Rokinon gives May 2013 release date for T-S 24mm F3.5 lens


Rokinon has announced the T-S 24mm F3.5, a wideangle perspective control lens, for release in May 2013. Rokinon rebadges and distributes Samyang lenses for the US market, and this lens first appeared at Photokina 2012 as the Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC, but without a specific date for launch. The lens features manual focus and aperture setting, offers up to 12mm of shift and 8.5° of tilt, and is designed for full frame cameras. It’ll be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts, at an RRP of $1299.99.

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Elite Brands, Inc. Announces Rokinon’s Newest T-S 24mm F3.5

Rokinon is proud to announce the release of its 24mm F3.5 Tilt-Shift lens in May, 2013. The Rokinon T-S 24mm is a wide-angle, full-frame lens that has tilt shift movements, allowing its user to have advanced control over perspective and depth of field.  It will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha mounts to start.

This lens was developed with extensive flexibility and a unique optical form, making it ideal for shooting architecture and landscapes. The T-S 24mm F3.5 lens allows up to a 12mm shift with a 8.5 degree tilt. Relative to the lens mount, this 24mm can be shifted up to 90 degrees, granting a broad tilt to meet the photographer’s creative desires.

This manual focus 24mm lens features a fixed focal length with an aperture range of f/3.5-22. This lens is suitable primarily for full-frame cameras but will work just as well with an APS-C crop sensor.  Construction is solid, using 16 optical elements in 11 groups with 2 aspherical lenses.

Rokinon T-S 24mm 1:3.5 specifications



Samyang 14mm: own … great lens for terrific price
Samyang 8mm fisheye: own … very good lens (not great imo) for terrific price

Samyang 24 T/S: Too expensive for me. Wait a year or so to come down? BH has Canon 24 t/s for $2039-USD. If Samyang was 33% of Canon (~ $700) then I’d be interested. Maybe?

But still, the Samyang 14mm will work almost as well for me … more FOV and probably about as much DOF.

I’m underwhelmed by the thought of taking 9 pano images to stitch together to get the panorama equivalent of 16mm or so.

Beau B

Why wouldn’t you just buy the Samyang 24mm TS that comes out this month for $999?






It’s nice that they still come out with these old wysiwyg things in spite of pp.


You can correct perspective in post processing, but you can’t fix out-of-focus or in focus areas. The TS lets you adjust the plane of focus and that’s not something software can do after the shot with a conventional lens.

John M Roberts

Unless you prepare for it before shooting. I have seen some very impressive focus stacking with conventional lenses.


B&H is listing this lens for $999.00 in canon, nikon and sony mount with an expected release date of may 15th.


This is great news, I will be waiting for a T-S 90mm now for still life work

Kim Letkeman

I’ve been waiting *forever* for this kind of lens to appear for either Nikon or m4/3 mounts at a decent price. This seems kind of high, not at all in the same price range as the Samyang fisheye, which is perhaps the value of the century. Bummer.


Buying a tilt shift lens is like buying a lens for a much larger sensor. It adds a lot of expense to the lens, otherwise image quality would drop too much in the corners. If you want to shift 10mm each way your full frame lens would need an image circle 20mm larger in diameter, which is about the same as a medium format lens. A medium format 24mm f/3.5 lens is very expensive.


I bought a tilt mount for Micro Four Thirds that works well with my 60mm Micro Nikkor. The image circle is large enough for tilt without vignetting and provides focus plane control. Perspective can be corrected in post. A “full frame” lens on a tilt mount is a lot less expensive. The adapter is clunky to use, but it does work.


Been waiting for this: I have their 14mm lens, nice wide-angle option for full-frame. This will come in a bit cheaper than Canon’s own, too, a nice bonus.


Again, no Pentax? 🙁


Maybe not Rokinon, but Samyang has the same planned for pentax

Also there isn’t really any rush, I think this type of lens would be a lot more usable on fullframe.

Andreas Stuebs

But it will serve nicely for my Pentax FF film cameras

Chaitanya S

Will wait for some reviews. some of the samyang lenses have been really good performers, so wouldnt be wrong expect this lens to perform 90% of equivalent canon or nikon lens.


So much for ‘reasonably priced’; I’d have a real tough time spending $1300 for anything from Rokinon/Samyang/whatever-brand-they-are-using-today. Definitely ‘cheap’ compared to some of the alternatives, but very much a high priced speciality item.

Stefan Stuart Fletcher



Too expensive!


It says in the spec it’s for Pentax K, yet in the story it isn’t. Which is it?

Andy Westlake

Both. The spec table is based on the Samyang lens, which they’ve said will be made for Pentax K. Rokinon’s release only talks about initial availability, in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. We’ve corrected the Rokinon specs to account for this, but in all likelihood a Pentax K version will appear eventually.


It will, according to


Thank you!


Klavrack, I can’t find anything relevant on your link.
Do you have another to share with us instead?


Really an interesting lens for Sony users like myself, but I really was hoping for a lower price. If they had kept it under $900 I might have been interested. Still, I’m curious to find out how it reviews, my guess is that at that price point it will be as good as the Canon and Nikon offerings.


You’ll probably find that the “street” price is significantly lower than the RRP, especially at high-volume houses like B&H and Adorama. I don’t know about $400 cheaper, but it might slide in just under a grand.


They already make an 8mm fisheye that outclasses the major brands. Let’s hope this one is made with the same attention to IQ.


Great news! I’m willing to buy my first Samyang very soon…


Yay, I love the new upsurge in independent premium lens makers. Let’s hope this sees a flood of new quality optics.
I am looking forward to the real world performance of this intriguing lens. Yes, I can afford the Canon 24 TS-E II but I would love to save some money and support a manufacturer that wants to bring great lenses to market.


Can’t wait for some thorough reviews!

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