of view is an impressive 114°-anything larger would be a Fisheye lens. It has a built-in lens hood, and has been dust- and moisture- proofed. The lens uses a rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and a powerful ring-type USM with revised electronics for faster, more responsive AF. This lens continues the proud tradition of superior clarity optics found in L-series Canon lenses.

     
    • Features

      • 2 high-precision aspherical elements and 2 UD-glass elements
      • Diagonal angle of view is 114 Degrees
      • Built-in lens hood, is dust- and moisture-proofed
      • Rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and a ring-type USM for faster, more responsive AF
       
    • Specifications

      • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 14mm f/2.8
      • Lens Construction 14 elements in 11 groups
      • Diagonal Angle of View 114 Degrees (on full-frame cameras)
      • Focus Adjustment AF with full-time manual
      • Closest Focusing Distance 7.9 in. / 0.2m
      • Filter Size Gel filter holder at rear of lens
       
     

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    CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

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    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Superior build quality (9)
    • Fast auto-focus (7)
    • Super-sharp images (5)

    Cons

    • Semi-sharp images (4)

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Big bucks but worth it

    For architectural and interior shooters with full frame bodies this lens will be a staple right next to the EF 15 2.8. Much improved for digital bodies in the corners with less vignetting and...Read complete review

    For architectural and interior shooters with full frame bodies this lens will be a staple right next to the EF 15 2.8. Much improved for digital bodies in the corners with less vignetting and chromatic abberation. Heavy and easy to damage though not usually a problem on a tripod. Really expensive upgrade for what you get IMO as the old EF 14 2.8L USM was O.K. on film but really not a particularly great lens on a digial body. For digital you almost have to have the mkII version unless you are willing to carefully correct the chromatic abberations in LR or CS4. Pricey but if you have to shoot wide there is nothing else to compete with it for a full frame Canon digital body.

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    14/2.8II Not Fully Sharp Until f/11

    I mostly photograph weddings and I purchased the 14/2.8II because I already have the 24/1.4II and 35/1.4 and I was going to use these three lenses to cover the range that I...Read complete review

    I mostly photograph weddings and I purchased the 14/2.8II because I already have the 24/1.4II and 35/1.4 and I was going to use these three lenses to cover the range that I normally cover with the 16-35/2.8II and the 15/2.8 fisheye lenses. I like the quality of primes because they minimally distort, are razor sharp, and are fast. At least, that's been my experience, and I was hoping to repeat it with this lens. What I found is that the 14/2.8II at f/2.8 is acceptably sharp at the center, but moving away from the center toward the edges it is very unsharp. The edges didn't sharpen much until f/5.6, with full sharpening by f/11. This is worse than the 16-35/2.8II, which is generally sharp throughout the entire image starting at f/2.8. Also, the 14/2.8II still retains the 6 bladed aperture to produce a 6 point sunburst flare, which does not look realistic, while the 16-35/2.8II has a 7 bladed aperture that produces a 14 point sunburst. So, shooting into the sun or at night with streetlamps, all of these point sources of light have sparse-looking 6 pointed stars. After shooting several images side-by-side with the 16-35/2.8II, I realized that I can step back with the 16-35/2.8II to get the same focal length as the 14mm, then correct barrel distortion in LR4 to get an image that looks virtually identical to the 14/2.8II, yet of better sharpness. Also, unlike the 16-35/2.8II, this lens has a purple fringe up to f/11, and it is noticeable on backlit subjects. The AF on this lens (using center AF point) focuses slightly better than the 16-35/2.8II in low light by about 1/2 stop. But, using using AF points farthest from the center (on the 1DX) produced out-of-focus images, no matter the light. Focus and recompose was the only way to get off-center compositions to be sharp. I'm not sure if the glass being convex is the cause of the AF not being accurate away from the center, but this is not a problem with the 15/2.8 fisheye, which is also convex. The 16-35/2.8II and my other lenses don't have this problem either. Basically, I expect a prime to be better than a zoom in nearly every respect, particularly at its widest aperture. This lens is only better in its elimination of barrel distortion and nearly everything else is worse than the 16-35/2.8II. Well, OK - it does have less vignetting than the 16-35/2.8II wide open. But, this is basically a f/5.6 lens with edge-to-edge sharpness becoming equivalent to the 16-35/2.8II at f/11. I do not consider this to be a lens for anything but landscapes and architecture, where most images are photographed at f/11 and higher.

