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RokinonTilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Nikon
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceptional Lens

I wanted to review this lens because I think that you'll find this review helpful in making a buying decision. First, I am a pro interior/architectural photographer. I am a lens snob...Read complete review

I wanted to review this lens because I think that you'll find this review helpful in making a buying decision. First, I am a pro interior/architectural photographer. I am a lens snob and I use only Zeiss and a couple of high-end Nikon lenses for my work. My clients are brutally demanding of image sharpness and true color. (I actually appreciate this level of professionalism.) I was going crazy debating whether I should purchase this lens, or the Nikon PC lens. I rented this lens[@] for a month, to see if if would deliver the quality that I needed. I reccommend renting any lens before purchasing, if possible. Bottom line, I was blown away by the sharpness and color rendition of this lens.In addition to the quality of the glass, this lens is built so that you can change the tilt and shift axis individually so that you have more options on shifting and tilting. The Nikon lens does not do this. If you are shooting architecture, this ability to change axis points is absolutely essential. If you are looking at a lens like this for shooting landscapes and panoramas, this feature may not be necessary to you, but why not have it?I don't use this lens for Macro shooting,so I'm not concerned about BOKEH with this lens. I'm more concerned with DOF and corner to corner clarity, and for me, I have found the best settings to be between f/11 and f/13.This lens is well-built, and I am perfectly pleased with its "build quality."Bottom line: This lens is 1/3 the cost of the Nikon PC lens. It has great sharpness, true color, the ability to change axis, and is built well. I have added some shots taken with this lens. I actually had a hard time choosing which shots to share with you, since I have many that show off this lens' ability. Sorry, Nikon. I wanted to give you my business for this lens, but this Rokinon lens is extremely good at a price point that makes sense.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not a stand-in for the nikkor version

I have 3 other shift lenses- all of them rotate 360 degrees allowing me to do  wide angle photos by taking 12 images and stitching them together.   The...Read complete review

I have 3 other shift lenses- all of them rotate 360 degrees allowing me to do  wide angle photos by taking 12 images and stitching them together.   The resulting image is the same as I used to get using a super angulon on a large format camera. Not this lens.  I had hoped to retire my 28mm nikkor pc but apparently not.  Also , the controls are hard to operate, too small and very flimsy plastic.  If you do decide to buy this lens be sure to also get the square trade guarantee as you will need it.
Lastly, the importer is very hard to contact via phone, not very knowledgable about pc lenses, and generally leaves much to be desired as a supplier of photo equipment- something nikon excels in.
I will be returning this lens to B&H; saving my pennies to get the real thing.

approx 60% of my images are interiors shot with one of my  several pc lenses.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works great, but small plastic knobs.

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Didn't like the small plastic knobs, afraid they might break. Sent it back.
Other than that it works great.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Jury's still out

By Pamela

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The first images taken seem a bit soft. I've only taken a few test shots at F7.1-F11. I will have a chance to check out more throughly this weekend. First impression is I am not completely sure I will keep it. I have had Nikon's 24mm PC and loved it. This lens is bargain so I am willing to give it a chance. I will give an update later.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hidden talents

By Charles

from Undisclosed

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

As an industrial photographer, this system really pays off in the combined tilt and shift effect in creating painless panoramas in challenging conditions. Imagine taking a tack-sharp image of a two-foot long microcircuit board so tight you can't even look through the viewfinder. Then take an infinite depth of field shot down an entire factory floor with enough width to capture a nearby perpendicular arch that you use to frame the shot. An on-line review said these lenses weren't sharp, but this is a complex wide-angle lens, and with a little coaxing by enough light and close down to f/5.6 and you can knock their socks off.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well worth it for panoramas

By Richard

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

This is my first Tilt/Shift lens.  Lots of learning still to do.  You must pay a LOT of attention to focus.  E.g. when you tilt, the focus plane also moves.  It is very old-fashioned manual.  No auto ANYTHING, except for exposure.  I set it for aperture priority on my Nikon D750, manually set it f11 on a tripod, and it selects the shutter and ISO as necessary.  
Lots of flare, bring a card and an arm to be a lens shade.  With 24mm that is a lot of playing around. 
I use my (for the past week) for scenic panoramas with simple stitching.  So nice not to have the warping of panning.  
I was very frustrated with the tilt focus problems, but I'm learning what to avoid.  Circle is excellent, as I find NO vignetting even when shifting extreme.  I shoot left, center,middle and it works very well.
This is not Nikon glass, but I am shooting Faceook Banners and medium prints, so slight fuzziness is acceptable.  
If you can't afford the Nikon 24mm pc, this is a good alternative.  I would recommend this to others, if they research the process and are willing to get about 1/3 the quality (I assume) of the Nikon lens.  
Most of my concerns is about a different type of lens, not the Rokinon brand.  (I also have their fisheye, and the same conditions apply).
If I was rich, I would get the Nikon.

