Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

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Ed Rizk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,474
Re: Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

Ian L wrote:

Colin Dutton wrote:

I've been following this thread too and I just wanted to chip-in again.. if you do buy a TS lens you'll find it's useful for situations you've described here where you want to look up, but it also goes way beyond that. Nikon call these PC lenses for 'perspective control' for good reason.

For example I shot the exterior of a large villa here in Italy last week where the entrance was slightly to the right of centre so the building was not symmetrical. For the front view I stood in line with the entrance (which was nicely framed within some columns) and used a Nikkor 35mmPC lens shifting it 45° up and left at the same time. That allowed me to keep my eye centered on the front door and columns of the entrance while keeping the building centered in the frame and the verticals straight.

What I'm saying is that shifting left and right or other angles (not just up and down) can be really helpful in controlling perspective. Shooting this villa with a normal lens either the building would have been off-centre or the door would have been obstructed by the columns. These are little details but they do make a difference.

Having said that I usually spend at least a day shooting a property (two days in the case of this villa) so I guess I'm working at a different pace and budget to others here. In any case I'd still recommend a PC lens if you're shooting a lot of interiors or exteriors. If you're aiming to do your job well then you'll find it a useful tool.

Also, I'll just add that if I only had one PC lens it would be the 24mm. It's a field of view that doesn't exaggerate and let's you describe spaces with a certain elegance compared to wider lenses.

Hope that helps.

For where i am right now, shooting a house all day wouldn't be practical. It certainly wouldn't be worth it in terms of what I would be getting paid.

I would like to eventually get to the point where I'm shooting magazine quality properties.

For now, the wider angle lens would be more useful to me. Thanks for the feedback though.

I never felt crippled by the 60D and the 10-22. If I had to go back to that today, my pictures overall would be fine, and I would still look forward to better pictures as I got better at photography.

The 17 just kicks it all up a notch. Low dollar clients are not going to pay more for the difference. You might steal some from your competitors over the difference, but who knows. The difference might get you the developer, builder, architect, or publisher, all of whom will pay more. But there will be no overnight benefit, economically.

You will like it, though.

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