Review: Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift (E-Mount)

Review: Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift (E-Mount)

Over the past 3 months, I had the opportunity to test extensively the Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift (TS) lens and would like to share my experience with you.

I kindly received the lens from Samyang for testing, for which I would like to thank very much. Of course, as in the past, I will convey only my personal impression. I did not undertake a laboratory examination. I want to tell you about my experiences from the practice.

Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift – Overview

Workmanship

The lens is processed in a very high quality. I see and feel no difference to other high-class lenses from other providers. The processing speaks for the Samyang design team, it is a professional lens.

Sony A7R, AppleiPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 f/2.2, 1/33s, ISO 40, 83/20mm

Samyang 24mm TS (Tilt Shift)

Sony A7R, AppleiPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 f/2.2, 1/33s, ISO 40, 83/20mm

Sony A7R, AppleiPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 f/2.2, 1/33s, ISO 64, 83/20mm

Focus and (manual) aperture

Tilt shift lenses do not have an autofocus due to their mechanical design. I work with manual focus anyway, so there is no change for me.

Therefore, the focus ring is very important to me. The focus ring of the Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift is soft and smooth, but with a certain resistance. This makes it possible for me to quickly and precisely set the focus.

The Samyang also has a manual aperture. This means you do not set the aperture in the camera, but with a aperture ring on lens itself. It is initially a small change, but not really disturbing. With my Sony E Mount the aperture value is not transferred back to the camera. The aperture value is not written in the EXIF data.

I set the name of the lens, as well as the aperture fairly easy in Lightroom with the LensTagger plugin (I have a guide here in my blog already described).

Sharpness

I’m not a big friend of Labortests. I looked around a bit on the Internet and I can confirm the results. The lens is sharp but also not too sharp (I think back to the Sigma lens discussion that many people say that the lens is too sharp).

For architecture, the sharpness is of course very important and the Samyang 24mm TS absolutely meets my requirements! I am more than satisfied.

Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift 100% detail view

100% detail

Special feature of the Sony E Mount version

There is, however, a small peculiarity in my version. The lens is not 100% designed for the Sony FE. The mirror box is “simulated” by a metal extension to the “actual” lens. There is no disadvantage, the lens is only a little longer than, for example, the Canon version. But it is for me still better than to work with a lens adapter (eg Metabones) in between.

Samyang 24mm – The Tilt and Shift feature

Like all TS lenses, you can use tilt and shift independently, or combined. The “tilt” change the angle of the focal plane and “shift” change the projection angle of the image.

Both features you can use as default, or you rotate the lens 90° so that the effect is not on top/bottom but on the right/left side. Let it show you with a concrete example.

Shift

This is my main feature I use. You can use this to avoid the plunging lines in buildings. If you rotate the lens 90°, you can use the shift feature to avoid slanting lines.

Avoid the plunging (not roteted lens) or slanting (90° rotated lens) lines with the samyang 24mm ts lens

Avoid the plunging lines (not roteted lens) or slanting lines (90° rotated lens)

Sony A7R, Samyang 24mm F3.5 TS f/3.5, 331s, ISO 80, 24mm

-Westhafen Tower – I [1676]-
Copyright Timon Först, Fotograf für Architektur- und Landschaftsfotografie

Tilt (miniature effect)

Tilting makes it possible to change the angle of the focus plane. With a normal lens, the focus plane is always parallel to the camera sensor. So what is the result when we change the the angle?

The image is partly blurred. You can control the blurriness with the aperture. With the aperture of 3.5f it is of course very blurry. You can also change the effect if you set it up left, right or rotate the lens (90°) for top and down. Tilting is also known as Miniature Effect.

Sony A7R, , s, ISO , mm

Set the blurriness side with the lens to the left or right. You also can rotate the lens to 90° to set the miniature effect to the top or down

Sony A7R, Samyang 24mm F3.5 TS f/3.5, 1/15s, ISO 640, 24mm

-miniatur city [17005]-
Copyright Timon Först, Fotograf für Architektur- und Landschaftsfotografie

My experience

Long time exposure

One thing I have not considered is that a Tilt-Shift lens is much different to handle. By shifting the lens is “opening” itself. Due to the long exposure, it may enter light into the lens. This requires that the lens to be covered, otherwise the image quality will suffer.

Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift covered

Lens covered

Original Image Before
Modified Image After

Before: Lens not covered
After: Lens covered

Shift

Of course I was primarily interested in the shift function. This makes a completely different photograph possible!

In this picture I used the shift in the classical sense.

-campus at home - in autumn [1671]-

-campus at home – in autumn [1671]-
Copyright Timon Först, Photographer for Architecture and Landscape Photography

But there are also other applications, behind which you do not immediately expect a Tilt Shift.

