An Ultimate Review of Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift

There are multiple electronic companies like Canon, Nikon and Sony have been releasing a lot camera edition lately. They have been trying to upgrade themselves as much as they can. But, the only negative aspect about these products is their extremely high prices. So, to give hard competition to these mainstream companies, a camera with high specs and low price should be released. The arrival of Samyang 24 mm f/3.5 Tilt-shift in the camera has changed the game. Samyang also sells its camera lenses under the brand name Rokinon. While other camera brands are releasing lenses at $3000 + price, it has launched its model at the price of $2000. The release was highly anticipated, and surprisingly, it provides the maximum specs that are required for landscape or wildlife photography at a very low price.

This lens was released a year ago. It comes with a manual focus which ensures the excellent quality of pictures. Samyang released this camera lens as a competent Canon TSE 24 MM f/3.5 L II. Both of these lenses provide almost the same specs, except that Samyang provides a 90-degree angle view, while Canon provides a full 180-degree angle view.

Camera Specifications

Tilt-Shift camera lens allows the user a smooth adjustment of the focal plane angle. The focal plane angle ranges from -8.5 to +8.5 degrees while the parallel shift of the lens optical axis by ±12 millimeters. As we have mentioned before, Samyang provides its user an excellent angle view of 90-degrees. Although, you can operate it on 30, 60, or 90 degrees against each other. Despite that, the bayonet mount can also be rotated to the right by ± 90 degrees, also at 30 degrees addition.

These were the basic specifications for Samyang 24 mm f/3.5 Tilt-shift camera lens. Let’s dive into in-depth details.

In-Depth Details for Samyang 24mm F/3.5 Tilt-Shift

Samyang claimed that this particular lens is highly sophisticated advanced, which makes it a strong competitor for other lenses. Its advanced optics can outdistance other lenses by far. Therefore, we will discuss its specs below, concreting their claims.

1. Wide 24 mm Focal Length

The model of the Samyang company was manufactured especially for landscape photographers. Although it can be used for architecture photography and environmental portraits, it is specially designed for landscape photography. The reason behind this is its excellent 24 mm focal length. Besides that, the tilt functions also add a significant value to its use for landscape photography. To achieve an optimized result, Samyang recommends their users to operate the lens at least f/5.6 or f/8. This is because, at a wide-open aperture, Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift doesn’t provide a clear image.

Skytree Tower on Samyang 24mm Tilt shift
Skytree Tower on Samyang 24mm Tilt shift

2. Chromatic Aberration

Due to high specs, Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift shows only a minor chromatic aberration. And this only happens when you operate this lens at extreme full frames. This minor chromatic aberration is not a big deal.

When you are capturing a bright source, your final result will have some flares, especially on narrow apertures. This lens also has in-built 6 non-round apertures, which you will notice when you are capturing a bright out-of-focus source. Having a bright unfocused source in your frame will be captured with hexagonal shapes of blurred light spots. You will also get to see an unusual X pattern in your frame.

3. Lens Build

The most salient feature of Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift is its lens build quality. It provides a manual focus-only lens. It enables the focus ring to function extra smoothly. Consequently, wildlife photographers are at a greater advantage by this distinction. Also, the focus ring-built is very nicely done. It is of perfect size, extremely smooth, and has an ideal amount of dampening.

The lens comes with a DOF (depth of field) scale marked on it. It shows f/5.6, f/11, and f/22 on the scale. An efficient range of short-distance focus distance markings (in ft and m) are marked too. It can exceed the infinity mark.

Final Thoughts and conclusion :

Overall, the lens build quality is unparallel for its price range. The movements are very smooth, and the lens is solid and has a very nice feel. The knobs provide a good grip and work efficiently. Despite it, the knobs are differently colored, providing ease to distinguish them. The whole body is made from high-quality plastic, which gives it a very nice look. It's worth its price.

8 years ago when I start to focus my photography on Japanese strucutre and building I have hesitate a long time on buying a Tilt Shift lens. But due to their attractive I purchase this Samyang 24 tilt shift and since this day, this lens never leaved my backpack (unless I go for a hike on nature).

She help me to accomplish photography that I will never be able to do on field or that I would be able to do only with a huge crop factor and reframe in Lightroom!

So if as me you like to capture city, I really invite you to discover this Tilt Shift.

We have defined all the salient features of Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift. If you still have any questions regarding the camera lens, please let us know in the comment section below.

Here is a gallery of some pics taked with this lens :