A perfect tool for fun photography: Kipon tilt-shift adapter
This is the second part of my continuing report/review of my learning progress with the Kipon TS adapter. I use the searchable DPReview forum as my photography home and blog page. I've learned so much from fellow photographers here, and now I try to share my experience in case someone is thinking on buying a tilt-shift adapter.
Today I had a chance to give a try to the shift function of the Kipon TS adapter just outside the main railway station
I had to rotate the adapter 90 degree (of course) to correct vertical perspective:
It's so great that for 270 Euros I have an adapter which I can use as a regular Nikon G adapter, a tilting adapter (an alternative to Lensbaby) and shifting for perspective correction. On the other hand, I recently met a guy who showed me a couple of photos that he took with cheap point-and-shoot and heavily processed with Photoshop, it was amazing. I think he would just laugh at my efforts to take these kind of photos that he can produce with Photoshop in 10 minutes from any photo.
Here is my tiltable and shiftable lens collection.
Here are a couple of question I received:
- Q: Can I use a tilt-shift adapter on my Nikon DSLR?
A: No. The flange is too long on a regular mirror DSLR. Tilt-shift adapters are available only for mirrorless cameras: Sony E mount, Fujifilm X mount, Olympus/Panasonic m43 mount.
- Q: Can I use a tilt-shift adapter with a Speed Booster?
A: No. You can use however a Lensbaby Composer with Nikon mount.
- Q: Which lenses are best for tilt-shift photograpy?
A: Nikon and Samyang AI, AF-D and G, M32 mount and Leica R lenses.
- Q: Can I use Leica M lenses with the tilt-shift adapter?
- Q: Is it meaningful to buy just a tilt adapter?
A: Absolutely. For Lensbaby style fun photography, a much cheaper tilt adapter is perfect. Shifting is required only for perspective correcting architecture photography, if I am not mistaken.
- Q: Does a tilt adapter completely replaces a Lensbaby Composer?
A: If you have a mirrorless camera more-or-less yes. On a regular DSLR the only options are either dedicated expensive TS/PC lenses or Lensbaby.
- Q: Can I use the Kipon tilt-shift Nikon - NEX adapter on the full-frame Sony A7?
A: I have no experience, I have yet to buy a Kipon adapter for my daughter's A7. I think tilting should work fine, it should not depend on the sensor size. Shifting, though, will not work as nicely as on APS or m43 cameras.
Take care, Miki
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