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Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon

You Pay: $874.00
Product Highlights
  • Wide-Angle Tilt-Shift Prime Lens
  • Full Frame/35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-22
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 8.5º
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 12mm
  • Mount Rotation: 90º Left and Right

The 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon from Samyang is a wide-angle, full-frame lens fitted with perspective control and tilt-shift functions. A tilt-shift lens allows the user to control perspective and correct convergence of lines within your frame, useful especially in architecture, landscape and product photography. The optical tilt mechanisms enable precise control of depth of field along with perspective control. This 24mm f/3.5 lens is compatible with both digital and film formats with an angle of view of 83.5º and, on an APS-C size sensor, has an angle of view of 59.9º and focal length equivalent of 36mm.

The tilt-shift function on the 24mm f/3.5 lens allows adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-8.5º and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12mm. The tilt-shift section of the lens rotates left 90º (with 30º  click-stop adjustment) and the lens mount can rotate left or right by 90º (with 30º  click-stop adjustment).

The lens is comprised of 16 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical elements and two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements, which reduce aberrations and provide sharp details and accurate color separation. Multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coatings on each lens element allow even light transmission, minimizing flares and ghosting.

 

24mm Full Frame Prime Lens
Focal length equivalent when using lens on APS-C format camera is 36mm
Tilt/Shift functions allow for precise perspective and depth of field control
Aspherical and low-dispersion lens elements minimize aberrations for sharp resolution and accurate colors
UMC coating on lens elements provides even light transmission and minimizes reflections, flare and ghosting
Performance
Focal Length 24mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 36 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 83.5°
DX Picture Angle: 59.9°
Tilt/Shift Tilt ± 8.5°
Shifts ± 12mm
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (.2 m)
Elements/Groups 16/11
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.39 x 4.35" (86 x 110.5 mm)
Weight 1.50 lb (680 g)
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon
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    Samyang24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon
     
    4.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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        4.0

        Great Value and quite capable

        By Alberta boy

        from TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Relatively Affordable
        • Very Sharp From F8 To F16

        Cons

        • There Is A Learning Curve

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon:

        I use this lens as my preferred option for landscapes. As such I make use of the tilt and shift functions for a majority of the images I make with the lens. Between f8 and f16 the sharpness is quite comparable to the Nikon version when movements are used and the ability to adjust the shift axis in or out of plane with tilt makes it more versatile for landscape use. Construction is good although not as robust as the Nikon and as noted elsewhere this is strictly an all manual lens.

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        4.0

        Manual for certain

        By splunge

        from Regina, Sask

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon:

            Be prepared for old time memories to flood into your brain. I have not used a so non-automatic lens for so long it is a relearning, and my standard form of camera operation is manual.
            That aside, pleased with sharpness, and with the quality of construction. Could it be better? Yes, and I could be driving a Ferrari.
            It would be an absolute bonus to have the aperture setting visible in camera.
            As noted with others, hang on to the lens during adjustments. Expect it do its' job, not what you might dream. Very specialized in performance & usage, but I am determined to push its' niche towards my goal which includes my niche, people.
            Expect to use a tripod virtually all the time.

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            4.0

            Good lens, could be better

            By Matthew Chase Photography

            from Seguin, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Comments about Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon:

                  I haven't had the chance to use this lens for a real shoot yet, only to test it out in a couple of different settings. Here is a quick synopsis.

                  Good:
                  - it is fairly sharp and DOF / contrast appear good at middle apertures (f5.6 - f11).
                  - vignette appears well controlled (I think I'm seeing just a touch), and at f8 - f11 the corner sharpness looks pretty good.
                  - the tilt and shift range is good.
                  - the focus ring is smooth with not too much / not too little resistance.

                  Bad:
                  - the locking knobs are a bit small.
                  - when shifting, there is little to no friction so when the lock is loose the front of the lens just drops.
                  - build quality doesn't seem bad, but certainly not as good as Nikon or Canon equivalents. The vast majority of the lens body is plastic with just hints of metal.

