Overview of YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

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YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N. Lens shown on a film SLR camera Nikon EL2.

Navigation

  1. In short
  2. History
  3. All lenses from Yongnuo
  4. Main Specifications
  5. Assembly
  6. Focusing
  7. Firmware Upgrade
  8. Image quality
  9. Sample Photos (FX + DX)
  10. My experience
  11. Alternatives
  12. All Super Wide Angle Nikon Nikkor Lenses
  13. Price
  14. Results
  15. User Comments
  16. Add your review or question on the lens

In this review, the 'YONGNUO LENS YN14mm F2.8N' lens (as written on the lens barrel) will be abbreviated as'Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N'.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

In short

Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is a fast ultra wide-angle lens from Yongnuo for Nikon full-frame SLR cameras. Heavy, well-built, with decent image quality, but of course with some significant drawbacks. Has a low price tag (as for a lens of this class) and is very attractive solution for amateur photographers.

All in all, Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is an alternative to the original old man Nikon 14 / 2.8Dand can also serve as a replacement for 'inexpensive' manual similar lenses.

Full-frame autofocus lens-class 14 / 2.8 - this is a 'serious' optics, which is used by professionals and advanced amateurs who know exactly what they need.

On full-frame cameras, the diagonal angle of view is 114 degrees, on cropped cameras it is only 90 degrees, and EGF equals 21 mm. On Nikon DX cameras, it's still better to look at something else.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

History

December 22, 2017 was introduced Yongnuo lens 14 mm 1:2.8 (model YN14mm F2.8) for Canon EOS SLR cameras.

On February 12, 2018, Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N was introduced for Nikon full-frame SLR cameras with Nikon F mount.

Let me remind you that the first lens from Yongnuo Digital was a fifty dollars for Canon EOS cameras - Yongnuo Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.8 (YN50mm F1.8), introduced already in 2014, and the first lens for Nikon was Yongnuo 50mm 1: 1.8 (YN50mm F1.8N) introduced in 2016.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N


All Yongnuo Lenses

Bayonet mount Sony FE [DF, FULL FRAME] и Sony E [DA, APS-C]:

  1. yongnuo 16 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM S [announcement]
  2. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 DF DSM S [review]
  3. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S [announce]
  4. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DA DSM S [overview]
  5. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM S [review]
  6. yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM S II [announcement]

Bayonet mount Canon RF (mirrorless full frame):

  1. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 DF DSM R [review]
  2. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM R [review]

Bayonet mount Nikon Z (mirrorless full frame):

  1. yongnuo 35 mm 1:2 DF DSM Z [announcement]
  2. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM Z [announcement]
  3. yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 DF DSM Z [announcement]

For the system Micro 4 / 3:

  1. yongnuo 25 mm 1: 1.7 [review]
  2. yongnuo 42.5 mm 1: 1.7 [review]
  3. yongnuo 42.5 mm 1:1.7 II [overview]
  4. yongnuo 12-35 mm 1:2.8-4 STM ASPH MACRO [pending announcement]

Bayonet mount Nikon f (mirrored full frame):

  1. yongnuo 14 mm 1: 2.8 [overview]
  2. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 [overview]
  3. yongnuo 40 mm 1: 2.8 [overview]
  4. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 [review]
  5. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.4 E [overview]
  6. yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO MF [overview]
  7. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 [overview]
  8. yongnuo 100 mm 1: 2 [overview]

Bayonet mount Canon EF (mirrored full frame):

  1. yongnuo 14 mm 1: 2.8 [aliexpres]
  2. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 2 [review]
  3. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4 [overview]
  4. yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4C DF UWM [announce]
  5. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.8 [overview]
  6. yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 II [overview]
  7. yongnuo 50 mm 1: 1.4 [overview]
  8. yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO MF [aliexpress]
  9. yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8 [review]
  10. yongnuo 100 mm 1: 2 [overview]

Lenses and cameras and many other products from Yongnuo can easily be found at Authorized Yongnuo Dealer / Store on Aliexpres.

My video on all Yongnuo lenses here.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Main technical characteristics of YONGNUO LENS YN14mm F2.8N

Review Instance Name On the case of YONGNUO LENS YN14mm F2.8N YONGNUO LENS MADE IN JAPAN. On the box: YOUNGNUO DIGITAL Ultra-wide Anglde Prime Lens YN14mm F2.8N
Basic properties
  • N (Nikon) - lens designed for full-frame cameras Nikon fx
  • DC motor - built-in micro focus motoranalog Nikon AF-I / AF-S
  • Lack of aperture control ring, analog Nikon G
  • AF / MF (Auto Focus - Mannual Focus) - the lens is equipped with a focus mode switch
  • USB port to upgrade lens firmware
  • Multi-Enlightened Optics
  • Microprocessor Gold Plated Contacts
  • Metal mount
  • Metal hood
  • Separate window focusing distance scale
  • DOF Scale
  • The optical design uses many different special optical elements.
  • YONGNUO FH150 Filter Holder Support
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter front filters are not supported
Focal length 14 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 21 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for full-frame and cropped Nikon digital cameras
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Tags bayonet mount tag, window with a scale of focusing distances in meters and feet, DOF scale (only for F / 5.6, 16, 22)
Diaphragm F / 2.8 to F / 22
MDF 0.2 m, maximum magnification factor 0.15x (1: 6.67)
The weight 780 g

according to my measurements:

  • 787.2 grams without lids
  • 842.3 grams with caps
Optical design 12 elements in 9 groups

Optical design Yongnuo 14 / 2.8NThe lens uses special optical elements: low dispersion elements, aspherical elements, elements with anomalous dispersion, and also with an extremely high refractive index. One of the elements is simultaneously aspherical and low dispersion.

