Sample Image Gallery: Rokinon T-S 24mm F/3.5 Tilt-Shift Lens

We got our hands on one of the very first tilt-shifts off Rokinon's assembly line and brought it from New York City to Florida (and back again) over the course of one weekend

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Poolside with a tilt-shift lens.Dan Bracaglia

Tilt-shift lenses aren't cheap, so when the official announcement of the $1000 Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift lens came about, many photographers were very excited. We got one of the first ones to roll off the assembly line and took it for some testing in NYC and Florida.

The images that follow were all shot RAW and converted to JPG's using Adobe Lightroom 4. Some slight exposure adjustments were made to a few of the images (no more than +or- 2/3rds a stop).

Because the lens has no electrical communication with the camera, aperture information was not recorded in the metadata. That said, the vast majority of the images that follow were shot at f/3.5 (a couple of the ones in bright sunlight may have been at f/4 or f/5.6). Be sure to click the link to view the full-res version of each photo. And stay tuned for our full lab test coming soon.

Rokinon tilt-shift 1

Rokinon tilt-shift 1

One of the first things I noticed about the Rokinon tilt-shift was how much it threw-off the 5D Mark II's AF metering. I started off shooting on Aperture Priority mode, as I often do, but found the camera over-exposing each image by an average of 3 stops (meaning exposure compensation wasn't going to fix the problem). That said, if you're someone who is afraid of shooting in manual mode, this lens may not be for you.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 2

Rokinon tilt-shift 2

These friendly horses let me get right up in their faces to test the close-focusing distance of the lens. However, later images will reveal that this lens allows you to get even closer than this.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 3

Rokinon tilt-shift 3

Sony shooters will be glad that there's an A-mount version, bringing true tilt-shift to their cameras. Users of old Minolta cameras are also happy about that.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 4

Rokinon tilt-shift 4

Another slight challenge I had with this lens was achieving sharp focus, even with the help of the focus-distance scale on the lens barrel. That is not to say that sharp focus can not be obtained, it just meant in my case, bracketing my focus slightly (I shot on average of 3 frames for each image) helped me achieve a sharp frame each time.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 5

Rokinon tilt-shift 5

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Rokinon tilt-shift 6

Rokinon tilt-shift 6

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Rokinon tilt-shift 7

Rokinon tilt-shift 7

The last tilt-shift lens I field tested was Nikon's 45mm f/2.8; however I found the 24mm focal length in general to lend itself far better to tilt-shift-style photography.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 8

Rokinon tilt-shift 8

The bowels of Brooklyn look a lot more serene through a tilt-shift lens.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 9

Rokinon tilt-shift 9

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Rokinon tilt-shift 10

Rokinon tilt-shift 10

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Rokinon tilt-shift 11

Rokinon tilt-shift 11

This lens focuses insanely close. See the next image for more proof.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 12

Rokinon tilt-shift 12

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Rokinon tilt-shift 13

Rokinon tilt-shift 13

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Rokinon tilt-shift 14

Rokinon tilt-shift 14

Tilt-shift lenses aren't ideal for shooting from the hip, but it is possible.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 15

Rokinon tilt-shift 15

We spent a lot of time getting our tilt on in this gallery. The next 3 images are meant to demonstrate the slightly-less-fun shifting abilities of the lens. This first image shows the stairs with the lens shifted all the way down.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 16

Rokinon tilt-shift 16

This image shows the stairs with the lens shifted all the way up.Dan Bracaglia
Rokinon tilt-shift 17

Rokinon tilt-shift 17

This final image shows the stairs without any shifting at all.Dan Bracaglia