Yongnuo have quietly announced the new ultra wide angle 14mm f/2.8 lens rumoured a few days ago. Looking at the specs it appears to be designed for full frame bodies offering a diagonal 114° field of view with a very bright aperture. Best of all, it’s autofocus, not manual.
The Irix 11mm f/4 isn’t quite available yet, but the reviews have started coming in already. First mentioned at The Photography Show last year, it’s a much anticipated lens by landscape, architecture and astrophotographers looking to get ultrawide with full frame bodies. Depending on the brand of camera you’re using, this is the widest non-fisheye full frame lens you can get.
Ultra wide angle lenses are great, and if you’re a landscape shooter then you probably own at least one or two of them, but many have a bit of a problem in the form of built in lens hoods that prevent you from attaching filters.
While you may not want to use a polarising filter on a lens with a field of view so wide it can almost see behind itself, ND filters are often desired to produce long exposures giving landscapes a softer and more ethereal quality, or perhaps you simply want to slow down the shutter for video.
Canon Rumors reports that the existence of the EF 11-24 f/4L has been confirmed and several retailers have been provided with info about the lens.
Expected to set you back $2899 ($3100 in Canada), Canon’s new ultra wide angle will be the widest rectilinear lens ever produced for DSLRs.
Despite a maximum aperture of f/4, will this lens put an end to Canon shooters jumping ship in favor of Nikon’s legendary 14-24?