Lens hood Built-in metal
Manufacturer country MADE IN CHINA (Made in China)
Period Since 12 February 2018
Instructions View my scan (English only)
Price Prices for Aliexpress from a trusted seller

Yongnuo quickly mastered aspheric, low dispersion, and high refractive index elements. The back element is at the same time both low dispersive and aspherical. Nikon took a very long time to mass introduction of such elements. What giant companies did, Yongnuo was able to repeat in just 3 years.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Assembly

The lens came to the review completely new.

The box contains a warranty card, instructions in Chinese and English, a card with a production date of 21/09/2018, a desiccant, a soft foam insert under the lens and the lens itself with a front and back cover in a small plastic bag. The covers are made of thick plastic. The front and rear lenses of the lens are initially covered with special transport films of blue color.

In general, the lens is well assembled. Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N has metal mount mount. The focus ring is very wide and rubberized, tactilely pleasant. The front of the case is made of metal, the back of plastic. It is stated that the contacts of the microprocessor are gold-plated.

The weight of the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N lens itself is almost 800 grams. In the hands of the lens feels like a good thing, and at first could not believe that this 'Chinese lens'. The lens weighs even more than the original Nikon 14 / 2.8D.

Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N design reminds Canon Lens EF 14mm 1: 2.8 L II USM. The yellow ring is metallic in appearance and touch, shimmers with light as if it is chrome-plated. In photographs, the ring seems to be just a colored strip, but in a lively visual perception of the ring has a slightly different effect. Perhaps this ring should make reference to Nikon professional lenses, for example, in addition Nikon 14 / 2.8D.

Diaphragm consists of 7 petals and form a hole in the shape of a regular heptagon, while in the photographs in the blur zone rather round discs of blur appear in range F / 2.8-F / 4.

The lens has a USB port in the lower rear of the lens (in the bayonet area). The port serves to update the firmware (described in detail about this in the relevant chapter) The USB port does not have a rubber plug.

Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N uses built-in metal hood. The front cover is huge has latches. The front protective cover can only be installed in a certain position. There are no marks for finding this position, but it is quick and easy to touch. The latch latches should fit onto the larger petals of the hood. The cap does not fly off the lens spontaneously. Yongnuo Digital is not oriented to the position of the lens.

UPDATED: Yongnuo company for the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N lens and the like released an additional special holder for front filters - YONGNUO FH150.

Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N does not have a rubber mount mount and is not an all-weather lens.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Focusing

The lens has built-in focus motor DC-type (DDirectly Current Motor- ordinary DC motor). To be precise, the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is an analog of the Nikon series lenses AF-I. Unlike lenses Nikon AF-Sthat use ultrasonic focusing motors Nikon SWMold lenses Nikon AF-I use a built-in buzzing micro focus motor similar to the Yongnuo DC.

The lens will automatically focus on all Nikon DSLR cameraseven on amateur series models Nikon DXthat do not have a built-in focus motor: D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600as well as mirrorless cameras Nikon Z with adapter FTZ / FTZ II.

When focusing, the motor practically does not make noise. The noise from Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is much less than from the non-motor Nikon 14 / 2.8D.

Auto Focus Speed average. Focusing speed is enough for comfortable work in most photo tasks. The lens travel time in one direction and the other varies slightly. From MDF to infinity, the lens focuses a little slower (cause unknown).

When used on cameras Nikon D90 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system) and with Nikon D700 (with advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX Focusing System) I did not have any particular problems. The quality of work varies slightly from camera to camera. Focusing errors are rare, the lens usually focuses accurately and does not scour the search for the exact focus.

On camera Nikon D90 I checked the presence of the back and focus front at different focusing distances (infinity and MDF as well). Pictures taken using the Live View mode (which does not suffer from back / front focus) were used as a measure. Focusing accuracy using phase sensors completely coincided with the Live View mode.

The focus ring is rubberized and rotates approximately 200 degrees in manual focus mode. When extreme positions are reached, the ring does not abut, but continues to rotate. Manual focus is quite convenient. Focus ring can easy to rotate with one finger. The ring rotates smoothly and quite pleasantly. There is a small rubbing sound from the rotation of the ring, and there is also a small lag of the focus ring during a change in the direction of rotation (it almost does not affect the usability of the lens).

There is a 'AF-MF' (auto focus / manual focus) mode switch on the lens body. During auto focus focus ring remains stationarywhile it can be freely rotated 360 degrees without any effect on focusing. Unfortunately, unlike many original Nikon lenses, the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N does not support continuous manual focus control. Nikon M / A (or similar), and the direction of rotation of the focus ring does not match the original Nikon 14 / 2.8D.

Lens has internal focus, the front lens remains stationary during focusing. During focusing, only the rear lens moves and rotates (the so-called 'rear-focusing' principle, focusing using the rear elements).

The lens has a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet. The number of values ​​on the scale is small, the scale itself is not very useful.

The minimum focusing distance is 20 cm, and the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 6.67 (0.15 X magnification, the same as Nikon 14 / 2.8D).

