Hands-on review with the budget friendly Rokinon 14mm full frame lens – Is this the BEST budget lens for shooting the night sky full of stars? And you all have suggested some great alternatives I listed below.

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Alternative options

Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (manual focus)  $429 – Buy from B&H Photo

Good

  • Faster Aperture
  • Full Frame compatible
  • Takes Filters
  • Lovely walk around focal length for general photography

Bad

  • On crop 24 = 36mm, less exciting for wide starry skies

Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens $429Buy from B&H Photo (best option for crop DSLRS)

Good

  • 16mm on Crop – nice and wide

Bad

  • Crop Only
  • Still no filter threads

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood – $232 – $299 – Buy from B&H Photo

Good

  • WIDEEEEEE!
  • CHEAP!!!!

Bad

  • Crop Only
  • No filters
  • f/3.5
  • Fish eye even more limited in use.

Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS $299  – $399Buy from B&H Photo (my pick for MIRRORLESS crop alternative)

Good

  • Very portable
  • Takes filters
  • Fast f/2.0

Bad

  • Not available for DSLRS- only mirrorless

Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 $351 – $380 – Buy from B&H Photo (decent alternative – just not very wide)

Good

  • Takes filters
  • Fast f/2.0

Bad

  • Crop only
  • Barely wider than kit lens

 

Learn more about the Tokina 11-16 vs the Canon 10-18 and Canon 10-22

Learn more about the more expensive full frame wide angle lens options- Canon 16-35, Tamron 15-30 

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