Samyang / Rokinon T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt and Shift


Samyang T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC / Rokinon T-S 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC

The most affordable tilt-and-shift lens

Another lens type that enthusiast photographers would often love to try out, if only they could afford one, is the 'tilt and shift' or 'perspective control' lens. These lenses let you correct for the converging verticals that can make buildings look like they're falling over backwards, by shifting the lens vertically relative to the sensor. Meanwhile tilting the lens allows you to manipulate the image's depth of field optically, either to increase it without having to stop down to very small apertures, or decrease it to give the fashionable 'fake miniature' effect. These effects can be mimicked in software, but not necessarily duplicated.

Again it's fallen to Samyang to make the nearest thing yet to an affordable option, with its T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC which came onto the market early in 2013. It offers 12mm of shift and 8.5° of tilt, and the tilt and shift axes can also be rotated relative to each other. Operation is fully manual (including aperture setting), but this isn't really a problem with this kind of lens, which is typically shot slowly and carefully with the camera on a tripod rather than hand-held.

Key specifications

  • 82mm filter thread
  • Manual focus only
  • Manual aperture setting
  • Up to 12mm of shift and 8.5° of tilt
  • 0.20m minimum focus distance
  • For APS-C / DX and full frame cameras
  • Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony Alpha mounts

The T-S 24mm's focal length means its probably best suited for full frame users, although it will work on APS-C / DX cameras too. It's available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony Alpha mounts, with an E mount version for the Sony A7 / A7R apparently in the works too.