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Killer Combo With Samyang 14mm f/2.8 AF + Canon EOS R

When it was working, but today it decided not to!

I have owned this combo for about two months and the lens was working perfectly fine until the 30th. Maybe it was getting ready for an April's fool joke! Which wasn't funny by the way.

If you have this combination, chances are high that your lens will cause the EOS R to freeze.

Here's the deal, if you start using the EOS R, with the lens in Auto Focus mode (AF), it will be working fine but as soon as you flick the switch to Manual Focus (MF). It will take exactly 1 shot with a much slower response time. The camera will then freeze and restart itself after about 30 seconds. Once it has restarted it will lock up. To solve this, you will need to remove and reinsert the battery. I even tried this on a mate's camera (another EOS R and another 14mm) and the same thing happened - locked up!!! So I asked another friend to test his combo, same thing, on the same day, with the same symptoms!!! The thing is, if it hadn't been working from day one I could understand that maybe the lens isn't supported by the EOS R. But it was WORKING just the night before and every time before then since I purchased it. Nothing had changed, I didn't update the firmware of any kind, I didn't drop the camera, it was on my desk in the exact spot I had left it the night before!!!

How to test your combination?

  1. Attach the Samyang 14mm ƒ/2.8 AF to your EOS R.

  2. Set the camera to Auto (or any mode).

  3. IMPORTANT - Set the lens to AF by flicking the side switch.

  4. Shoot...take a few shots. Take a shot of your feet. Take a shot of your computer screen, anything at all.

  5. IMPORTANT - Set the lens to MF by flicking the side switch. It needs to be in Manual Focus. Something I often do when shooting astro.

  6. Shoot again. This time, you may only be able to take ONE shot, then the camera will freeze.

  7. At this point, the camera will decide if it will stay frozen or it will restart itself.

  8. You won't be able to use it unless you switch the lens back to AF or remove and replace the battery.

How did you go? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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