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 – Our verdict
Images: The shift scale has been used to throw the hands out of focus (above right)
The Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC is constructed to a very high standard. It has the feel and demeanour of a scientific instrument and should survive the rigours of location photography well. In technical tests, it gives a good account of itself and, although not absolutely top notch, is comparable at its best apertures with the higher-priced opposition, putting in a fine performance in real-life tests.
The number of uses to which a tilt-and-shift lens can be put is quite staggering – everything from portraiture and product still life to architecture and landscapes. Once you’ve experienced the luxury of the control and versatility it can bring to your photography, it soon becomes a must-have lens.
A serious architectural photographer working in this specialist field won’t take cost into consideration when choosing a tilt-and-shift lens, as quality and performance are paramount, and small distortions and any inadequacies in resolution are too obvious in the sharp detail and straight lines of urban buildings. The Samyang T-S 24mm is neither affordable enough nor of sufficient quality to tempt any serious buyer away from their established kit. In truth, I consider this to be a creative lens at a price aimed at photographers wanting to expand their horizons and sample the delights of tilt-and-shift photography without taking a leap into hyperspace.
- 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