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    5.0

    Stunning

    By solobackcountry

    from Gilbert, AZ, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

    A stunning wide angle landscape lens on APS-C. APS-C reviews on this lens are rare. I'm using this lens on the new 80D. 22.5mm after the crop factor is perfect for wide landscape work. Images are edge to edge sharp from f/8 to f/16 and barrel distortion is minimal. Clarity, contrast, and color is excellent. These qualities are exactly what you want for pro landscape photography. If you're serious about wide angle landscape photography on APS-C, this is the right tool for the job. Don't believe the negative comments on technical reviews claiming that this lens is not worth the money over the EF-S lens options. The only advantage to the EF-S is if you need ultra-wide. This lens is probably overkill for general consumer use. The price is a bit steep. It really comes down to what you're trying to achieve and what you expect. You get what you pay for. If you need it, you need it..

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not happy with this lens

    By budnjax

    from Jacksonville, FL

    Pros

    • Fast auto-focus
    • Superior build quality

    Cons

    • Semi-sharp images

    Best Uses

      Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

      I tested this lens on a full frame camera at every aperture under a variety of settings. The lens was not real sharp, even in the center, until around f/8 and showed a lot of distortion towards the edges regardless of the aperture setting. I did not encounter any lens flare or mechanical problems with this lens, which is very solidly built. However, due to the optical performance I can not recommend this lens for purchase.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent lens

      By Stiffy

      from Steamboat Springs, Colo

      Pros

      • crazy wide
      • Fast auto-focus
      • Superior build quality
      • Super-sharp images

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

          this is the best super wide for architectural photography! crazy wide, minimal distortion, minimal chromatic abberation, sharp margins, fast lens.

          (42 of 51 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          14/2.8II Not Fully Sharp Until f/11

          By Indy Photog

          from Greenwood, IN

          Pros

          • almost no barrel distortion
          • Fast auto-focus
          • less vignetting than 16-35/2.8ii wide open
          • slightly better af than 16-35/2.8ii in low light
          • Superior build quality

          Cons

          • 6 bladed aperture produces 6 point sunburst flare
          • edge to edge sharpness terrible until f/5.6ish
          • expensive considering not fully sharp until f/11
          • must focus/recompose using center af
          • not as sharp as 16-35/2.8ii
          • purple fringe until f/11
          • Semi-sharp images
          • using off center af points not accurate

          Best Uses

            Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

            I mostly photograph weddings and I purchased the 14/2.8II because I already have the 24/1.4II and 35/1.4 and I was going to use these three lenses to cover the range that I normally cover with the 16-35/2.8II and the 15/2.8 fisheye lenses. I like the quality of primes because they minimally distort, are razor sharp, and are fast. At least, that's been my experience, and I was hoping to repeat it with this lens. What I found is that the 14/2.8II at f/2.8 is acceptably sharp at the center, but moving away from the center toward the edges it is very unsharp. The edges didn't sharpen much until f/5.6, with full sharpening by f/11. This is worse than the 16-35/2.8II, which is generally sharp throughout the entire image starting at f/2.8. Also, the 14/2.8II still retains the 6 bladed aperture to produce a 6 point sunburst flare, which does not look realistic, while the 16-35/2.8II has a 7 bladed aperture that produces a 14 point sunburst. So, shooting into the sun or at night with streetlamps, all of these point sources of light have sparse-looking 6 pointed stars. After shooting several images side-by-side with the 16-35/2.8II, I realized that I can step back with the 16-35/2.8II to get the same focal length as the 14mm, then correct barrel distortion in LR4 to get an image that looks virtually identical to the 14/2.8II, yet of better sharpness. Also, unlike the 16-35/2.8II, this lens has a purple fringe up to f/11, and it is noticeable on backlit subjects. The AF on this lens (using center AF point) focuses slightly better than the 16-35/2.8II in low light by about 1/2 stop. But, using using AF points farthest from the center (on the 1DX) produced out-of-focus images, no matter the light. Focus and recompose was the only way to get off-center compositions to be sharp. I'm not sure if the glass being convex is the cause of the AF not being accurate away from the center, but this is not a problem with the 15/2.8 fisheye, which is also convex. The 16-35/2.8II and my other lenses don't have this problem either. Basically, I expect a prime to be better than a zoom in nearly every respect, particularly at its widest aperture. This lens is only better in its elimination of barrel distortion and nearly everything else is worse than the 16-35/2.8II. Well, OK - it does have less vignetting than the 16-35/2.8II wide open. But, this is basically a f/5.6 lens with edge-to-edge sharpness becoming equivalent to the 16-35/2.8II at f/11. I do not consider this to be a lens for anything but landscapes and architecture, where most images are photographed at f/11 and higher.

