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

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; 61MP61 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:

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania