Yongnuo quietly announce ultrawide 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens for DSLRs

Dec 22, 2017

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Yongnuo quietly announce ultrawide 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens for DSLRs

Dec 22, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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 lens is made up of 12 elements in 9 groups, with 2 aspherical lenses and one ultra-low dispersion lens to compensate for optical aberrations. The lens elements feature a multilayer coating which Yongnuo say is designed to increase light transmittance and control backlight ghosting and flare.

Based on an obviously Canon-inspired design, it does feature some differences similar to the other lenses in Yongnuo’s lineup. For a start, it sports a USB port for installing firmware updates. I imagine it would also be substantially less expensive than its $2,100 Canon counterpart.

But let’s look at the full(ish) spec list…

  • Lens Structure : 9 groups of 12 elements (1 ultra-low dispersion aspherical, 1 aspherical, 1 abnormal dispersion and 1 ultra-high refractive index elements).
  • Aperture blades : 7
  • Maximum aperture : f/2.8
  • Minimum focus distance: 20cm (7.9″)
  • Focus motor: DC motor
  • Dimensions : 86x105mm (3.4″ x 4.1″)
  • Weight: 780g (1.72lbs)

Given the weight, this certainly seems like a much more substantial lens than the previous offerings from Yongnuo. It also demonstrates that they’re looking to get quite serious about producing some higher end kit.

While the listing on the Yongnuo website doesn’t specifically mention compatibility, the photos obviously show a Canon mount lens. Presumably, this will be the first version to be released, with a Nikon version to follow at some point in the future.

There’s no word on a release date or price, yet, although I’ll bet it’ll be less than $2,100. As so often happens with Yongnuo, it’ll just show up one day on Amazon or the B&H website with no fanfare whatsoever.

As their first real entry into any kind of potentially higher end glass, I’m curious how well this one will ultimately compare.

[via Nphoto.net]

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9 responses to “Yongnuo quietly announce ultrawide 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens for DSLRs”

  1. Jade Holing Avatar
    Jade Holing

    Jeepers, hows that for a Canon wanna be look alike?!

    1. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss

      Not the first time?

    2. Keith Maynard Avatar
      Keith Maynard

      Given that Canon own Yongnuo what else would you expect ?

      1. Huge Dom Avatar
        Huge Dom

        There was an April Fools joke about that a long time ago, I don’t think there has been any prove that it was true.

  2. Najib Saer Avatar
    Najib Saer

    They could have at least made the ring a different colour, so as not to be a blatant Canon copy

  3. Tanvir Ahmed Avatar
    Tanvir Ahmed

    What about it’s picture quality?

  4. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    Well, if it’s going to be around $500…

  5. willdmo Avatar
    willdmo

    Not interested unless it comes for Pentax

  6. Stefanie Daniella Avatar
    Stefanie Daniella

    US$540 (in 2018)