You call that a Tilt/Shift lens? Now THIS is a Tilt/Shift Lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by jambaj0e, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I saw this at the WPPI convention in Vegas. I even got a chance to put it on my Panasonic GH2. A real beast! And expensive, too, at $4000!

    Schneider-Kreuznach PC-Tilt/Shift 90mm f/4.5 Makro Symmar Lens

    PC-TS – Perspective Control through Tilt / Shift is Schneider's new series of lenses for perspective control for digital single-lens reflex and Phase One medium format cameras.
    The high-resolution optics are combined with a precise zero-play mechanism in a completely innovative lens housing ensuring long-term stability required for professional photography and the feel that view camera photographers have always valued in Schneider-Kreuznach lenses.
    The exceptionally large image circles allow for full tilt and shift movements at any position in the lens rotation with no possibility of vignetting.
    This series of lenses truly represents the state of the art in digital picture taking optics. Available as a 50mm f/2.8 Super Angulon and 90mm f/4.5 Makro Symmar for DSLR cameras and 120mm f/5.6 Apo Digitar for the Phase One camera.

    Normal mode

    Nikon mount

    Horizontal shift

    And add some tilt



    Pretty challenging to use. Not sure if I'm using it correctly


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  2. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    It goes without saying, but this lens is quite heavy, too. Front-heavy, even on a GH2
  3. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Thanks for sharing. Did I see some purple fringing around the highlights? Even the Angulon`s focal length of 50mm is too long for MFT, I''m still hoping against better judgement that a 14mm shift lens will be offered someday. I still remember how I loved using the PC-Nikkor 28/4 on my F3. I often used it with small shifts just to get the horizon out of the middle and obtain a better composition. Correction afterwards for converging lines or cropping is definitely not the same as composing the image on the spot.

    When I wanted to buy a second-hand PC-Nikkor 35/2.8 the salesman talked me out of it: you need a tripod and it's unwieldly, you won't use it. A few years later I succumbed and I used it all the time, until I bought a PC-Nikkor 28/4 which I then used all the time. I found using these lenses without a tripod perfectly possible, although a tripod mostly improves my pictures, especially now I have one with accurate spirit levels. OK, will stop rambling now, here's an example made with the PC-Nikkor 28/4.

  4. zacster

    zacster Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Without even seeing the price I knew that was going to be super expensive.
  5. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2011
    That lens is a beast!
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  6. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Hmm, I'm not sure in regards to the purple fringing. I wish I could take it around the show floor and outside, haha. Also, I never really used a tilt shift lens before, so I'm sure if I align things properly, the effect would be better.

    And nice image, by the way
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  7. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I don't see any purple fringing. Just a backlit keyboard.

  8. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Yeah, I guess you're right. The lights are blue, but aren't that obvious when in focus.
  9. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That is a cine lens , they are always heavy. Tilt/shifts are popular in cinema for putting the focus just in the spot the DP{Director of Photography} wants. Schneider makes great glass and yes expensive but not as bad as the Ziess ones.
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Man, it even has a stick-shift.
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