Focus Features:

  1. Important: the quality of the focus of the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N in Live View is highly dependent on the firmware and the camera used. It is reliably known that Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N with firmware 1.02 does not have special focus problems in Live View with Nikon D700, Nikon D90but still focuses very slowly and not confidently, worse than with the original lenses
  2. Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N has a small 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases.
  3. Focus Shift (focus shift, changing focus distance due to iris)
  4. Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N does not have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens to infinity under any external temperature conditions. For accurate aiming at infinity, you cannot just bring the focus ring to its extreme position.
  5. The lens transmits the distance to the subject in the camera and is Nikon D-lens equivalent. How exactly this function works is unknown. Most likely, there should not be any special problems with the flash.
  6. Unknown compatibility with Nikon FTZ and Nikon FT1 adapters

Important: Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is a third-party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some cameras. Details on this issue are considered by me. here. Whether the ability to upgrade firmware will help is unknown.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

USB firmware update

The Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N lens barrel has a USB port that can be used to update the software (firmware / firmware) of the lens. Unfortunately, the functionality of the YNLensTool Updater Version 1.00 program, which is responsible for working with the lens, is very poor. You can only view the current firmware version and update it to a new one. Firmware versions can be found on the official website. Firmware for Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N i downloaded on the official website.

A widespread USB 2.0 MICRO-B port (like a large number of portable devices) is used for connecting to the lens. A USB cable is not included. To connect, I used a USB cable for my old android phone. My lens already had the latest firmware V1.02, so I did not update it.

Firmware update YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Firmware update YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

A future firmware update, most likely, will improve the lens compatibility with new cameras, improve the auto focus function, and eliminate some other errors. I appreciated the usefulness of this function when working with lenses. Yongnuo 100mm 1: 2 и Yongnuo 40mm 1: 2.8 for Nikon cameras. But still, it’s very bad that there is no way to roll back (restore) the original firmware that came out of the box.

To upgrade the firmware (software) of the lens:

  1. Turn off the camera, detach the lens
  2. Open program YNLens Updater for updating (program for Windows or MacOs can be downloaded on the official website here)
  3. Attach the lens to the computer using a USB cable. If everything went well, the program will automatically detect the connected lens
  4. Click [Browse] and select the file with the desired firmware
  5. Click [Start] to start the update. Wait for the update to finish
  6. Disconnect the cable, attach the lens to the camera
YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Image quality

Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N shows the expected quality of the generated image. There are tangible positive aspects and tangibly negative ones.

Sharpness

  1. in the center of the frame at F / 2.8, the lens shows normal sharpness
  2. there is a noticeable drop in sharpness to the edges of the frame at f / 2.8
  3. important: the lens has a noticeable curvature of the field, which can sometimes complicate obtaining sharp angles and edges
  4. excellent resolution in the center of the frame at closed apertures after f / 4
  5.  resolution at the edges of the frame returns to normal on covered apertures after F / 8
  6. good contrast

Distortion

  1. barrel-shaped distortion
  2. the overall level of distortion is at a level typical for such lenses

Vignetting

  1. noticeable vignetting observed most strongly at F / 2.8-5.6
  2. vignetting decreases with focus towards MDF. Most noticeable when focusing on infinity
  3. on APS-C cameras with a sensor vignetting almost disappears at f / 4
  4. on DX cameras, vignetting is easily fixed in the editor
  5. it's important: most likely due to the unsuccessful design of the petals of the built-in hood, vignetting is present not only in the corners of the frame, but also along the edges of the frame in the form of thick gradient stripes, especially along the long side of the frame. This type of vignetting is poorly treated by closing the diaphragm. Most apparent when focusing on infinity

Aberration

  1. open diaphragms have a moderate amount of chromatic aberration
  2. the strongest chromatic aberration visible at the edges and corners of the image
  3. general level HA is at the level inherent for high quality lenses

Rest

  1. on covered diaphragms you can achieve a beautiful effect of a 14-ray star
  2. from bright light sources you can get small glare. There are no criticisms for working in the backlight
  3. diaphragm forms fairly smooth discs of blur only in the range of F / 2.8-F / 4, at values ​​of F / 4.5-F / 22, you can clearly trace the regular polygons from point light sources in the blur zone. But due to the fact that it is beyond the limits, this drawback is almost imperceptible during practical photography
  4. Blur discs have rough edgessomething like bulb bokeh

Important: at the time of the creation of this review, there was no Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N profile for popular RAW converters. But I noticed that for Yongnuo 50 / 1.8 lenses under Nikon / Canon, as well as for Yongnuo 35 / 2.0 under Canon, lens profiles for the latest versions of Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom have already appeared, therefore, most likely, the appearance of a lens profile for Yongnuo 35 /1.4 is only a matter of time.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Sample Photos

Camera shots Nikon D700. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, converting the source RAW files with the original Nikon Capture NX-D utility without making any additional adjustments.

RAW source photos ('.NEF') can be downloaded at this link.

Camera shots Nikon D90. The photos in the gallery below were obtained by converting the source RAW files with the original Nikon Capture NX-D utility.

RAW source photos ('.NEF') can be downloaded at this link.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Alternatives

There are very few such autofocus lenses for full-frame Nikon SLR cameras. I only know:

  1. Samyang AF 14final match.
  2. Sigma 14 mm 1:1.8 DG HSM A [Art]
  3. Sigma 14 mm 1: 2.8 EX HSM Aspherical
  4. Sigma 14 mm AF1:3.5
  5. Sigma 14-24 mm 1: 2.8 DG HSM A [Art]
  6. Tamron AF 14 mm 1: 2.8 SP Aspherical [IF] Model 69
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 14 mm 1: 2.8D ED
  8. Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 14-24 mm 1: 2.8G VR N Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical

However, due to the specifics of working with such lenses, autofocus is not always needed, and here you can add a whole brood of manual options.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

All Nikon Nikkor Super Wide Angle Lenses

Nikkor F for SLR cameras:

  1. Nikon 14 mm 1: 2.8D AF
  2. Nikon 16 mm 1: 2.8D Fisheye AF
  3. Nikon 18 mm 1: 2.8D AF
  4. Nikon 20 mm 1:2.8 AF
  5. Nikon 20 mm 1: 2.8D AF
  6. Nikon 20 mm 1: 1.8G N AF S
  7. Nikon 8-15 mm 1: 3.5-4.5E Fisheye AF S
  8. Nikon 14-24 mm 1: 2.8G N AF S
  9. Nikon 16-35 mm 1: 4G VR N AF S
  10. Nikon 17-35 mm 1: 2.8D AF S
  11. Nikon 18-35 mm 1: 3.5-4.5D AF
  12. Nikon 18-35 mm 1: 3.5-4.5G AF S
  13. Nikon 20-35 mm 1: 2.8D AF

Nikkor Z for mirrorless cameras:

  1. Nikon 20 mm 1:1.8 S
  2. Nikon 14-24 1:2.8 S
  3. Nikon 14-30 mm 1:4 S
  4. Nikon 17-28 mm 1:2.8
YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

My experience

The 14 mm focal lengths at full frame are quite specific, with such a focal length you need to be able to shoot, and you also need scenes that are suitable for this type of shooting. It’s a little awkward for me how it happened that Yongnuo released an expensive one beyond the width, because its other lenses have much more popular focal lengths of 35, 40, 50, 85 and 100 mm, which, in many cases, are easier to use, and the price tag on them much lower.

For Nikon DX series crop cameras, it’s more efficient to use one of the high-aperture Tokina series wide-angle lenses AT-X PRO DX:

  1. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 (IF) DX ASPHERICAL
  2. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 (IF) DX II ASPHERICAL
  3. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 (IF) DX V (video version)
  4. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-20 F2.8 (IF) DX ASPHERICAL (highly recommend)
  5. Tokina AT-X PRO SD 14-20mm F2 (IF) DX

As for the full-frame Nikon FX cameras, the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is a good budget solution that will allow you to touch the world of high-aperture super wide-angle lenses.

I had more than a month on the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N review, I didn’t shoot very much on it (the specifics of 14 mm affected). During operation, no problems in operation were observed. Several times I shot for 1-2 hours at temperatures of -4 and -8 C. The lens behaved correctly.

With Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N I did it without problems take off at shutter speeds no longer than 1/15 of a second, and preferably no longer than 1/20 of a second, but if you ate very hard, you can get sharp shots from a series of shots even for 1/5 of a second.

With autofocus, the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is much easier to take sharp pictures than with any similar manual lens, especially on F / 2.8. It is believed that for super-wide the presence of autofocus is not so important as for longer telephoto lenses, in practice, for a number of photo tasks, astro-focus with super-wide is also very, very desirable.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

Prices

At the time of writing this review, the Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N was the most expensive lens among all Yongnuo models, it costs around $ 450 (more expensive YONGNUO YN35mm F1.4). Easiest and cheapest Buy Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N at Aliexpress.com, for example, from a trusted seller here at this link.

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N. Lens shown on a film SLR camera Nikon EL2.

Results

Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N is an affordable autofocus super-wide. Functionally good, it can serve as a budget solution before switching to more expensive equipment.

Advantages

  1. low cost (about $ 500 for a new Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N versus $ 1800 for the 'new' Nikon 14 / 2.8D)
  2. optical design uses many special optical elements
  3. USB port for firmware upgrade
  4. convenient manual focus, the focus ring rotates about 200 degrees
  5. there is a window with a scale of focusing distances
  6. internal focus
  7. fixed focus ring during auto focus
  8. fairly quiet focus
  9. good build quality: metal mount, built-in metal hood
  10. snap-on lid (e.g. Sigma 20mm 1: 1.4 DG Art there are no latches and the cover can easily fly off)
  11. depth of field scale, no focus shift
  12. there is an 'original' Yongnuo FH150 filter holder for the lens (purchased separately)
  13. seven-petal diaphragm, round discs of blur in the range of F / 2.8-F / 4
  14. Normal sharpness starting at f / 2.8 in the center of the frame. A moderate level of some optical distortion (aberration, vignetting on DX cameras, distortion) comparable to other similar lenses

Disadvantages

  1. limited options for adjusting the lens via the USB port. You can only upgrade the lens firmware. Cannot roll back firmware to previous version
  2. big weight (780 grams for Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N vs 670 grams for Nikon 14 / 2.8D)
  3. average focus speed (but not slow)
  4. ordinary micro focusing motor and, as a result, the lack of constant manual focus control, similar to, for example, M / A mode у Nikon 14-24 / 2.8G
  5. a small lag of the focus ring during manual focus when changing the direction of rotation
  6. the direction of rotation of the focus ring does not match the original Nikon 14 / 2.8D (critical for users who have a large fleet of native lenses)
  7. lens does not support classic thread filters
  8. there is no way to install gelatin filters on the bayonet side ( Nikon 14 / 2.8D this option is available)
  9. lack of basic dust and moisture protection (e.g. Irix 15mm f / 2.4 Firefly has all weather protection)
  10. small effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changes in viewing angle during focusing)
  11. the aperture at F / 4-F / 22 is poorly rounded and is a regular heptagon
  12. there is no tag for working in the infrared spectrum, the depth of field and focusing distances are small
  13. unknown compatibility with adapters for Nikon FTZ and Nikon FT1 mirrorless cameras and tele-converters
  14. lack of data about the lens in modern cameras, which makes it difficult to automatically correct some types of optical distortion (distortion, vignetting etc.)
  15. lack of a lens profile in popular RAW converters (temporary drawback, you can create a profile yourself or wait for its release)
  16. the survivability of this lens and the variation in quality are unknown. Little Information on Certified Yongnuo Lens Service Centers
  17. certain imperfections in the image (low sharpness at F / 2.8 at the corners and edges of the image, a set of optical distortions characteristic of such over-widths). There is a noticeable curvature of the field
  18. Separately, I want to highlight strong vignetting during focusing in the area of ​​infinity (not only in the corners but also along the edges of the image). Most likely due to incorrect calculation of the length of the petals of the rigidly integrated hood
Material prepared Arkady Shapoval... Look for me on Youtube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Telegram.

