Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

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Photomonkey Senior Member • Posts: 2,565
Re: On the other hand

Ian L wrote:

JackM wrote:

Put it this way - I've done a few hundred r/e shoots and paid for all my gear several times over without a TS lens. I've never had a realtor complain or mention anything about excessive ceiling in my shots. So it's clearly not necessary unless you are shooting a lot of exteriors of tall-ish buildings. For interiors it's really just a convenience for the photographer, and you could probably get some marketing mileage out of saying you have a special tilt-shift perspective control lens. Still would be nice though.

Oh, i know i can keep using just a wide angle, and that probably 95% of all professional shot r/e images are not done with a t/s lens. But I'm interested in getting my photos as good as I possibly can. It's a little bit of an obsession. So i'm mainly just wondering if the t/s lens will make any difference, vs just using perspective correction in LR/PS.

TS lenses are sharp but most of the puffery you hear is from those rhapsodizing about their very expensive purchase.

In Julius Shulman's book on architectural photography notes that he rarely used the movements on his view camera. That is my experience in 20+ years of doing it.

In addition the notion that quality loss is significant when adjusting perspective in post is just wrong. Moderate corrections do not show issues at al. Moreover, if they were, they are at the edges and often in areas of no detail.

Like most obsessions, reality falls far short of fantasy.

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