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Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm F/3.5 release date announced for May 02 2013

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Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm F/3.5 release date announced for May 02 2013

The Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC from Rokinon is a wide-angle lens designed for full frame cameras, featuring perspective control and tilt-shift functions.

A tilt-shift lens allows perspective control and correction of converging lines, useful especially in architecture, landscape and product photography.

Rokinon's Tilt-Shift 24mm F/3.5 wide lens, useful for architecture photography.
Rokinon’s Tilt-Shift 24mm F/3.5 fixed wide lens can be used for architecture photography.

Rokinon T-S 24mm ships next week, available for Canon, Nikon and Sony

Anticipated by photographers looking for a less expensive tilt-shift since September last year, the Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5ED AS UMC is finally ready to ship.

Initially presented at Photokina 2012 as being compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony Alpha mounts, the Rokinon T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED will be available only for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras, starting next week.

The lens was developed with extensive flexibility, in order to live up to requirements from even the most demanding architecture and product photographers.

Tilt-shift lenses produce unique images

Although not adopted unanimously, most professionals attest that tilt-shift operations can offer unique results.

The techniques are still underrated, mostly because they’re not widely known to their full extent. Recently, though, a type of tilt (in combination with narrow selective focus) has become more well-known, for creating photos that seem to depict miniature toy sets. The images have reached such popularity that that the term ’tilt-shift’ came to define only miniature looking scenes.

However, tilt and shift are two different lens movements and each produces different results.

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm F/3.5 lens left tilt
Rokinon’s Tilt-Shift 24mm F/3.5 lens upper view. Pictured here is a tilt to the left.

Tilt and shift, two different movements

For starters, tilting is a relatively circular motion of the lens barrel, while shifting is its sideways displacement. Tilting can produce a very narrow selective focus, used for product shots, and the aforementioned miniatures. In addition, it can also create the opposite – a wide depth of field, necessary in landscape photography.

Shifting is useful for architecture photography. Through a regular lens setup, tall buildings seem to converge at the top and “fall over” backwards. Shifting makes skyscrapers appear straight and parallel, by distorting the lens’ perspective.

Notably, tilt-shift lenses make more efficient use of a scene’s lighting, because of the higher degree of movement, without having to adjust f-stops, as opposed to normal lenses.

Even though the lenses are typically honed by professionals, aspiring photographers can experiment with new ways of image creation, through the unique perspectives of tilt-shifting.

Rokinon T-S 24mm F/3.5 shifts 12 mm and tilts 8.5 degrees

The fixed wide-angle Rokinon T-S 24mm F/3.5 lens is compatible with both digital and film mounts. Its angle of view reaches 83.5 degrees on a full frame sensor, but the lens can also be used with an APS-C imager, at a lower angle of of 56.9 degrees.

Its focal plane can be tilted at a maximum angle of 8.5 degrees and shifted up to 12mm.

The tilt-shift section can be rotated left by 90 degrees (with 30 degree stops), while the lens mount can be turned both left and right by 90 degrees (also with 30 degree stops).

Solid construction for a decent price

Construction appears to be high-grade, using 16 optical elements in 11 groups, with 2 aspherical lenses, and 2 Enhanced Dispersion (ED) lenses.

As of next week, the Rokinon T-S 24mm F/3.5 ED AS UMC lens is available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of $1299.99. For an in-depth tilt-shift lesson, this video from Canadian video-creation agency Stillmotion, commissioned by Canon live learning, goes into details, with examples.

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