Canon Weekend Deals (Rebel T3i, T5i, Rokinon 24mm f/1.4, SX500)

A bunch of deals at Adorama

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens & EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens instead of $899 click “Buy together and Save” and add the printer and paper. Final price after Mail in Rebate is $549 (click here). Free shipping and earn 2% Adorama Rewards
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 18-135mm IS Lens & 55-250mm IS II Lens, 16GB SDHC Memory Card, Camera Bag instead of $1399 click “Buy together and Save” and add the printer paper, flash drive and software. Final price after Mail in Rebate is $999.05 (click here). Free shipping and earn 2% Adorama Rewards.
  • Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 Aspherical Wide Angle Lens instead of $599 on sale for $499.00 (click here). Expires Sunday
  • PowerShot SX500 IS (16MP, 30x Optical Zoom, 24mm Wide-Angle Lens, 720p HD Video, and Intelligent Image Stabilization) instead of $239.00 on sale for $224.95 (click here) with a free Canon Pixma MG2220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer ($50 value)

Rokinon 24mm Tilt-Shift Lens Reviewed (The Phoblographer)

Rokinon 24mm

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f3.5 ED AS UMC
B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

  • Fast Wide-Angle Lens
  • Full-Frame Coverage
  • Geared Focus and Aperture Rings
  • “Declicked” Aperture Ring
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • UMC Multi-Coating
  • Detachable Petal Shaped Lens Hood

The Phoblographer reviewed the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC lens. This inexpensive, manual-focus tilt-shift lens is a good alternative to the brand-products. Optical quality is good, and if you can live with a manual focus lens (not really a problem on a TS lens), then the Rokinon is a valid alternative for those on a budget. They tested the Nikon-mount version, but did it using an EOS 5D Mark II through an adapter.

In the conclusion they write:

What this Rokinon has done is open the floodgates to the world of Perspective Control imagery for photographers that have otherwise avoided these magnificent lenses due to to the sheer cost of them. For instance, Canon’s mkII version of the 24mm f3.5L TS-E costs a whopping $2200, a full $1200 MORE than the Rokinon. When you consider what they have accomplished with their lens and delivered it for under $1k, I find that to be pretty astonishing personally. […]  I have to say though, I am slightly conflicted over this lens. I think that it is a great opportunity for photographers who are new to tilt-shift photography to get into it, and for those of us on a budget it allows us to have a pretty decent lens for the price of entry.

The review comes with lots of sample pictures.

[via The Phoblographer]

Tilt-Shift Lens Comparison: Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 vs Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II


Ron Martinsen compared the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC vs the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, two tilt-shift lenses with a huge price difference: around $989 for the Rokinon, $2000 for the Canon. About the Rokinon’s build quality he says: the Rokinon didn’t feel like a cheap lens. It has more substance and quality feel than a typical Canon EF-S lens.

In the conclusion Ron writes:

My overall conclusion was that you have to look pretty hard to see the differences, so the Rokinon impressed me quite a bit. Really all that I could fault the Rokinon for was a seemingly inferior bokeh and the fact that it was a little darker.  Sure, the Rokinon controls are garbage but they work so if you are gentle on your gear it should probably be fine. Image quality wise I’d call it “as good as” Canon.

Be sure to check out Ron’s blog for more samples.

Rokinon – Practical Shift Test (image courtesy: Ron Martinsen)
Canon – Practical Shift Test (image courtesy: Ron Martinsen)

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Product descriptions after the jump.

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Bower 24mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle Lens – $499 ($200 Off)

Bower 24mm f/1.4

B&H has the Bower 24mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle Lens on sale with a $200 discount – get it for $499 (click here). Note: the deal expires May 31st.

Bower 24mm f/1.4

Product description:

The 24mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle Lens for Canon from Bower is a wide-angle lens that gives you superb low-light capabilities with its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, making it ideal for photojournalism, street photography, interiors and everyday photography. This manual exposure, manual focus lens focuses as close as 9.8″, and its circular aperture and narrow depth of field provide pleasing background blur. Advanced multi-coated optical glass reduces flare, distortion and bending for superb image quality.

This durable and compact lens has an EF mount and is compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C cameras. When mounted on a camera with an APS-C size sensor, it has an equivalent focal length of 38.4mm. A tulip lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and a lens pouch are included.

High-quality, durable construction with ultra-fast lens for crisp image capture
Floating design for sharp images from nearest focus to infinity
Aspherical glass for improved image edge quality
High-refractive optical glass used
Multi-coating for reduced flare
Smooth image quality in out-of-focus areas using 8 aperture blades

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens Shipping – $999

The Rokinon/Samyang/Bower Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC lens in stock and ready to ship for $999 at both Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here).

Product description (from Adorama's product page):

The Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift Len for Canon is a wide-angle, full-frame lens fitted with the perspective control and tilt-shift functions. A tilt-shift lens allows the user to control perspective and correct convergence of lines within your frame, useful especially in architecture, landscape and product photography. The optical tilt mechanisms enable precise control of depth of field along with perspective control. It is compatible with both digital and film formats with an angle of view of 83.5deg. and on an APS-C size sensor has an angle of view of 56.9deg. and focal length equivalent of 38.4mm.

The tilt-shift function on the 24mm f/3.5 lens allows adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-8.5deg. and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12mm. The tilt-shift section of the lens rotates left 90deg. (click-stop adjustment each 30deg.) and the lens mount can rotate left or right by 90deg. (click-stop adjustment each 30deg.).

The lens is comprised of 16 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lenses and two Enhanced Dispersion (ED) lenses, which reduce aberrations and provide sharp details and accurate color separation. Multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coating on each lens element allow even light transmission, minimizing flares and ghosting.