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Input on choosing a Tilt & Shift lens wanted

noneco

Vancouver, CA
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noneco Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th May 2009
Sun 03-Nov-13 07:06 AM

I need a little input on choosing a Tilt & Shift lens – dare I say it – possibly not a Nikon.

When I first started researching this, and with some helpful input from this forum, I figured on a 24mm as I am more interested in landscape over product, portrait, or architecture. I rented a 24mm PC-E and I like the DOF and image shifting. I went through my image catalogue paying attention to the ones that “felt” the best to me and looked for a trend in the focal length. Conclusion: for landscapes I do not particularly like the artificial depth produced by wide angle lenses nor the flattening of telephotos. I tend to try for a feel of reality which means something in the 43mm range.

What started my search is a planned trip to Iceland in February with images of glowing ice caves in my mind; walls receding at various angles and standing in cold running water. The PC-E lenses’ lack of individual tilt and shift orientation will limit creative opportunities plus the control dials are small and can be difficult to fine tune; especially so with gloves on colder days.

What I need is feedback on your experiences with non-Nikon 45mm-ish T&S lenses. I would like to say “price is of no object” but I do have marriage to protect. Which means the Hartblei 4/40 IF TS Superrotator at $7,000 is best not considered; unless someone knows of a used one?

Thanks. Cal

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