Pergear 14mm f/2.8 full-frame lens
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Pergear has launched a 14mm f/2.8 full-frame prime lens. The new lens is available for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF and Leica L-Mount mirrorless cameras.

Wide-angle lens

The Pergear 14mm prime lens is an ultra-wide angle lens with a 114-degree angle of view. If you use it on a camera with an APS-C sensor, then it is equivalent to around a 21 mm lens. The Pergear 14mm prime lens is also a fully manual lens. In addition, it doesn’t have any contacts to communicate with or pass any lens data to your camera.

Optical construction

The Pergear 14mm prime lens is constructed with two aspherical elements and five ultra-high refractive index glass elements. These will help to control distortion and spherical aberrations and give you improved sharpness and accurate rendering. There are also three extra-low dispersion glass elements that will reduce color fringing and chromatic aberration. The minimum focusing distance is around 17 inches (43 cm).

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Rectilinear

Pergear 14mm f/2.8 full-frame prime lens
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The Pergear 14mm prime lens is also a rectilinear lens. This means that the optics have been designed to reduce the distortion that happens with wide-angle lenses. A wide-angle lens can cause vertical lines in your images to be angled or curved because they don’t suffer from this distortion. Rectilinear lenses are great for architectural or landscape photography.

Aperture

The Pergear 14mm prime lens has a wide maximum aperture of f2.8 which should give a good low-light performance. It will also allow you to control the depth of field in your images. In addition, the Pergear 14mm lens has nine iris blades which means you should get a rounded bokeh in out-of-focus areas. The manual aperture ring has clicks to mark full stop increments between f/2.8 and f/22.

What we think

The Pergear 14mm f/2.8 full-frame prime lens is reasonably priced for a full-frame wide-angle lens. It looks similar to offerings from companies such as Samyang and Rokinon. It’s a shame that it has a clicked aperture ring. A clickless aperture is better suited to filmmaking as it means you can change exposure smoothly while filming. Even so, for the budget price, it is worth test-driving Pergear’s new lens if you are looking for a wide-angle lens for your kit bag.

Pricing and availability

The Pergear 14mm f/2.8 full-frame prime lens is available now from the Pergear website. It is currently priced at $269, with a regular selling price of $299. It comes with front and rear lens caps and a lens hood.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.