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Comments: 82, on the topic: Review YONGNUO LENS YN 14mm F 2.8 N

  • Lynx

    "Yongnuo could repeat in just 3 years."
    Do not repeat, but steal .. Azaz!
    "What others have developed over the years, tests and counted, Jung was able to copy fumbling for three years! without conducting individual studies and samples "
    Let's not confuse pioneers with tons of investment and research and "Uncle Liao in the barn copying what was done before him."
    ....
    And so, well, fit, there are inexpensive glasses. We are waiting for the normal reporting widths of class 24/2, 30/2, on the crop. And then the crop was abandoned.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      They could wash the optical circuit, and the manufacture of special elements has been going on for decades, I do not think that they have patents that must be stolen in order to produce the same aspherics (I could be wrong).
      But what the scheme is - we are waiting, maybe someone will dig out his daddy

      • Lynx

        Oh, okay, so that's that, and "pass the already traversed path", when the turned element and technological base - taschemto easy. Look at China with nuclear and space programs. Bl, yes now any dude with a couple of million bucks will launch his space program, and once it was pulled only by two superpowers, and then having siphoned out their resources by half for this.

        • Lynx

          Oh, the horror, got to the bottom of the phrase "a couple million".
          read how many space startups are available in the world now, including small satellites.

          • Igor

            These startups still need to be put into orbit. And this is completely different money and technology.

        • zengarden

          Lynx, so it was at first; It is now China itself is the center of high-tech developments, including optics. They have mastered and good optical glass and polishing lenses are not worse than the Japanese; well as parts of inventions and patents almost caught.

          The Chinese have increased the number of patents by 10 times over the past 10 years. In 2018 alone, their inventors received more than 12500 patents, almost catching up with the Germans. In the meantime, South Korea, Japan and the USA are leading in the ranking of patents. https://goo.gl/1EEMpw

          • Lynx

            After all the basic research has been carried out and the theory has been developed “over the years”. Like what say you contradict what I said?

    • Novel

      A cropped camera is bought with a whale lens in most cases. Therefore, it makes little sense to develop something specifically for him. And now, against the background of interest in mirrorless and even more so. It seems that the days of the crop are numbered.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        I am sure that the crop will live for a very, very long time. As for the fact that Yognuo does not make cropped autofocus lenses, the answer is very simple - the company takes designs of old lenses for which the patent has expired. Expired only on full-frame film lenses. And the digital crop is just turning 20 years old, so you shouldn't touch cropped lenses. The same Samyang-Rokinon, wonderfully under the crop, churns out a bunch of things, but they have their own experience.

        • Novel

          I mean the Canon EF-S / Nikon DX. Under the crop with a small back section there is a lot of any fast manual, yes. But there you can really make a small and fast lens. And on the EF-S with 44 mm it is necessary to get angry, despite the fact that the consumer of such optics most often wants to save.

          Something tells me that for the sprinkled Canon RF, if any, the situation will be the same as with the APS-H. Standard RF format lenses and a cheaper small matrix. Well, maybe they will design some kind of super-wide with a small circle and more compact.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Canon already has cropped mirrorless cameras - Canon EOS M series with Canon EF-M mount, already 8 pieces came out... Of course, you can do bezzerkalok compact Shirikov. 7artisans 12 / 2.8 came to my review - a very small lens.

            • Novel

              Canon canors discussed Canon RF-based crop.

              EF, EF-S, RF, EF-M - four mounts. Any other RF-S? We'll have to get rid of something. In 2019, by the way, there will be no new EF lenses, I generally keep quiet about the EF-S, the 7D Mark III is questionable. Too many things.

              • Igor

                RF will not have an S-version, because it doesn’t have a mirror here, which makes it difficult to set the rear lens closer to the matrix.

              • Novel

                Not only. Sigma (and not only her) perfectly produces lenses for themselves, which are placed on the EF and on the EF-S - the size of the large mirror is taken into account. Nikon initially has a standard mount, only the size of the circle in the DX is smaller. Cropped RF will lose its ultra-wide angle, so you need a special type of lens that covers a smaller circle without being gigantic and expensive (compare 11-24 and 10-18). So it will turn out, either to dilute the EF-M and RF lines, or to invent some kind of RF-crop with a special type of lens.

            • Vadim Berezin

              It will be interesting to read about 7artisans 12mm. I’ve been renting a year for 7artisans 7.5 2.8, in general, I am satisfied for its PRICE

      • Lynx

        azazaza .. and a lot of you know the "full-bezzerkalok that in Russia often can afford to buy" .. but at least you? not Bushnov, and new in-store officially?
        Every time I hear this nonsense about “mirrorless will cancel everyone”. yeah. Especially olive with crop 2.

        • Novel

          I don’t care what is happening in Russia.

          • Lynx

            and sho, is it better in other countries? but, not in Ukraine, you can choose what to dream of, which you can never buy - a mirrorless camera or a bush crop. ))

            • Novel

              Go hangover, feel better.

