I am now the proud owner of a 14mm (F2.8 ED AS IF UMC) lens for my Sony A33. It arrived today, from New York, taking about ten days to get here, plus costing me an extra $38.00 in duty fees from Canada Customs, so am I partially happy about it, but happy that it finally got here. Anyway, as soon as I got home, I slapped it on my camera and started with some test shots.
Like with all wide angle lenses there is a certain amount of distortion, like a fish-eye effect, as straight lines appear to bend, and the edges seem distorted due to the circular patten of the lens as it creates a flat image, but over all, and comparing to the next level of lens in this class, this 14mm lens is not too bad. The next level up is upwards to about $1000.00–out of my pay scale.
In the above image you can see the distortion. This is not bad in my opinion. The image is actually a 20mm focal length in a 35mm format on my camera, so I am still getting an ultra wide angle view (just over 90 degrees) with it.
With this lens on the SonyA33 and A55, you are going back to old school, as the only way to run this lens on the Sony camera is in full manual mode. Everything is in manual mode: F stop, focusing, and becuase it is a prime lens, your feet are the zoom for it. Also, this lens is really front heavy. I can see prolonged use causing sore arms and fingers lugging this around for hours on end.
The lens is almost bigger than the camera (Sony A33).