mandophoto: Yes, an affordable TS lens would be nice, but not only does it need to be optically sound, it also needs to be mechanically well made. I hope enough copies are reviewed so that any mechanical QC issues are revealed.
Samyang has done pretty good job with a lot of their lenses, like the 85mm and 14mm. But I hope this is around 700 range. Otherwise they are over their head.
LoonSailor: For years, I shot with a view camera and loved the tilt-shift functionality, mostly for perspective control, which I really missed in SLRs. Now, though, with excellent perspective control available within Lightroom / photoshop, I don't really miss it nearly as much. Why is a tilt-shift lens better than a software-based correction? Is it primarily for depth of field control, or in order to use the entire frame more effectively (seems like not as big a deal with 30MP sensors), or to improve visualization at time of image capture? Or, is it just, somehow, "better"?
I want to want this lens, because it would be fun to play with and bring back great memories of my bellows days, but why does one NEED it?
You can't fake the tilt shift boken