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|Weight||1.50 lb (680 g)|
|Dimensions (dxl)||Approx. 3.39 x 4.43" (86 x 112.5 mm)|
|Filter thread||Front: 82 mm|
|Minimum focus distance||7.87" (.2 m)|
|Format compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
|Tilt/shift||Tilt ± 8.5°
Shifts ± 12mm
|Focal length||24 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 36 mm
|Camera mount type||Sony Alpha, Minolta AF|
|Angle of view||83.5°
APS-C Picture Angle: 59.9°
(It looks like this lens as a "Rokinon" is the most popular purchase, so I've copied my review here. I have the Nikon mount "Bower" brand of this lens. This lens is difficult to use, but is rewarding in the right circumstances. Certainly not for "action" photography.
This is a fantastic lens for the price! To be short and concise, this lens is very sharp everywhere except wide open (f3.5) where it is a little soft. If you just take it down 1/3 of a stop though, the results are much better!
Wow! I am so so impressed with this. Truth be told I bought this just for the wicked awesome full circle flare you can achieve with the 24mm tilt shift. I was nervous about buying this because in the past I've bought cheaper lenses (cough, cough Sigma....) and they were SO NOT SHARP.
This is a great lens. Some reviews said the smaller knobs were too small but they didn't seem overly small or hard to use. There is one turning of the lens where the two knobs line up and that is hard to use but it doesn't happen all the time and you can work around it.
Did not like it at all
Tilt-shift is not for the weak of heart, it took time to learn how to focus/refocus, then move the blur where you want it. Once you get it though, it is really cool! I shoot with a Nikon D7100 and this lens and it is truly wonderful. I"m still learning, but man, this lens does NOT disappoint!
I've had great luck with the Rokinon/Samyung third party lenses recently. The 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.4 have replaced my canon L series equivalents. Though some have complained about the build quality of those lenses I personally found them to be fine.
I've come to really, really enjoy this lens. The build quality is fantastic (really not sure what the other reviewer was talking about - the knobs are super easy to use). The focus ring is an absolute pleasure, especially for video.
For $1000, this isn't great value - but for $600, which is what I got a refurbed version for, it's great. I've also used the Canon 17mm TS, but never owned a Canon TS. If you want it for the creative options vs. pixel perfection in architectural photography, it's fantastic.
There are two parts to this review: 1) clarifications on the specs which buyers should be aware of 2) specific sharpness problems in some cases that made me return this lens. 1) Spec updates: Buyers should know that there are no electronics in this lens at all. It is not just a manual focus lens.