Samyang/Duclos 14mm T/3.1
Nikon mount uncoated lens demo
(shot on a 5D Mk3)
Very quick demo of lens flaring capabilities, also during a run through the office you can see distortion and light falloff.
Watch how the fresnel reflects in the lens, you can see the disc with all the lines.
When moving away from the light source flares stay for much longer then on the coated lenses, also there is a milkiness, reduction of contrast which persits as long as there are light rays hitting the elements.
Front and back element coating removed by Duclos.
These lenses have a cold look, flare a lot and have a big light falloff.
Regarding distortion and sharpness I am not sure how they compare to Canon L.
I saw a Siemens star photo on Duclos forum showing that the 24mm model compares well with the Zeiss ZF.
Personally I would always choose a Canon 14mm L, but it seems that these days this is the fashion, especially with low budget music video makers. Every situation requires different tools.
Also the Nikon mount is well suited for Sony F3 and can be easily changed to EF using inexpensive adapters.
Lenses are well built, in expensive looking plastic cases. These are cine models with nice gears for focus and iris already on the barrel. Iris is de clicked and the overall feel is really good. Focus and iris give enough resistance but have a smooth motion.
If you buy these lenses through Duclos I heard that he checks each lens so you get a good one.
I am not in any way associated with Duclos/Samyang.
Gear provided by Shoot Blue rental, London, UK.
Expect another, nicer demo soon for the whole range of lenses - 14mm, 24mm and 35mm :)