Question about tilt-shift adapting a normal lens.

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OP HybridN New Member • Posts: 13
Re: Question about tilt-shift adapting a normal lens.

Truman Prevatt wrote:

HybridN wrote:

Thank you for your replies, and I specially appreciate your help michaeldawson. The part with the shifted distortions would never go through my mind, and only in experience you would stumble upon it. It was a great point, and maybe a tipping point that shift adapters are not the best idea. That would get other problems for the architecture photography that are not worth the hassle. The simplest way seems like a wide angle lens meant for FUJI and correct the distortions in post. And maybe Fuji line is not the best choice in this line of photography.

The concept of camera movements is to give the photographer the flexibility to control the orientation of the focus plane and subject plane. This has two benefits. First it can prevent geometric distortion as often known as "keystoning." Second it can provide for large depth of field in for example landscape where the focal plane is tilted in space and the DOF is around that tilted focal plane. For examples of this see some of Ansel Adams magnificent landscape shots.

For say keystoning - by shifting the lens all lines will be prevented from converging. If one uses a regular lens and then relies on S/W only one plane in space can be corrected properly as the distortion differs on different planes slicked through the volume the image is projecting. That is while one might correct covering line in one plane - that will not fully correct them in other places.

A good high quality FF manual focus lens should be adequate for a Fuji using a good adaptor.

Probably the best option would be to pick up a Combo Actus for the X mount and a good used RZ/RB Mamiya lens or two to use with your X camera.

It is the best solution but it is not inexpensive.

Hey thanks for the advices, I appreciate them. I'm an amateur still in photography but I read quite on the practical uses of the cameras. The tilt and shift is not quite unfamiliar to me, as I watch a lot of photographers use Large format film cameras. Those are great!

As for the tilt option I do not need it much, as in digital you can use the focus stacking method I guess.

And the ACTUS solution I see is really nice, as it would basically turn a Fuji camera in a "large format" style option. I have a Hasselblad 500cm that I use it occasionally, maybe in a future it might be possible to adapt the lenses. Just the price is a little bit too high for now.

What would the 80 mm of the medium format be on the APS-C, as I still can not visualize how much of that lens would be used (the image circle)?

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