              • Lynx

                yes to me that is what. )))

        • Pokemon

          Sony A7 57.764rub. right now in the player.
          Sony A7 M2 77.897rub. also there.
          Sony A7R 86.997rub. in the same place.
          In general, it is not so expensive.

          • Lynx

            yeah .. do not forget to add lenses from Sonya.
            And compare enough stock and old sevens with some kind of fairly normal crop from the same nikon. or even abnormal, but completely beginner.

            • Pokemon

              Why from Sony? We buy an adapter and put something like Canon 28-70 / 2.8 or Sigma 24-70 / 2.8 EX DG. Cheap and cheerful. Or manual optics.
              Nikon d5600 costs about 45 thousand rubles.
              I just don’t understand why compare Nikon crop with ff Sony. This is illogical. If you compare A7, then with d610 or 6d.

              • Lynx

                dragging then we again return to third-party lenses and crutches. And it's about a normal solution.
                but I do not compare crop and ff, but that genius is higher))

      • zengarden

        Strongly agree on the account "Kropa days are numbered." And Fujifilm, and Panasonic / Olympus is already proven. Each region has its own challenges, to better address the specific instruments. And you should not idolize FF, which itself is sprinkled from the SF, which, in turn, crop BF, etc., to the cardan :)
        The advantages of crop optics in its compactness; however, the quality of the resulting image does not suffer at all (for example, Fuji).

        • Novel

          I said, EF-S and Nikon DX. The positioning has shifted towards “inexpensive DSLR with a whale lens” from “model with a reduced matrix”. 80D and 7D, for example, do not have full waterproof shtatnika - must be used or completely irrelevant 16-35 / 17-40 or, in principle, a very good 17-55, but already obsolete. The same with telephoto. 55-250 is a great model, a light telephoto lens, but too fragile. The only cropped, everything else - the adult model. And considering the price they cost and weight of the camera no longer decisive.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            55-250 EF-S three pieces are there :) IS, IS II, IS STM

            • Novel

              Well, this is essentially the same doped model, a budget analogue of 100-400. My father almost never takes her off the carcass (IS II), I take it on trips (IS STM). And this is the only native EF-S telephoto (not counting canon 18-200). Even Nikon has more of them (although all are dark and almost the same).

              Well there is still a slurred sigma 50-100 / 1.8 And that’s it. It is assumed that full-frame lenses or ultrasounds will be bought. But then the point is in such a DSLR? In short, a very strange positioning is obtained.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                No, IS, IS II and IS STM have different circuits. I caught the essence of the problem, just 55-250 is not the only one.
                There are also a bunch of third-party manufacturers: Sigma 50-150 / 2.8, 50-150 / 2.8 OS, 55-200, 55-200 OS, 18-250 (a bunch of different ones), 18-300 C, Tamron 55-200, 16- 300, 18-400, 18-270 (whole brood). There are a lot of lenses on the crop.

    • Igor

      So what is wrong with the fact that they use other people's developments? Patent wars only hinder development, forcing companies to go from scratch already passed by others. The final consumer certainly does not benefit from this. If you take Yongnuo, then they first began to produce more affordable copies of the original lenses, including those that have already been discontinued (for example, 35 2.0 from Canon), and transferred them to Nikon. And also, with their appearance on the market, they re-accelerated the reissue of fifty dollars at Canon. The final winner is ultimately in the black, so it is from his position that I do not see any reason for indignation.

      • SashOK

        Totally agree with you!
        We, the majority of users from "developed and rich countries" (like Ukraine, Russia, Belarus) absolutely do not care about their patent srach and who stole what from whom ... But thanks to this we can buy good new lenses almost three times cheaper than from well-known manufacturers - this is a big plus for us as poor users. To which I count myself so far.

        • Novel

          While you don’t give a damn about patent rights (well, generally, international law in principle), you will remain an undeveloped and rather poor country there. We steal (or use stolen goods), so at least silently and without too much pride. This is on the one hand. And on the other - there is a product, there is a patent holder, so let Canon deal with them, and not unfounded allegations that someone there stole something from someone.

    • Koba

      I’ll just say: there’s nothing to steal lenses, China has greatly developed the production of optical glass over the past 10 years, according to unverified rumors even sweat lenses are now made using Chinese glass, and the industry in China is developing as in other countries, by the way, IR cameras in China always produced, even large format, very high quality, and even medium format. No need to repeat the lie that everything in China is copied. The time is already passing when they needed it and everyone will gradually see that in most areas of activity the planned and state-supported economy will achieve new and impressive results. By the way, often local companies actually buy patents, but for some reason everyone shouts what is copied. Chinese companies have so much money that it costs nothing to buy patents, and if necessary, the state helps them a lot. Take DJI, because no one is a sport about his superiority in the production of drones, and what, too, copied? Look on the Internet, this company has registered more than 5000 of its inventions, and also bought various patents in the amount of more than 2000. Amazon also bought ready-made sites and businesses and no one seems to shout that they bought or copied something, so why does this always happen in relation to Chinese companies? I never defend either China or Chinese companies, they do not need it, they will defend themselves somehow, but they are always against it when the game goes in one goal. So take the Krasnogorsk factory, why they still have not released a lot of lenses for various systems, why there are no cheap lenses for the world market? Or will we attack those who do something, on the principle of a lazy person and an outsider? Why shouldn't we look at other Chinese companies, say, Laowa, which produces high-quality lenses and not admire them, only because this is a Chinese company? At one time, Sony was only engaged in copying American products and tried to ascribe its name (which was also copied from Panasonic!) Somewhere far from the eyes of the buyer, and like nothing, no one remembers it anymore ... I once wrote a few years ago that in 10 years no one will stutter about Chinese lenses, they will achieve quite good quality, the production of something is not something unattainable and unimaginable. You also need to remember that more and more scientists and industrial designers from around the world are working in Chinese factories now (and what, only American scientists worked in the USA? And it seems nothing!), And today even Tesla solemnly laid the foundation of a new large factory in Shanghai. The production of optics is not very difficult, it's all about cheap high-quality components, the main thing in any country is to ensure economic, agricultural and defense independence, which China is doing. I’ve been amazed here for the past 12 years and have seen with my own eyes how the country is developing, including almost all industries and agriculture with leaps and bounds, when, for example, in the USSR countries there was only ruin and squandering of accumulated wealth under the USSR, catastrophic population decreased, poverty, etc. d. With such a background, I think that the experience of Chinese companies should simply be admired, and adopted if this is possible at all.

