Vivitar Series 1 13mm f/2.8 v. Bower 14mm f/2.8 ?

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Vivitar Series 1 13mm f/2.8 v. Bower 14mm f/2.8 ?
Sep 9, 2010

(I posted this in the Nikon lens forum a few days ago, with not a lot of response, so bringing it here...)
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1030&message=36164139

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I just noticed this 13mm lens at B&H, which appears to have slightly different specs and price (but virtually the same FF angle of view) than the Bower 14mm, which I believe to be the Samyang. Does anyone know the scoop on this 13?

Note the difference in Elements/Groups...

Vivitar Series 1 13mm f/2.8 $449.00
Elements/Groups: 16/13

1. 113.8° Angle of View
2. Aspherical Lens / Reduced Flare/Ghosting
3. Super Spectra Lens Coating
4. 12" (30.5cm) Minimum Focusing Distance

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...-REG/Vivitar_VIV13MMN_Series_1_13mm_f_2_8.html

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Bower 14mm f/2.8 $426.00
Elements/Groups: 14/12

1. 92.5° Angle of View (APS-C)
2. 114° Angle of View (Full Frame)
3. 14 Elements/12 Groups Construction
4. Two Aspherical & Two ED Lens Elements
5. Close Focusing Down to 11" (0.28 m)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/.../Bower_SLY14MMF2_8N_14mm_f_2_8_Ultra_Wide.html

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