Samyang Tilt and Shift 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#16328 date: Jul-27-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Hartblei Super-Rotator F/3.5 45mm (for Mamiya 645, adapted to A-mount)
- Minolta AF F/2.8 24mm
- CZ Distagon F/2.8 21mm (ZF, Leitax adapted)
- CZ Distagon F/2.8 28mm (contax, Leitax adapted)
price paid:GBP 299 (used, mint)
positive:- tilt/shift
- price
- MFD
- IQ
negative:- fiddly T/S mechanism
- prone to some flare
comment:So far the only T/S lens for A-mount. There is always a trade-off between T/S-movements and sharpness, but stopped down to F/8 the lens delivers a good (but not excellent) amount of sharpness - the overall IQ, however, I find to be very good: good colors, excellent center sharpness, nice rendering of contrast and micro-contrast.
Knowing how an excellent T/S-mechanism can be built (I am spoiled by my experience with the Hartblei Super-Rotator) I think that this is the weakest point of the lens - I do not expect this mechanism to have a long life. It's fiddly to work with; you need exceptionally strong baby hands. The knobs for locking and unlocking the mechanisms are a truly inferior solution. But I can live with it, so far - given that there is no alternative.
On the other hand, the lens slows down my process of taking photographs. On a tripod, with ample time to proceed, this is an excellent lens for architecture photography.
reviewer#11673 date: Feb-3-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:none
price paid:EURO 945,- new
positive:Nice colors, a bit saturated and full of contrast. easier to handle than I first thought.
negative:when changing the aperture ring, the focus ring moves, you have to refocus after changing the aperture
comment:First tests are done and uploaded for stock (exclusive) so i can't show them. See the website http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/lenses/samyang24ts.htm for a test and further explanation of 'how to' Scheimflug for 'everything in focus'
reviewer#11460 date: Nov-9-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mirex Tilt/Shift adapter + Mamiya 645 lenses
price paid:€899 new
positive:-versatility
-sharp
-price (for a T/S lens)
-MFD
negative:-build
comment:It's a great lens. Apart from its unique selling point - the only tilt/shift in A-mount, it's a very good wide angle lens, sharp wide open. That makes it an extremely versatile lens. I used it as my prime for Oktoberfest 2013 because you can do so much with this lens.
Have a look here: http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/oktoberfest-2013-thumbnails_topic101641_post1225695.html#1225695

It's a pleasure to work with this lens on the A99. No problems with the pentaprism so full shift is possible. And with peaking and focus magnification you can see where the focus is; very useful with tilt!

Bokeh is not bad at all. And with a MFD of 20mm you can make beautiful environmental macros.
I also have the Mirex Tilt/Shift adapter I can use with my Mamiya 645 lenses, but the widest is only 35mm. 24mm is much better!

Build is not so good, but I can live with that as long as the IQ is as good as it is. Flare is sth to watch out for, but a hood or a hand is a good remedy.
reviewer#11368 date: Oct-6-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony ZA Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/24mm
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6
Sony 20mm F2.8
Various medium and large format lens on film.
price paid:1050 USD
positive:Tilts & shifts, really nice colours.
negative:Vertical shift (Rise) on horizontal frame is limited by pentaprism of my Alpha 900 - only 9,5mm possible, not 12mm.
Diagonal shift is possible on any body ONLY top-right or down-left due lack of CCV 90 degreee rotation (THEY FORGOT TO IMPLEMENT IT but announce in press-releases full +/-90 degree rotation - shame, shame, shame)!
Backlight can destroy local contrast easily but in-frame light sources looks pretty nice (even the sun).
Distortion is correctable (tricky when shifted - only C1 Pro can do this) but present.
Sharpness is ok w/o shift. On 36mp is no reason to shift more than 6mm due softness and CAs.
comment:Tilts & shifts - only wide T-S option for A-mount.

Many my example pictures (including paywork) is here: www.flickr.com/photos/qwz/tags/samyangts24/
reviewer#11311 date: Aug-16-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Leica R 24mm f2.8
Minolta 35mm f2
price paid:£949 New
positive:+sharp, very good image quality
+only 24mm shift for A mount
+hand held with A99
+most compact and light in its class
negative:-Flare and Distortion
-needs f11 for shift
-Movements not geared
-90 degrees lens rotation
-no infinity stop
comment:only 24mm shift lens option for Sony alpha.

This lens needs to be stoped down. for corner to corner sharpness without shift, you need f8. For more than 5mm of shift you need f11. Once stoped down it is very very sharp.
When shooting in portrait using 10 or 12 mm of shift the very top of the image will soft.
There is light falloff when shifted in portrait and landscape, (obvious on blue sky).
I will start using a perspex sheet and using LLC in Capture one.

There is alot of barrel distortion. Very annoying because It cant be easily corrected if shift is applied.

It also flares easily, especialy if a light source is in the picture. This can be random blobs of color or aperture shapes emanating from the light sorce.

when focusing close the focal length increases alot.

The lens can only be rotated 90 degrees so panoramas with rise or fall is not posable, not good.

The movements are not geared so have to be locked once applied. Very annoying as it is one extra step and can be fiddly.
However non geared movements are an advantage when when hand held. The A99 viewfinder has a very good leveling function.
This alows me to pan up and down with the shift.
No chip so no image stabilization.

There is one thing that has caused me to miss shots. The lens focuses past infinity, unlike all other manual focus lenses I have used. This is realy annoying as 90% of the time I want to focus at infinity.

Movements can move in the camera bag so you have to make shore that they are all 0 before taking photograph. (

Good lens but some things but some annoying things.









reviewer#11310 date: Aug-15-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85mm
Sony 24mm F2.0 ZA
Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony 16-80mm (on APS-C)
price paid:USD 799 (New)
positive:- great specialty lens for architecture
- amazing price point
- adequate sharpness / contrast
- awesome distortion control
negative:- build quality is flimsy
- flare control (light stars for city night photography dont look so good)
comment:This lens is unmatched for its use (architecture, perspective control and depth of field control). For the A-Mount this is the only wide angle tilt-shift available at the moment. Although there might be a Schneider-Kreuznach PC-E 28mm coming soon, it will be 10 times the price of this lens (announced for USD 8500).

The sharpness of the Samyang is great and I would say better than the Minolta 24-85mm zoom at 24mm. The results are very pleasing although lacking a bit of colour punch and contrast, this can easily be adjusted in post.

The only real flaw with this lens is its build quality and ergonomics. I can see the lens getting wobbly parts after a year of use since it is not well machined / assembled. Considering the price, this is a moot point because afterall, the image quality it delivers on my A99 is awesome. And thats what counts for me first and foremost.

I havent tried the Tilt function yet, as I am more into architecture photography. Hopefully I will get to test the tilt soon to maximise depth of field in landscapes.

I would recommend this lens for architecture photographers, the shift function is just so awesome and cannot be replicated or adjusted that good and easy in software. It is possible in software though only with drawbacks such as quality degradation and needing to crop the image.

I was waiting for quite a while for a wide angle a shift lens and finally i got one, very happy with it!

update: heres some shots taken with this lens:
http://500px.com/photo/42799956
http://500px.com/photo/42444432

as you can see detail is amazing, and sharpness is great. In the night shot you can see that the "stars" appearing from the street lights are nowhere near zeiss quality, even though the samyang was stopped down to f8-f11. my zeiss 16-80 on aps-c performs way better in the city night photography department, example here:
http://500px.com/photo/11714075
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.33
  • build: 3.17
  • distortion: 4.17
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 3.93

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