Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC
Price as Reviewed:£949.00
Andrew Sydenham tests a 24mm tilt-and-shift lens, which seeks to deliver the technical advantages of a perspective control lens with focus tilt-and-shift is an affordable package
Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC review – Build and handling
Image: This Canon 24mm prime lens is dwarfed by the Samyang 24mm T-S
The Samyang T-S 24mm has a very satisfying chunky and workmanlike feel to it. The texture and finish of the metal coating, and the high-quality plastic and rubber finishing are a delight and quite clearly give the impression of great build quality at this price point. Weighing 680g, it is quite a beast and dwarfs our trusty Canon 24mm studio lens, but with the scope of adjustment available and two setting knobs, their corresponding locking nuts and two rotation switches, the functionality is well accommodated and as compact as it possibly could be.
The lens has a very large rubberised focusing ring with a good grip and a smooth, damped operation, and once set it will not slip out of focus readily. Focusing with the aperture fully open and then remembering to stop down to the working aperture before shooting takes some getting used to, and inevitably mistakes will be made. Although the knurled aperture ring is proud of the focus ring, I found I was catching the focus ring when stopping down, which altered my set focus on occasion, so that is something to watch out for.
I found the tilt scale adjustment rather loose – it is advisable to support the weight of the lens when adjusting this scale, as it can drop of its own accord. I was inclined to use a tripod with this lens set-up, as setting the adjustment scales is a two-handed process that requires practice and dexterity. I did experiment with a handheld approach and there is in fact plenty of scope to use it in this way, as the lens and body combination is not too heavy for extended shooting sessions.
The lens isn’t an internal focus design and extends 4.3mm when focused to the closest distance. The filter thread, however, remains stationary and the extension is so small as to have little practical impact. The lens pouch supplied is little more than a drawstring bag for protection from dust, so extra protection in the camera bag is necessary to avoid damaging the controls and switches that protrude from the lens body.
Image: The slide handrails have been brought into focus by 3° of tilt
- Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups
- Filter size: Diameter 82mm
- Focus Markings: 0.2m - Infinity
- Diaphragm Blades: 8
- Stabilisation: None
- Weight: 680g
- Max diameter x length: 86 x 110.5 mm
- Min Aperture: f 22
- RRP: £949
- Max Aperture: f 3.5
- Focal Length: 24mm
- Mount: Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony Alpha, Pentax K
- Minimum focusing distance: 20cm