14mm Madness!

Leica M9 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Here at Soundimageplus you may have noticed that we're not shy about experimenting! There have been some strange camera/lens combinations shown. The latest in our line of "alternative lens uses" involves a Samyang 14mm f2.8 (Nikon fit). Bought as a video lens for the GH1 and 550D, to provide reasonably fast 22mm & 28mm equivalent wideangles, it does however fit onto an M9 via a Novoflex Nikon F > Leica M adapter we have as part of our m4/3 adapter kits.

THE GOOD NEWS.

It works! Its a sharp, well-made, sturdy, somewhat heavy lens. There is no vignetting, nor any magenta cast, unlike many of the rangefinder lenses from Leica, Zeiss or Voigtlander.

THE BAD NEWS.

Focusing is by guesswork! No rangefinder coupling. Not that that matters since you cant see the focusing rectangle anyway because of the huge non-removable lens hood. Also a viewfinder is required for framing shots. The one pictured is from a 21mm Zeiss. Nowhere near wide enough but useful in keeping the images straight.

So a system of zone focusing using the hyperfocal distance is called for. Not easy, but should provide a rough guide. Since its so wide, with incredible depth of field there aren't too many problems with distance focusing. Being a manual focus lens, Infinity is infinity, so thats a good start. Not sure how much this will get used on the Leica but its seriously wide and the lack of lens distortion problems certainly makes it a useful option.

Heres a few examples, with guessed focusing and composition.

Leica M9 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Leica M9 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Leica M9 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Leica M9 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Here are some samples taken with it fitted to a Canon 550D, on which its much easier to use with the Canons magnified focusing aid in live view.

Canon 550D Samyang 14mm f2.8

Canon 550D Samyang 14mm f2.8

Canon 550D Samyang 14mm f2.8

Canon 550D Samyang 14mm f2.8

Finally heres some pictures taken with it on an Olympus E-PL1. These are very good. Very sharp. Using the "sweet spot" at the centre of the lens gives excellent results, even at f2.8 which is used for all the following images.

Olympus E-PL1 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Olympus E-PL1 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Olympus E-PL1 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Olympus E-PL1 Samyang 14mm f2.8

Olympus E-PL1 Samyang 14mm f2.8