      • Lynx

        you confuse sour with soft.
        Let them copy, cho. More different lenses, but they will vote for the rest in rubles!
        the only question is that we should not give China "yes they are 3 years from scratch done as much as Japan decades after the devastation of the Second World." Nigeria is not from scratch, and still a lot is not from scratch.

        • anonym

          Progress is based on this. Some people come up with it, others come up with it. In the end, you yourself use the benefits that others have suffered ... ... ..You will forgive the Chinese for the recent flight to the moon.

        • Koba

          Yes, you see that nothing has been copied, there is no need anymore, companies have sufficient funds to develop their products, you should not think that in the modern world, especially in China in 2018, it is impossible to design a simple prime lens, these times are already over, open eyes. Like any other companies before and now invite those specialists that they need, so are Chinese companies, there are already a lot of specialists, both domestic and foreign, they do everything, this lens turned out to be designed in youngnuo itself, and personally I see nothing surprising in this , the time will come and they will build focusing motors, I already wrote that I am just sure that some Chinese company is already organizing the production of such motors, and even the Japanese themselves will buy from them, since the price will be cheaper, finally understand that the state pays companies for strategic development, if only they did it, and in most cases they do it. I can also say that soon the Chinese company BYD will announce new batteries, over which more than 1500 Chinese and 400 invited specialists have worked in Shenzhen, and these batteries for cars will be recharged in one minute. YES, what is there to design some kind of lens, these are seeds for Chinese companies, a question only of marketing and pricing policy, and what other companies first produced only masterpieces several decades ago? Or maybe Nikon and Kenon were doing something other than copying German photographic equipment? Forgotten what? And then they began to produce their own, and not always excellent, as well as other companies, including Chinese. You see how the United States reacted nervously to the plans for MAde in China-2025 and almost started a war until China officially announced that it’s okay, it will give up 5 years and postpone these plans to 2030. Everything is ready here, all factories have been re-equipped with ultra-modern technology, and there are specialists, etc. for the next technological breakthrough, and this will happen without fail. Objects and some kind of telephones are from the past, I have been working here for 12 years, just in the field of industrial design and the production of goods for the so-called. Western brands, and I know the situation here firsthand.

  • Novel

    Damn, only today I climbed to watch. I remembered that Yongi had 14 autofocus, I wanted to look at sample photos. And the reviews on him were only for cropped cameras, for Nikon, that for Canon. For a crop, this is too bulky glass, it makes sense when there is a pancake - 24 / 2.8 - miniature and with normal sharpness.

    Very specific focal. Here 20mm you think about where to stick, and 14mm - you need to compose very thoughtfully, too much garbage gets in or too much distortion. Architecture, landscape - yes, especially when you need to rent a cramped apartment to announce a lease :) But shooting a model ... It's kind of strange. For that matter, even a 15mm fish-eye will be more digestible due to the interesting distortion. When it is emphatically distorted proportions, it makes more sense.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I shot a couple of times a report on the Sigma 17-50 / 2.8 OS and the parallel was in a backpack that YN14 / 2.8. At the same stage, I was expecting to see a huge difference in the pictures. But when I was choosing pictures at home, I realized that the difference in viewing angle is often subtle. The difference I saw more is that the YN14 / 2.8 is 2.8 sharper than the crop zoom. But still, even on a crop with 14mm and people in the frame - it is very difficult, an experiment in the studio confirms this

  • Novel

    There, by the way, in February, Samyang-Rokinon will catch up with the autofocus version of its glass. With its own, by the way, its own circuit (the first element is flatter) and, it seems, as a more interesting motor. But also more expensive, of course.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      They kind of already rolled up, and there’s on Nikon F и on Canon EF / EF-S and older 14/10 on Sony E / FE

      • Kingsler

        Arkady, thank you very much for the review. On the crop, the focal length is 21mm. According to your experience, how did you get a girl without wide creations at a wide angle?

        • Novel

          Place the subject in the center of the frame and away from the front element. The proportions of the face are violated, but bearable. In principle, when the model’s legs stretch downwards at the super wide, many people even like it. But not everyone likes face distortions.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          there are perspective distortions :) you do not need to bring parts of the body to the corners of the frame and shoot at an angle

          • Kingsler

            Thank you for the clarification.

  • Peter Sh.

    It seems Tokin 16-28mm 2.8 FF can be used for the same money. Although, I don’t know how it is now, but at that time this Tokina also had problems with the spread of quality.

    In general, I am sure that such super-widths are simply irreplaceable for creative photography. For myself and for the soul, so to speak. For work, the same Tokinu, I can not use - AF in the dark is too pensive, in comparison with relatives.

  • Oleg

    An over-wide thing is complicated and not suitable for all subjects. I would prefer to use a zoom instead of a fix, something like 16-35 / f4. As a rule, such zooms already have distortion well corrected at focal lengths of 24-35 mm, which makes it possible to use for shooting architecture, and people can already be shot at the long end without distortion

  • Onotole

    Here is the review I have been waiting for a long time, thanks, Arkady!

  • Nicholas

    I wonder if this lens is suitable for astrophotography. The characteristics are not bad, and the focal length with aperture is suitable

    • Rodion

      And why for astrophotography AF?

      • Nicholas

        Not because of the AF, but because of the price. For 14mm lenses are very expensive

  • ks

    if you compare with the manual samyang 14mm 2.8, then? how is it in the picture? pays for the price?

  • Vasil

    “On Nikon D90 I checked for back and front focus at different focusing distances”
    How focusing on different apertures compared to LiveView works, for back / focus front = focus shift.

  • Vasil

    Sorry, inattentively read, there is information about the Shift Focus.

  • anonym

    Thanks for the review. Arkady, what kind of glass do you use to shoot the lenses themselves for review on a white background? :)

    • Valery A.

      Yes, at least 18-55. Better to ask than to light.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it’s true that a subject (not a macro) can be removed with anything of reasonable quality. I have a regular 40 * 40 lightcube and two Godox cartridge flashes, though one of them died somewhere a year ago, but I got the hang of shooting one.

      • Valery A.

        Oh, thanks, but I thought the constant light.

  • anonym

    Perhaps I inadvertently read the review, but did not find how far away does his infinity begin? If, like other widths, about two meters, then why do you need autofocus, if 99% of the shooting falls on objects located at infinity ?? Personally, I really like Samyang 14 2.8 and does not cause discomfort due to the lack of autofocus in general.

  • anonym

    And if it also costs more than Samyang, and in terms of optical quality it does not surpass it, then you must definitely choose Samyang.

    • Andrei

      Samyang has a distortion curve. For home use is not critical, but dumb for work. And for home use, a 12-24 zoom, albeit a dark one, would be preferable.

  • Vadim Berezin

    In manual samyang 14 ll, not only the field is crooked, but also just disgusting angles. I could not look at them, I sold them.

    • Andrei

      the corners are normal there. better than wide-angle zooms.

  • emil

    And what is the difference with the previous model except for the availability of autofocus?

  • Reader

    I had a 55th Sonya, she had a transverse and longitudinal horizon in the OVI, the lens of the Minolta 50 1.7 and so the pictures came out like wallpaper on the wall - even without geometric distortion. Nikon sold and bought Sonya and the first thing that caught my eye was a skewed frame, the devil knows in how many dimensions. Tell me pzhta - is this normal or not? Suppose one side of a building has a slope more than the other, in general the monitor screen is normal and the diagonals of the picture are unequal. I still suffer. You look at the frame and something gg. With glasses, it is torture.

    • anonym

      This is normal. Choose a focal length of about 50 mm and everything will come

  • spectrum

    > Yongnuo very quickly mastered aspheric, low dispersion and high refractive index elements. The rear element is both low dispersion and aspherical at the same time. Nikon took a long time to implement such elements on a massive scale. What the giant companies did, Yongnuo was able to repeat in just 3 years.

    No wonder Nikon moved the lens production to mainland China, oh no wonder.
    By the way, the enlightenment here is at a level much better than in the previous lenses - they have already mastered this as well. Nikon will still bite his elbows for this ...

  • anonym

    Slag these yongs, without a soul.

  • Paul

    On Pentax, you probably should not expect this, yes, here you can use the old manual optics, but sometimes you want to, even mostly, shoot at the atomic.
    Mom said, don’t mess with the Pentax.

    • Michael

      I think you should not wait. At Pentax, the choice of new lenses is less and less

  • Mykyta

    > At the time of this review did not exist profile Yongnuo 14 / 2.8N for popular RAW-converters.

    Having this profile with a lens and a camera, you can relatively easily create it yourself,
    for the Adobe program family (some other programs like Autopano can read Adobe profiles).

    To do this, you need to download the Adobe Lens Profile Creator program, print out a calibration target in the form of a chessboard on paper and take a few photos, as a result of which the profile appears to correct both geometric and other (aberrational) distortions. The program is free, for Windows here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5489

  • anonym

    can we use this for full frame canon cameras?

  • Alexey

    Came by accident, a lot of good reviews. of the minuses - well, respect the Russian language. Stop separating prefixes, and also allow yourself to divide words into parts in an arbitrary way. For example, “super wide angle” is not two words, but one - “super wide angle”.

    PS: spellcheckers in browsers must be disabled. They really make you write with errors.

  • Olga Makukha

    Thank you very much for the review, I sharpened my teeth on this lens for a long time, but for now I’m squeezing it. ;) If not in the work, add to the review examples of photos from the reportage (it is written that they were shot) with a lot of people and a motive. And your opinion about the speed and quality of focusing in an active report is also interesting.

    I need it for shooting banquets (wedding banquets, graduations, etc.), interiors, creative shots at a wide angle with obvious geometric distortions. I think that it is suitable, as an addition to my working bunch of Nikon D750 and 24-70 2.8, to dilute the photo series.

    • Olga Makukha

      Addition: I really liked the shots from the church.

  • Gennady

    Hello! I would like to clarify: what material is the hood made of? It looks like plastic in the photo. And I did not find a review of this lens for Kenon. Thanks.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Metallic, this is indicated in the review. She doesn’t act in film.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    It so happened that I had the opportunity to use all Yongnuo lenses. Added YouTube videos for all Yongnuo lenses (generations, lineups, etc.) https://youtu.be/AfQ76sAwIac

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