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

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; 61MP61 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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.43
  • build: 3.29
  • distortion: 4.14
  • flare control: 3.57
  • overall: 3.99
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