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


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


  • 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)


  • 16mm on Crop – nice and wide


  • Crop Only
  • Still no filter threads

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


  • CHEAP!!!!


  • 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)


  • Very portable
  • Takes filters
  • Fast f/2.0


  • Not available for DSLRS- only mirrorless

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


  • Takes filters
  • Fast f/2.0


  • 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 

B&H Photo has a list of Everything Announced at CES 2017

 Yesterday we were back at Animals of Montana for more up close photography with some awesome creatures like this Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). Today we head back toward Yellowstone NP with tour group #2. #awesomesauce ~ Captured with the #SonyAlpha #A7Rii + #SigmaLens #85mmART f/1.4 via #SigmaPhoto MC-11 adapter Shot at f/2.8
 A real life cowboy who also happens to be our tour guide and bus driver. Looking mean on the deserted streets of #Virginiacity #Montana ~6) Captured with the #SonyAlpha #A7Rii + #SigmaLens #85mmART f/1.4 via #SigmaPhoto MC-11 adapter
 A7Rii + Sigma 85mm f/1.4 via Sigma MC-11 adapter & snow //It all works beautifully!

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