            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sharpest Image Ever

            By Jay

            from Chicago

            Pros

            • Fast auto-focus
            • Superior build quality
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                I purchased this lens in 2008 based on Canon's reputation and my personal experience with a wide range of canon fixed focal lenses that I had purchased over the years. The pictures I took with this lens were so sharp, it changed my understanding of lenses altogether. Case in point, I took a picture of the night sky in Canada on oct 21, 2011. the settings were f/2.8, 15 seconds, ISO 2000. I noticed a cluster of stars at the edge of the image. When I zoomed in it turned out to be the Pleiades constellation. I could actually see all seven sisters. I am so happy with this lens, the next one will be the 17mm f/4L TS-E.

                (39 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                poor image quality

                By leoo

                from Miami

                Pros

                • Superior build quality

                Cons

                • blury images
                • high chromatic aberration
                • Poor image quality
                • Semi-sharp images

                Best Uses

                  Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                  I have been using Canon for a long time now. I thought the Couldn't do a bad product based on reputation and price. This is the most expensive wide lens they offer. I just bought it. What a mistake! I couldn't believe the results so I sent the lens to CPS (Canon Pro Services) to repair. It came back still couldn't believe the result of the pics. I sent the lens along with my 5D II to repair 3 more times (as they request to test the camera). I spoke to customer care rep., supervisors, 1 tech and finally the "ambassador". So finally I believe it. The lens is sharp only in the very center of the frame (circle where you focus) the rest of the image is bury and have chromatic aberration at the point it can be used. I had to star using my old 15-30 3.5 not canon lens. I asked if I could return it since I can use it. It was not possible. Just go to an store and test it and down load it to your computer. Very disappointed.

                  (40 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Disappointed

                  By HangGlider

                  from Denver, CO

                  Pros

                  • Superior build quality

                  Cons

                  • Semi-sharp images

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                    I rented this lens a couple of times before deciding to make the purchase. When I received the lens, I spent the time to adjust the microfocus on my 5D Mk II - and then I took the lens to Canyonlands National Park in Utah for some serious landscape work. I shot with it mounted on a tripod, mirror lockup, remote shutter release. The resulting images are sharp in the center, and horribly soft on the edges. Thinking the issue was that I was shooting at f/8, I did some experimenting and shot at f/22, f/16, f/8, and f/4. The only shots that come close to "good" focus were taken at f/22. Perhaps I have a bad copy of this lens - but so far it's a major disappointment.

                    (50 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best colors for landscapes

                    By Ted

                    from Honolulu, HI

                    Pros

                    • deep rich colors
                    • Fast auto-focus
                    • impressive depth of field results
                    • Superior build quality
                    • Super-sharp images

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                        This lens is sharp and distortion free. My favorite characteristic is the great color rendition possible when using this lens. Stunning landscapes and dramatic building shots are the norm.

                        (90 of 98 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Big bucks but worth it

                        By EOS4me

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        Pros

                        • Fast auto-focus
                        • much improved over old mki for digital shooters
                        • Superior build quality
                        • Super-sharp images

                        Cons

                        • Cost

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                          For architectural and interior shooters with full frame bodies this lens will be a staple right next to the EF 15 2.8. Much improved for digital bodies in the corners with less vignetting and chromatic abberation. Heavy and easy to damage though not usually a problem on a tripod. Really expensive upgrade for what you get IMO as the old EF 14 2.8L USM was O.K. on film but really not a particularly great lens on a digial body. For digital you almost have to have the mkII version unless you are willing to carefully correct the chromatic abberations in LR or CS4. Pricey but if you have to shoot wide there is nothing else to compete with it for a full frame Canon digital body.

                          (118 of 131 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          the best for landscape and architecture

                          By scjurgen

                          from New York, NY

                          Pros

                          • Fast auto-focus
                          • Superior build quality
                          • Super-sharp images

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2045B002 EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                              I got more and more unsatisfied with a 12-24mm third party lens (strong distortions, blurred edge) on my 5D mark ii, so I finally decided to upgrade to this extraordinary lens. Very crisp images, limited distortions, and a remarkable fast 2.8 makes it a perfect landscape lens on the Canon 5D mark ii. I used it also on a party, well, the results where really cool. The only annoying thing is the high pricetag, but still, it is worse every cent.

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