Yongnuo has made a name for itself by copying many of Canons lenses. Reducing some image qwuality, these lenses manage to cost about 60-80% less than the Canon counterparts.
Meet the Yongnuo YN 14mm F2.8, at a first glance you can see it looks scarily similar to Canon’s own 14mm 2.8L mark 2 lens.
Check out the side by side comparison:
According to the description of Yongnuo, the YN 14mm F2.8 has inside 12 lens elements in 9 groups, Canon’s has 14 elements in 11 groups. The aperture has 7-blades while Canon has only 6.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Yongnuo has a standard auto focus motor, so compared to Canon’s ultrasonic motor, expect a very loud sound while auto focusing.
The minimum focusing distance is 0.2 meters, aperture range is F2.8-F22, magnification is 0.15x, and angle of view (114°) are all identical to Canon’s lens.
One thing also that got me excited was the fact that the Yongnuo 14mm 2.8 will have a USB port so future firmware updates will be easy and painless. A similar feature is also found on the company’s 100mm F2 lens.
There still is no info on when the Yongnuo 14mm 2.8 will be available to the masses but it shouldn’t be too long. Also keep in mind that the original Canon 14mm 2.8 lens costs 2,100 US dollars, hopefully the Yonguo will cost much less than that.