19mm PC what?

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OP ExpatSooner New Member • Posts: 23
Re: Why? Because Camera Movements Are Useful For Solving Optical and Creative Conundrums

ARClark wrote:

  1. lightandaprayer wrote:

Back in my film days circa 1995 I used a Fuji GX680 . It is a 6x8cm medium-format camera with rise/fall, tilt, shift and swing movements. A digital back with a 7648 x 5408 resolution Fuji CCD sensor was introduced in 2004. The camera system was discontinued in 2010.

The GX680 was my introduction to Fuji cameras. It is an excellent example of ingenious engineering. The camera is fun to use and produces great images. It didn't seem to be a commonly-used system among pros and yet it is useful for a wide variety of subjects. The relatively compact system was great for location shoots that required travel. Believe it or not, it can be used with a neck strap. But I would recommend investing in a gym membership if you plan on doing much hand-held work with the camera. . .

Those Sinar 4x5 cameras are beautiful and Gawd they were expensive. But well worth the cost if you produced a lot of work that required a 4x5 image.

I’d have loved that camera back in the day. And I do recognize the value of PC lenses. The “why” in the subject line did not refer to why buy a perspective control lens, in general. It was why buy one if you don’t know what it’s for. I was hoping the OP could shed more specifics on what prompted him to buy it, perhaps giving others better insights on how to assist him.


I live in a tourist town. There are many landmarks and a lot of scenery I’d like to shoot. Put together a book or some postcards. Probably just make some great images for me and my friends/family’s enjoyment. The fact is you can take photos with a wide angle just fine but it’s not what I wanted to do. It’s too pedestrian. Buildings look like they’re falling over and a traditional wide angle cannot get the entire scene in focus at one time no matter how far you stop down. But a T/S lens negates those problems. Which is why I bought it.

Why did I buy a lens if I “don’t know what it’s for”? Because I wanted to try something totally foreign to me. Do something I have never done with a piece of gear I have only read about and never even seen. I want to stretch my abilities as a photographer and learn something new. Isn’t this what we’re all here for? Isn’t that the fun part of photography? For me, learning new techniques or piece of gear is the fun part. I’m just trying to find new ways to enjoy a hobby I’ve been doing since I was a kid.

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