Why I Chose the Samyang Tilt/Shift Lens for Cityscapes

Nicolas Wauters

Photographer from Belgium



Why I Chose the Samyang Tilt/Shift Lens for Cityscapes


“Why did I choose a Tilt-Shift lens? Even if I like the retouching part, I like to frame my pictures as most as possible in the field.”

Maybe it's due to my character, as I'm a little maniac, but I like when everything is straight! It's also a personal taste, some people love the wild angle and distortion effect but I'm not a huge fan of that.



Having a tilt-shift lens allows me to keep everything straight when I take the pic but also to crop less in post-prod.




It allows me also to be closest to the ground, which would magnify the distortion effect with a normal lens.




That's the main and only reason why I use this lens and it helps me to produce hundreds of images I'm glad of.

However, you can also play with the tilt effect to create a "miniature" effect. And even if I use this lens for many years, I have never tried it. It can be a great thing to try in the future?




All images have a story and I'm sure it is the same for any photographer. Through my photos of the city,

I try to share my love of Japan and particularly of a Japan devoid of people. But each photo outing allows me to spend a moment of intimacy where I feel like I have the city all to myself. 

“City, Alone: Welcome to My World!”







The Samyang 24mm F3.5 Tilt-Shift in the camera has changed my world. It meets the specs and features I needed for cityscapes or landscapes. 

It’s a manual focus lens which ensures the excellent quality of pictures.




Tilt / Shift

Tilt-Shift camera lens allows the user a smooth adjustment of the focal plane angle. 

The focal plane angle ranges from -8.5 to +8.5 degrees while the parallel shift of the lens optical axis by ±12 millimeters. 

Samyang provides its user an excellent angle view of 90-degrees. 

Although, you can operate it on 30, 60, or 90 degrees against each other. 

Despite that, the bayonet mount can also be rotated to the right by ± 90 degrees, also at 30 degrees addition. 

These were the basic specifications for Samyang 24 mm f/3.5 Tilt-shift camera lens. Let’s dive into in-depth details.


Wide 24mm Focal Length

I think the Samyang Tilt/Shift 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC lens was manufactured especially for landscape photographers. 

Although it can be used for architecture photography and environmental portraits, it is specially designed for landscape photography.

he reason behind this is its excellent 24 mm focal length. Besides that, the tilt functions also add a significant value to its use for landscape photography. 

To achieve an optimized result, I recommend operating the lens at least f/5.6 or f/8.


Chromatic Aberration

Due to high specs, Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift shows only a minor chromatic aberration. 

And this only happens when you operate this lens at extreme full frames. This minor chromatic aberration is not a big deal.

When you are capturing a bright source, your final result will have some flares, especially on narrow apertures. 

This lens also has in-built 6 non-round apertures, which you will notice when you are capturing a bright out-of-focus source. 

Having a bright unfocused source in your frame will be captured with hexagonal shapes of blurred light spots.

Build Quality

The most salient feature of Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift is its lens build quality. It provides a manual focus-only lens. 

It enables the focus ring to function extra smoothly. Consequently, photographers are at a greater advantage by this distinction. 

Also, the focus ring-built is very nicely done. It is of perfect size, extremely smooth, and has an ideal amount of dampening.

The lens comes with a DOF (depth of field) scale marked on it. It shows f/5.6, f/11, and f/22 on the scale. 

An efficient range of short-distance focus distance markings (in ft and m) are marked too. It can exceed the infinity mark.





Overall, the lens build quality is unparallel for its price range. The movements are very smooth, and the lens is solid and has a very nice feel. 

The knobs provide a good grip and work efficiently. Despite it, the knobs are differently colored, providing ease to distinguish them. 

The whole body is made from high-quality plastic, which gives it a very nice look. It's worth its price.


8 years ago, when I start to focus my photography on Japanese structure and building I have hesitated a long time on buying a Tilt-Shift lens. But due to their attractiveness, 

I purchase this Samyang 24 tilt-shift and since this day, this lens has never left my backpack (unless I go for a hike in nature).

