What advantage does the Rokinon 14mm have over the kit lens?

Started Mar 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
Petroglyph Veteran Member • Posts: 5,752
Re: What advantage does the Rokinon 14mm have over the kit lens?

vjk2 wrote:

Just wondering if someone could clear it up for me.

Kit lens at widest is 18mm and f3.5, not too far from 14mm and f2.8, plus has autofocus and can accept filters.

Cough sputter?    14mm on APS/C is in the UWA range and equiv to 21mm in 135 format.  18mm in APS/C is barely in the WA range and 27mm in 135 format.  The Rokinon is f/2.8 (and sharp as a tack already at that point) whereas the kit is f/3.5 and IQ might improve with stopping the lens down somewhat.  btw, I'll post some comparisons when I get a chance and I'm convinced folks will agree the prime will knock the shots "out of the park".  Oops I can't compare since I don't have my "kit lens" any more.

There is one big down side to the Rokinon and that is when trying to use a CPL.


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