5d2 & TS-E 45 - first time tilt shift user thoughts

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forbaz Contributing Member • Posts: 510
5d2 & TS-E 45 - first time tilt shift user thoughts

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Just picked up a 2nd hand TS-E 45 last week. First crack at seeing what it could do both with some portrait and landscape work today. Not the easiest thing to use for sure, with the manual focus (99.9% of the stuff I usually do is with AF), but definite sense of accomplishment when you get the photo. Especially as it was my first go I felt the need of course to use full tilt and 2.8 for every shot

Happy for cc of pics. A few of them below, all shot with 5d2. More at the link in my signature if you're interested.

PIC 1

PIC 2

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PIC 4

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vvv14 Forum Member • Posts: 56
Re: 5d2 & TS-E 45 - first time tilt shift user thoughts

Congrats on your new toy. Great shots, my favorites are 1 and 4.

However, i can't stop thinking about a tutorial I saw on Photoshop CS6 about selective blurring.

tiberiousgracchus Regular Member • Posts: 250
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lovely set. pics 4.5.6 my favs

forbaz OP Contributing Member • Posts: 510
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vvv14 wrote:

Congrats on your new toy. Great shots, my favorites are 1 and 4.

However, i can't stop thinking about a tutorial I saw on Photoshop CS6 about selective blurring.

cheers vvv. I havn't quite seen anyone who has been able properly replicate TS via photoshop, but i've seen plenty of not so good examples. I'm more about getting it right in camera and spending as little time as possible on the PP - I don't have photoshop anyway

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forbaz OP Contributing Member • Posts: 510
Re: 5d2 & TS-E 45 - first time tilt shift user thoughts

cheers!

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Peter 13 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,301
Re: 5d2 & TS-E 45 - first time tilt shift user thoughts

Sorry to say that but except for the last picture, the rest look like shots taken with a defective lens.

Dimitris Mitrovgenis Regular Member • Posts: 415
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Hey I would love this Defective lens.Listen to Peter 13 and sell it to me!!!!!!

Peter 13 wrote:

Sorry to say that but except for the last picture, the rest look like shots taken with a defective lens.

forbaz OP Contributing Member • Posts: 510
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Dimitris Mitrovgenis wrote:
Hey I would love this Defective lens.Listen to Peter 13 and sell it to me!!!!!!

Peter 13 wrote:

Sorry to say that but except for the last picture, the rest look like shots taken with a defective lens.

sorry Dimitris, this one's staying in my bag for now

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russbarnes Senior Member • Posts: 1,199
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If you use a slightly narrower aperture you will get a smoother transition to out of focus areas. I have a set here amongst others on my site:

http://russbarnes.co.uk/altered_realities/slideshow

You might find you need to start using grad filters too because out of focus elements can easily be blown using tilt lenses.

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forbaz OP Contributing Member • Posts: 510
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russbarnes wrote:

If you use a slightly narrower aperture you will get a smoother transition to out of focus areas. I have a set here amongst others on my site:

http://russbarnes.co.uk/altered_realities/slideshow

You might find you need to start using grad filters too because out of focus elements can easily be blown using tilt lenses.

russ,

thanks very much for the link, and the tip. I had a look through your site - these images are truly exceptional, and i'm not even really a landscape style photographer, but can really appreciate your photos. Can I ask a few questions please - how narrow generally are you going on the aperture? Are you going as far as max tilt, and which of the ts-e lenses are you using in your shots? Thanks again!

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russbarnes Senior Member • Posts: 1,199
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forbaz wrote:

thanks very much for the link, and the tip. I had a look through your site - these images are truly exceptional, and i'm not even really a landscape style photographer, but can really appreciate your photos.

Thanks man

Can I ask a few questions please - how narrow generally are you going on the aperture?

I find shooting selectively at f/4 to f/5.6 can render a softer transition between the focussed and out of focus areas. You'll also find that this is likely to render better images because you're using the lens stopped down a little.

Are you going as far as max tilt

Ah yes, something else. I use about 5 degrees, not the whole hog. Using these lenses without going to the max will also produce much better images overall.

and which of the ts-e lenses are you using in your shots? Thanks again!

Errrrrrrrrr sorry, but I shoot Nikon's 24mm PC-E and 45mm PC-E But I'm sure if you buy the 24mm TS-E II you'll find this is a very capable lens indeed... I'm waiting for Nikon's delivery of a 17mm PC-E which is now under development and due this year...

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forbaz OP Contributing Member • Posts: 510
Re: 5d2 & TS-E 45 - first time tilt shift user thoughts

russbarnes wrote:

forbaz wrote:

thanks very much for the link, and the tip. I had a look through your site - these images are truly exceptional, and i'm not even really a landscape style photographer, but can really appreciate your photos.

Thanks man

Can I ask a few questions please - how narrow generally are you going on the aperture?

I find shooting selectively at f/4 to f/5.6 can render a softer transition between the focussed and out of focus areas. You'll also find that this is likely to render better images because you're using the lens stopped down a little.

Are you going as far as max tilt

Ah yes, something else. I use about 5 degrees, not the whole hog. Using these lenses without going to the max will also produce much better images overall.

and which of the ts-e lenses are you using in your shots? Thanks again!

Errrrrrrrrr sorry, but I shoot Nikon's 24mm PC-E and 45mm PC-E But I'm sure if you buy the 24mm TS-E II you'll find this is a very capable lens indeed... I'm waiting for Nikon's delivery of a 17mm PC-E which is now under development and due this year...

thanks Russ much appreciated!

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