It helps me to accomplish photography that I will never be able to do on-field with a general lens or that I would be able to do only when I crop and reframe in Lightroom with a non-tilt-shift lens!







So if you like to capture the cities like me, I really invite you to discover this Samyang Tilt/Shift 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC lens.

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Samyang’s Guide to Achieving the Optimal Angle of View

The perfect spacing and distance are always necessary when shooting all kinds of subjects, including people, to give them a proper relationship with the beautiful space around them. So, what’s the exact distance that helps you best appreciate a work of art, or a photo?

The correct answer is the diagonal length of the full frame of a subject.

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The best standpoint from which to appreciate the full view of a subject is the distance of the diagonal length of the subject frame. This wider angle is superior to standing closer at a 50 degree angle to get a more detailed view. This notion of an ideal distance or view point is also applicable in the world of photography.

For still images, keeping a distance equal to the diagonal length of the full image surface is recommended. The full frame sensor of a digital camera is 36 x 24mm and the diagonal length is 43.26mm so any distance close to this number is nearer to the ideal than the currently accepted industry standard of 50mm.

Back when film cameras were common, 45mm was the industry standard and this continued as reflex cameras needed extra space to fit a mirror. However, as mirrorless cameras become more popular again, there has been a need to return to this industry standard…which is the impetus for the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE. With less distortion than a 35mm lens and wider angles than a 55mm lens, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is a perfect lens for portraits, landscapes, architecture photography, and pictures of pets.

What is Preset Aperture Control Function?

On the Preset Aperture Control function, the aperture blade operates smoothly like a "De-clicked lens", which is advantageous for video recording.
Fujifilm cameras are engineered to control the aperture according to the minimum exposure value(F-stop), so when the camera controls the aperture, it blinks momentarily to set the proper exposure.

AF 75mm F1.8 X intentionally disconnects the communication with the camera body and the lens itself on the Preset Aperture Control function, so it is possible to smoothly adjust the exposure without flickering. ISO and shutter speed are adjusted according to the changed exposure by controlling the aperture, so the exposure value can be changed even with the 1/2 F-stop.

What is Recommended Settings for Preset Aperture Control Function?

The Preset Aperture Control function operates only when shooting video(Movie mode) and the focusing mode of the camera is set to AF mode. Please set the aperture at f/1.8 before switching the "Custom Switch" to "Mode 2. It is recommended to set the "Exposure mode" as A mode (Aperture Priority AE) or M mode (Manual Exposure).

* How to use the “Preset Aperture Control” function?

1) Camera Body Setting
      AF Mode → Video Mode ('A' or 'M' mode) → Set the Aperture @F1.8
(2) Lens Setting
      Switch your "Custom Switch” to “Mode 2(M2)"
(3) Now, you're ready to use the Preset Aperture Control function with your focus ring

[What is Dolly Shot? How to shoot easily]

[What is Dolly shot?]

A dolly shot, also referred to as a tracking shot or trucking shot, is a camera movement technique used by cinematographers to track and follow a subject in motion. To achieve this, the camera is mounted on a device called a "dolly," which facilitates smooth tracking movement. The dolly can move in front of, behind, or alongside the subject, which can be a person, a location, a product, or any other object of focus in the frame. Through this, you can control the emotional distance between the subject and the viewer by highlighting the audiovisual and dramatic effects.

[How to take a Dolly Shot simply by handheld]

Tip. If the moving distance is long, the camera may shake, so please shoot at a focal length between 35 and 100mm.
1. Stand at a distance of about 1.5 to 2 meters away from the subject.
2. Set the custom switch to MF and Mode 3 and adjust the focal length to about 100mm.
3. After focusing on the subject, set the aperture to F8~16.
4. Slowly turn the zoom ring to the left (towards the wide-angle end) while using your upper body and arms to move the camera toward your subject.
5. Dolly Shot complete!
※ When shooting from a farther distance from the subject, use a cart or gimbal for more stable shooting.

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