 
5.0

Excellent In All Respects

By GLRPHD

from Boone, IA

Verified Buyer

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

As a professional photographer with wide-ranging photo interests I have wanted to purchase a TS lens for years but was deterred by the intimidating price of the Nikon TS for my limited usage. Fortunately I came across the Rokinon 24mm TS just before embarking on a Fall color excursion to Colorado. Although I had limited opportunities to use this lens, and had it only a few days before the trip, I was pleased to find that the learning curve was very small. Even more pleasing was the resolution quality. My normal go-to lens is the formidable Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 for my landscapes. But in the vastness of the mountain environment it fell short, literally, in the wide angle compositions as did the equally formidable Nikon 16-35 f/4 VR. The most impressive aspect however was the ease of manual focusing and the resulting sharpness, which rivals both the 24-70 and 16-35. I'm now hopefully looking forward to the introduction of a Rokinon 85mm TS. And thanks to B&H expedited delivery the 24 was delivered in time for my trip after ordering it on short notice.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great, Not Excellent

By Jason

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

The two advantages this lens has over the Nikon (I've used both) are of course the price point, and the rotating axis option.  Image quality is good to great, but no where near the Nikon. Having to open up the aperture on the Rokinon to focus and frame (it gets DARK in the viewfinder at F/8) is a bit tedious, but a fine trade-off for the price. But - the Nikon makes gorgeous sunstars when stopped down - pretty vital when you're doing night shots and certain interiors. This one..... meh.  Lastly, as someone who always uses manual focus, the focus meter on this is INFURIATING. It jumps from 1m/3ft to Infinity, leaving you NO chance of using hyperfocal distances to your advantage. It's the kind of meter that you'd find on an AF lens. The Nikon's focus meter is, of course, absurdly long and generous (as in, perfect).  The Rokinon is a phenomenal value (like all of their lenses), but if you're a full time architecture person, or building to being full-time, save the extra cash and get the Nikon. If you just want a fun novelty lens, get this - you won't be sorry!

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not very sharp

By Dean

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This lens does the job when you need a tilt-shift lens, but the optics aren't very sharp. I am always disappointed with the sharpness of my images when I shoot with this lens and wish I had spent the extra money and purchased the Nikon version. Next time.

(14 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not a stand-in for the nikkor version

By geoffrey

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I have 3 other shift lenses- all of them rotate 360 degrees allowing me to do  wide angle photos by taking 12 images and stitching them together.   The resulting image is the same as I used to get using a super angulon on a large format camera. Not this lens.  I had hoped to retire my 28mm nikkor pc but apparently not.  Also , the controls are hard to operate, too small and very flimsy plastic.  If you do decide to buy this lens be sure to also get the square trade guarantee as you will need it.
Lastly, the importer is very hard to contact via phone, not very knowledgable about pc lenses, and generally leaves much to be desired as a supplier of photo equipment- something nikon excels in.
I will be returning this lens to B&H; saving my pennies to get the real thing.

approx 60% of my images are interiors shot with one of my  several pc lenses.

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens!

By Andrew

from Lancaster, PA

Verified Reviewer

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

I purchased this lens for a special architectural assignment. The images it produces have exceeded my expectations, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

(61 of 72 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Lens

By Arch and Interior pro

from Chicago, IL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • No cons at all

Best Uses

  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I wanted to review this lens because I think that you'll find this review helpful in making a buying decision. First, I am a pro interior/architectural photographer. I am a lens snob and I use only Zeiss and a couple of high-end Nikon lenses for my work. My clients are brutally demanding of image sharpness and true color. (I actually appreciate this level of professionalism.) I was going crazy debating whether I should purchase this lens, or the Nikon PC lens. I rented this lens[@] for a month, to see if if would deliver the quality that I needed. I reccommend renting any lens before purchasing, if possible. Bottom line, I was blown away by the sharpness and color rendition of this lens.In addition to the quality of the glass, this lens is built so that you can change the tilt and shift axis individually so that you have more options on shifting and tilting. The Nikon lens does not do this. If you are shooting architecture, this ability to change axis points is absolutely essential. If you are looking at a lens like this for shooting landscapes and panoramas, this feature may not be necessary to you, but why not have it?I don't use this lens for Macro shooting,so I'm not concerned about BOKEH with this lens. I'm more concerned with DOF and corner to corner clarity, and for me, I have found the best settings to be between f/11 and f/13.This lens is well-built, and I am perfectly pleased with its "build quality."Bottom line: This lens is 1/3 the cost of the Nikon PC lens. It has great sharpness, true color, the ability to change axis, and is built well. I have added some shots taken with this lens. I actually had a hard time choosing which shots to share with you, since I have many that show off this lens' ability. Sorry, Nikon. I wanted to give you my business for this lens, but this Rokinon lens is extremely good at a price point that makes sense.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(19 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nicwe lens for the money

By LuisValizas

from Montevideo, Uruguay

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Nice lens for practice TS lenses without paying so much for the originals. Also has the possibility to Tilt and Shift in the same axis, impossible with the Nikon model, so it is good enough for me

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (20 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    very impressed with this lens

    By Norm

    from Toronto, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Architecture
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography

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

      The lens is very light weight. It is sharp. Been shooting mostly at f8 . image quality is good (shooting on Nikon D800).
      Adjustments are easy to use but the knobs are to small for big fingers. But you get used to this quiclkly.
      If you haven't used a TS lens before plan on doing some reading and watching tutorials. any TS lens is not a pop it on and start shooting lens'
      Only downside is there is no lens hood for it

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Quality at a Great Price

      By Len

      from Mid Hudson Valley, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Real Estate

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

      Worth every penny.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (21 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Shifting at the right price

      By Nikon335

      from Painesville Ohio

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

      At well under the 1K mark this is a great lens. Unlike the Nikon version you can rotate the shift or tilt with the flick of a switch. Downside is you have to open the aperture manually to focus and then stop it down again to shoot. Since you are usually on a tripod shooting architectural work this is not a great problem. I was amazed at how good of a macro this lens is as well.

      (27 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Must be carefull when using

      By Al

      from Montreal,Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great For Framing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        -Live view or mirror lock up is a must to prevent vibration.
        -When focussing you have to be carefull not to pass the ∞ or you will be out of focus.
        -Framing is great, just level the camera and shift up.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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