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Nikon Tilt Shift 45mm lens review

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to play around with a tilt shift lens from Nikon, the unique 45mm f2.8 model at BH. Locally at ORMS. Everything on the lens is fully manual, no auto focus so forget about it! Unfortunately the tilt locking switch was not working properly so I had to tape the tilt from moving around during long exposures. The shift was working just fine and it was quite a challenge to focus in the dark but shooting and checking on your LCD screen does help with that. So the proof is in the pudding as they say and I must admit, these moonlit pictures are way cool! I WANT ONE! The lens that is.

Unfortunately these lenses are cest tres expensive! Round $1800 in the states (R14750.00) and locally in a shop it will set you back around R 20 000 large ones!! That is quite an investment for a lens that is slow to shoot with, meaning you need to time to set up a shot and shoot it, not a point and shoot lens, as I said, everything is manual on the lens, even the aperture has to be turned old school on the lens it self, which is awesome and that’s why I love it!

undefined undefinedThe above two images clearly shows the difference between the actual lens created effect and the effect created by a popular software, the software does well but cannot replicate the distant light bokeh effect, you can only do that with a lens. The lens even retains the light sparkle (the star effect created by a light into a lens). The lens has a rotation function as well. Only the last image in this post was made with some rotation, admit-tingly I only stumbled upon the rotation function today!

undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefined undefinedThe following file shows the difference in rotation, its a gif so it will load and has two images that rotate, one is at 45 degrees and one at 90 degrees. I did not play around too much with the rotation last night as the tilt function could not lock properly, and it was cold and my hands were freezing! 🙂

All the images were shot at night with available light on a Nikon D3. Hand held. NOT! Ok I’m good but not “that” good..

  • March 1, 2012 - 20:40

    Valentina - Hey,

    I love this effect and lens

    I was wondering where do I rent a shift tilt lens in Johannesburg/Pretoria….

    Thank you

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