>Looks similar to the Nikons in that it will only tilt and >shift in perpendicular axis.
I had heard rumors that it would be more flexible.
The Samyang description says "The Tilt-Shift section may be rotated left by 90 degrees (with 30 degree adjustment), while mount of the lens may be rotated both in left and right direction by 90 degrees, also with 30 degree adjustment." What is the second rotation for?
> >Looks similar to the Nikons in that it will only tilt and >shift in perpendicular axis. > Looking at the few pictures that they posted - one shows the tilt and shift on the same axis while another shows them 90 degrees from each other. This is a major advantage over the Nikon in my opinion.
>$1000 USD. Not bad, since the Nikkors are much more, and a >cheap way into T/S lenses.
I didn't see a price on the web page you linked. Where did you get the $1000?
Also, I currently have the older 85mm Nikon tilt/shift lens and was wondering whether the tilt effects are as dramatic with a 24mm lens, as the depth of field (for given f/stop and subject distance) is already large due to the small focal length.
The shift is very easy to get the hang of, the tilt takes some practice.
Depending on the particular lens design, remember the aperture stop-down procedure is important. The Nikon PC-E's are easiest.
Sometimes the pentaprism/flash housing will interfere with movement of the lens, usually the shift. Sometimes mounting can be a problem when one of the adjustment or locking knobs hits the housing. You can usually work around this my changing the lens orientation (direction of shift/tilt). Try the lens on your body to be sure it will work as you want it to. The only bodies that I know that have absolutely no interference issues are the pro bodies (D1, 2, 3 and 4 series).
These lenses are best used mounted on a tripod. Except for the PC-E's everything is manual, and on those you can use aperture priority on D3 and later Nikon bodies, plus get automatic aperture stop-down.