Samyang T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC A-mount lens review by armirail

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; 61MP61 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:

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:

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 4.38
  • color: 4.38
  • build: 3.38
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 3.95 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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