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Anyone try this m4/3 tilt lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Hikari, May 8, 2012.

  1. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 29, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Wow nice find! I shot a lot of portraits with tilt shift lenses when I owned a Canon system. A lot of fun to do for the right shoot.

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  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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  3. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Yeah thats pretty expensive. I have doubts about the image quality too. I would recommend picking up one of those tilt adapters from ebsy. I use one with an OM mount. I can share some shots I've taken if you're interested.
  4. DaveL

    DaveL Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    Rhode Island
  5. inkista

    inkista Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    Actually, I think the Photex tilt-shift is slightly more interesting, if you wanted to go for cheap Russian lenses. :) 

    Amazon.com: Photex 50mm f/2 Tilt Shift Lens for Olympus Micro 4/3 m4/3: Camera & Photo

    The Zenitar is a 15mm diagonal full-frame SLR fisheye and probably won't be all that fishy once it's adapted down to m4/3. The Peleng is the 8mm circular full-frame SLR fisheye and might fare a little better, but probably best to go for the Rokinon/Samyang 7.5 if you want a m43 fisheye. And not that much more expensive.
  6. Vulpix

    Vulpix Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Saw some on eBay, I think I'm going to order the Photex.
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    The Photex offers both tilt AND shift, which neither the Zenitar from the original post nor the adapers offer, so there's no denying its more capable. But at $350, you're definitely paying to play. At that price point you're getting into the range of something like the OM-mount Zuiko Shift 35mm, which I would have a lot more faith in (Olympus > Photex), and is probably a more usable focal length for what you want to do with these (Architectural, high vantage point, etc.).

    With a tilt adapter and a basic legacy lens you can get in the door for around US$100.
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Same here. I received my adapter last week, and it seems decent. The Photex is a bit more flexible (shift, can rotate around the axis), but the IQ of my adapter + Nikon 24/2.8 is far better than the Photex/Arsat 35/2.8 I used on my Nikon FF. It's possible that the optics of this Photex lens is better, but I'm skeptical.

  9. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    Let's see those shots

    Yes please, and any further info on how to use the focus etc.
  10. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    The lens is a cheap plastic Russian lens (Zenitar 50/2, worth about $15) with a tilt-shift part glued to it. The lens itself is nice optically, but mechanically it is very flimsy and feels like it's going to fall apart any moment.
  11. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Sure..happy to help. These are taken with the OM 50mm 1.8 on cheap 50$ tilt adapter (one of my fav lenses btw). The focusing is well, always a bit random given the nature of the tilting. Works really well on the G1 with the EVF. My E-P1 is just too low res, and painful to tilt/focus from the rear lcd without being able to hold it up to the face.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6991883074/" title="P5010444 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr"> 6991883074_e042a60abd_b. "1024" height="768" alt="P5010444"></a>

    More in this thread https://www.mu-43.com/f56/tilty-trainyard-25362/

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6397497065/" title="tilt-1040949 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr"> 6397497065_0c0b0177ff_b. "1024" height="768" alt="tilt-1040949"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6397497123/" title="tilt-1040956 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr"> 6397497123_ac99460291_b. "1024" height="768" alt="tilt-1040956"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6751316293/" title="flickr-1050225 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr"> 6751316293_dc163d67c3_b. "1024" height="768" alt="flickr-1050225"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6751314019/" title="flickr-1040983 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr"> 6751314019_a04abd2024_b. "1024" height="768" alt="flickr-1040983"></a>

    I have to say, I have waaaaay more pics printed out from this combination than I ever thought I would when I found the adapter on ebay. I find it really fun to use.
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  12. heedpantsnow

    heedpantsnow Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 24, 2011
    Wow, Phrenic, I really love those shots. I have an OM 50 1.8 sitting right here; which adapter did you use? Any other tips/tricks?
  13. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
  14. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    It's the cheapest tilt adapter you can find on ebay. If you type in m43+OM+tilt adapter or any combination, it should show up fast. Mine is from the seller jinfinance, but I think they're all pretty much the same. There are 2 basic designs. A simple one for 50-70$ that tilts to 8 degrees )or can be used as a simple OM adapter), and a more complex one made by kipon for around 120-140$ that can rotate in 360 degrees and has greater freedom and more tilting ability I believe.

    As for tips..for miniature/diorama effects the secret is to get up high above the subject. I think one of the best uses of this tilt is to get some cool bokeh (how I loathe the word lol) from light sources in the pictures..traffic lights/windows etc. Best thing you can do is just experiment..it's cheap enough. Its like 20$ for the adapter anyways, you're paying 30-40$ premium for the option to get the tilt effect.
  15. Jayradikal

    Jayradikal Mu-43 Rookie

    May 10, 2012
    I use a lensbaby tilt shift adapter on my GF1, and I managed to pick up a cheap 35-70mm nikkor lens for it. The adapter itself is for nikkon mounts.

    It's alot of fun to use. that first portrait in this thread is awesome. I wouldn't have thought that was a tilt shot. Nice one. Here are some of mine.



  16. Computer Controlled

    Computer Controlled Mu-43 Regular

    May 16, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Larry Kleinke
  17. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    i just wish they made a tilt & shift adapter for legacy lenses, specifically for my Minolta MD lenses :D  lol
  18. inkista

    inkista Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 13, 2012
    San Diego, CA
  19. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ohh, i have seen the Tilt adapters and the Shift adapters for MD lenses. But i never seen a T&S Adapter.
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