Of course, in the following example, I could have set the plunging lines in the post-processing, but this is always associated with quality loss. By shifting you gain between 20-100% of the pixels!

Leipzig Flughafen

-airport parking deck [1674]-
Copyright Timon Först, Photographer for Architecture and Landscape Photography

The next example shows the application in artistic photography. In this area the Samyang 24mm TS surprised me completely!

By shifting, the plunging lines are usually tried to fix. Her, I have consciously transformed the lines.

In addition, through the TS lens, it is possible to photograph differently. In this concrete example, the next building has already entered the picture on the top. By shifting the lens I could remove the building from the border of the picture. But also the lines of the building look more natural as if it were included without the shift function. Just compare it yourself.

Sony A7R, Samyang 24mm F3.5 TS f/8.0, 226s, ISO 100, 24mm

-Skyper – I [1681]-
Copyright Timon Först, Photographer for Architecture and Landscape Photography

Original Image Before
Modified Image After

Before: Without Shifting
After: With Shifting

Resumé

The lens is made of high quality. The picture quality is as I imagined very well. The function always surprises me anew. I can really recommend the lens to anyone who is just planned to buy a Tilt / Shift lens. The price is undefeated good and for Sony FE there is no native alternative.

Samyang has done quite a good job and deserves more trust than you might suspect. Third-party lenses are actually already a significant competitor to the lenses from the camera manufacturers!

Do you have questions?

Do you want to know more? Perhaps a certain detail?

Just write your question in the comments or simply by e-mail via my contact form. I am also very happy about your opinion to this post / lens.

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Timon

Fine Art Photographer at Timon Photography
Loves Architecture, Loves Minimalism
Located near Bayreuth (BY), Germany

There are 10 comments

  1. Michael

    Schöner Bericht!
    Ich bin ja nicht so in der Architektur unterwegs, aber es hört sich auf jeden Fall spannend an. Das Vermeiden von stürzenden Linien würde mir bei Cityscapes aber auch gefallen. Gerade bei Skylines, die ich gerne fotografiere.

    Und, wandert es in deine Fototasche? Oder war es nur zum Testen?

    • Timon

      Danke Michael. Ich denke auch das das Tilten für dich interessant sein kann. Da muss kann ja nur ganz leicht tilten, damit du die Landschaft von vorn bis hinten scharf kriegst, ohne Blende 16 😉

      • Michael

        Samyang bietet eins für Fuji an, aber das Problem ist die Brennweite. Die 24mm sind mir am APS-C zu wenig. Wetterfest sind die auch nicht und das ist mir mittlerweile sehr wichtig. Da greife ich dann auf Exposure/Focus Blending zurück, um alles Scharf zu bekommen. Aber vielleicht gibt’s ja irgendwann die Eierlegende Wollmilchsau 🙂

  2. Jörg

    Hallo, danke für den Bericht.
    Ich habe mir kürzlich ebenfalls dieses Objektiv zugelegt. Was mir als sehr störend aufgefallen ist, es fehlt eine Streulichtblende! Das macht sich vor allem Nachts (aber durchaus auch Tags) durch störende Lensflares bemerkbar.
    Durch die Suche danach bin ich übrigens auf diese Seite hier gestoßen. Da ich nichts passendes gefunden habe werde ich mir jetzt wohl etwas basteln müssen…
    Zu Deiner Anmerkung über Lichteinfall sollte aber noch gesagt werden, daß bei einer spiegellosen Kamera durch den elektronischen Sucher natürlich kein Licht einfallen kann.

    • Timon

      Hi Jörg,
      ja da hast du recht. Streulicht kommt bei Nacht (durch externe Lichtquellen) aber auch Tagsüber (tiefstehende Sonne).
      Ich kann mir nur denken das eine GeLi wahrscheinlich nur sehr schwer zu konstruieren ist, da man das Objektiv drehen und schwenken kann.
      Allerdings weiß ich nicht wie Canon oder Nikon das löst, oder es überhaupt eine Lösung gibt.
      Der Hinweis mit dem Sucher ist natürlich richtig, ich meinte die Aussage generell auf Langzeitbelichtungen und nicht speziell auf das System beschränkt. Aber bei solchen Details kann man ja beliebig Detailliert sein 😉
      Gruß Timon

  3. Desmond

    Guten Morgen.

    Ich hätte eine Frage, möglicherweise “off topic” hier.

    Ich möchte mein Architekturbilder, vorher und nachher darstellen. Kann jemanden mir verraten wie sowas möglich ist. Ich meine nicht Standbilder vorher/nachher sondern, wie oben auf diese Seite dargestellt, eine mit der Maus beweglichen Linie.
    Danke im Voraus
    Desmond


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