I recently went on a photo tour and one of my fellow photographers had a gallery of landscapes that he had taken using a tilt-shift lens. (He shoots Cannon but he’s still a nice guy .) My use for a “Perspective Control Lens” would be first for open landscapes (DoF) and second for trees/forests (perspective control) not studio and very little architecture. At these prices it will be only one lens and the 85mm is longer than I usually use for landscapes.
Questions: If you have a tilt-shift lens(es), which one do you use the most for landscapes?
What is your most used non-tilt-shift focal length for landscapes?
Thanks. Cal Note: I also posted this in the Landscape forum. My apologies for cross posting but it seemed appropriate in this case.
I think this is going to be very photographer-dependent. I rent the 24/f3.5 PC-E and own the 85/2.8 PC, and I use the 85 considerably more - and also more for landscapes. But I use longer lenses for landscapes than many other people do, in general. For architecture, it's a no-contest, of course, but I'd rather have a 17mm PC-E for that. I've never felt the need for the 45/f2.8 PC-E, not even to rent - but others might feel quite differently.
FYI: total production of the 24 PCE is about 13k, 85 PC and PC-E's about 12k, and about 4k for the 45 PCE.
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The PC-E 45mm is purported to be a much sharper lens than the PC-E 24mm. Also there are reports of the 24mm having CA, which the 45mm does not. Very hard if not impossible to correct for this in post on a PC lens.
I have no on-hands experience with these lenses, but I plan to purchase the 45mm this year due to these these reasons.
The 85mm is excellent as well, very close if not the same sharpness as the 45mm. I want something wider, but would consider this lens if I ever have extra money for another PC-E lens.
I had a 24mm TS and used it for a while. Like a lot of other lenses that I thought would be a big difference, I used it sparingly after a year. Sold it for a more usable lens. I do believe you would get more use out of the 24mm over the 45mm. Best of luck.