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

reviewer#45783 date: Oct-31-2021
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
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:24mm samyang fe f2.8 - 24mm minolta f2.8 A-mount.
price paid:500€ (new)
a good way to evaluate a Tilt & Shift lens
As long as you can keep the shift-level reasonable - it seems to be fine on sharpness.
The distortion seems fine to me - the stitching went fine - and i didn't observe anything bad while looking at the results.
negative:when shifted up (full 12/12) it's not getting sharp at the upper part of the image (in portrait - rotated 90 degrees) - even at f11!

The lens used without T&S is pretty sharp - that's no issue.

It needs to be used from f5.6 to f11 - wide open isn't good enough.

There's no good hood included - you may need one to stop flares (i ordered one with filter thread through Aliexpress though).

No weather sealing.

The knobs are small, but for my hands still usable enough.
comment:All tests run on A7III (FE)
It's ideal to find out whether you want/need a T&S lens.
You know those lenses are manual - no AF - no assistance at all (except the indications on e-mount or using MF-assistance).

This one has no electronics to register information into your images.

It's no light-weight lens - but it's fine to me.
No real issues with the knobs and management - using a tilt&shift isn't for hasty photographers.

There is a learning curve - but using it on an FE-mount camera makes things a bit easier than before.

And yes - i'm thinking about an extra T&S - the 17mm from Canon or the 15mm shift FE from Laowa - but we'll force ourselves mastering this one first!

*** Yes Sony - we need a 17mm or 24 T&S from YOU - at an affordable price level (let's say between 1000-1500€)! ***

It's fun to use this lens. At this price it's a good investment to learn how to use a tilt&shift lens. For the amount i paid - i'm happy.

I wouldn't put 1000€ for it on the table though!

This is not a final review. After 4 weeks of owning it, one can only have first conclusions (to be specific - most of it is specified to longer focal distances - buildings etc...).

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