Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

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Colin Dutton Regular Member • Posts: 220
Re: Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

I shoot a lot of interiors on a D850 using 3 lenses.. a 24mmPC (tilt-shift),  a 16-35mm and a 50mm. The 24mm PC is a super-useful lens and I use it for the majority of my interiors. I also have an older 35mm PC Nikkor which I love and still use now and then.

For me a PC lens has three main advantages compared to correcting in post: it lets you crop precisely in-camera so what you see is what you get and that's important to me as the position of elements on the edges and corners of a frame can make a big difference to the shot. It also lets you see around corners to a certain extent in tight spaces and you can avoid your reflection in a mirror by shifting sideways while keeping everything straight with the wall. Plus of course some tilt can increase your depth of field without resorting to tiny apertures, although that's probably more interesting for landscape photogaphers.

One major difference between the Canon and Nikon PC lenses was that the Canon could shift and tilt on the same axis whereas the Nikon couldn't.  With my 24mmPC I can either shift or tilt but not both at the same time. Anyway, that's not a problem for what I use it for. The 19mm PC NIkkor finally offers shift and tilt on the same axis. It's also sharper and better engineed that the previous generation of Nikkor PCs.

I think if you're specialised in interior or architectural photography then the investment in a PC lens should be pretty easy to justify. It's just the right tool for the job.

Having said that.. the motorbike sounds fun!

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