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Hartblei Tilt Transformer fo Micro 4/3 cameras M42 lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by phillygoat, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. phillygoat

    phillygoat Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    I just picked up a "Hartblei Tilt Transformer fo Micro 4/3 cameras M42" on ebay for my GF1. Has anyone else has had a chance to fool around with one yet?

    As a longtime russian camera aficionado (a love that predates my m43 love :)  I am familiar with the hartblei brand, and have an idea what to expect, but I'd love to hear from someone that is already using one of these, or see some sample images (especially from 28 or 50mm lenses).

    Anyone? Anyone?
  2. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    I don't have that hartblei adapter, but I have a similarly designed chinese-made one. Though this one lacks the 360 degree rotation, but same degree of tilt. (and is for OM lenses) These pics with the 50mm 1.8 should give you an idea of what to expect.

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6397497159/" title="tilt-1040957 by one.mic, on Flickr"> 6397497159_0dd2544f81_b. "1024" height="768" alt="tilt-1040957"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-quan/6397497123/" title="tilt-1040956 by one.mic, on Flickr"> 6397497123_ac99460291_b. "1024" height="768" alt="tilt-1040956"></a>
  3. vijaym43

    vijaym43 New to Mu-43

    Dec 21, 2011
    Whenever I see photos taken with these adapters, the tilt movement is used to adjust the plane of focus so that very little of the photograph is in sharp focus.

    Can these adapters also be used to bring more of the image into focus, like you would with front tilt movements on large format cameras?

  4. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Yeah most people crank it to the maximum setting but you can adjust the tilt anywhere from 0-8 degrees to krep more in focus.
  5. vijaym43

    vijaym43 New to Mu-43

    Dec 21, 2011
    Thanks phrenic.
  6. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Yes, it's called the Scheimpflug effect (or principle). And it will work with these tilt adapters, too, although the degree of tilt is probably much more limited. I used this to good effect back in my college days, shooting 4x5 film. And it might be fun to play with the same thing on our tiny little m43s. You could drape a black cloth over it and pretend the LCD is a tiny little ground glass. :smile:

    I'm not sure how you'd make it display upside down, though. :wink:

    Scheimpflug principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  7. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    I bought mine on ebay used, though it is the same as the current chinese offerings such as this:

    Tilt Pentax K PK Lens To Micro 4/3 M43 Mount Adapter EP3 EPM1 EP2 G3 GF2 GH1 GF3 | eBay

    It works well and has the rotation feature, my only complaint is that the interior is not completely matte black, though I haven't noticed any evidence of reflections in my photos with it. Absolutely love it with my pentax 43mm f1.9 limited! I took some shots and posted in a previous thread here:

    Tilt examples with pentax 43mm

    The 3rd and 2nd to last shots in particular show how the rotation can move the focus from one side to another, it is quite fun.
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