                  Eh:
                  - f3.5 is usable with the understanding that wide open has trade offs.

                  All of this review is based on observations, not scientific measurements or test charts. I did a couple of interior shots of my office (shifted and not shifted) and some exterior shots of a couple of buildings (shifted, not shifted, and one with tilt). Focus on the shots was at or near infinity on the lens, and some of the viewpoints include very near objects (walls) while others most everything was at a distance. I shot at a few different apertures as well to see how the lens fared wide open and stopped down.

                  Wide open is decent but not great. I will have a little more about that below. Stopping down to f5.6 increased the DOF and contrast noticeably and sharpness a bit, f8 increased the DOF and sharpness a bit more, and f11 increased both some over f8. Past f11 things started to go backwards, the DOF at f16 is a little greater but the sharpness and contrast dropped noticeably, which took away from any gains in DOF. f22 saw even more sharpness loss and I didn't notice any increase in DOF (it actually looks shallower, but could be due to the loss of sharpness). So the sweet spot for this lens (at least at infinity focus) appears to be f11 - with the caveat that I was shooting whole stops so technically the real sweet spot might be f9.5 or f13.

                  A little more on f3.5. My initial thoughts on the photos at f3.5 were that they didn't look so good, but I think that was mostly because I was seeing the extreme lack of DOF which in the type of shots I was doing wasn't a good thing. Stopping down to just f5.6 increased DOF considerably (more than I expected) which made everything look sharper. But in looking more closely at the point of focus in the f3.5 and f5.6 shots, there is a difference in sharpness but the f3.5 shot is still pretty good. There is also a difference in contrast but again the f3.5 shot is not too bad. I didn't buy this lens to use wide open (I'm sure most others won't as well) so it isn't really a concern for me, and for those times I might want a shallow DOF detail shot or more artistic shots using this lens I think it would still deliver good images at f3.5.

                  Only time will tell but I think this lens is a good alternative to the more expensive name brand options. Would I rather have one of those name brands? Sure I would, but at half the price I'm so far satisfied with the Samyang. The shift mechanism having some resistance so that it could be unlocked yet remain in place would be nice, though I don't think that is too big of a deal. The main concern I have is with the build quality and how well it will stand up to real world use.

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                  4.0

                  Very Specialized, but good

                  By Bill

                  from Utah

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good value

                  Cons

                  • Fiddly Controls

                  Best Uses

                  • Cityscapes
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon:

                  This is not a lens for everyone, but if you're reading this, you know that. I find it very useful for three specific situations: To increase the depth of field without stopping down into diffraction (f11 max), To control perspective distortion when forced to aim upward (such as when photographing buildings), and To seamlessly shoot panoramas. Yes, you can do all of these in post without a tilt-shift lens, but you will sacrifice quality.

                  How does the lens perform? Optically, I am very satisfied with the results so far, although I will admit that getting the most from the lens takes some practice and effort. The lens is sharp, when not taken to the extremes, and contrast is good. Flare can be an issue, so keep the lens shaded when possible. It does not come with a hood.

                  Mechanically, the lens could be better. Cramming four knobs and two levers together makes adjustments a challenge, especially for people (like me) with big hands and clumsy fingers. Forget it, if your fingers are half frozen in the winter. Bigger knobs would have been nice, as would have been locking knobs that had a gradual resistance, rather than just fully locked and fully unlocked. I find that just unlocking the tilt or shift and then moving the lens into position without fiddling with the knobs works best for me.

                  By the way, the lens can be shifted fully upward on the D800 without interference with the camera body, but you will not be able to rotate the lens on the mount with it so shifted.

                  This is my first foray into tilt-shift territory, so I do not have a frame of reference for comparing this lens against the Nikon equivalent. For me, cost was a factor, since this lens will get limited usage. I am satisfied with my purchase.

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