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Mirex Tilt / Shift Adapters
An acceptable alternative to tilt/shift lenses?
Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.
The popularity of tilt-shift lenses has risen quite considerably since cameras nudged past the 10 megapixel barrier and the awareness of the quality that these lenses can provide was really brought home with the new 24TSEmk2 and 17TSE from Canon - both of which set some stunningly high standards for edge to edge sharpness (especially when compared with the fairly poor 24TSEmk1).
With everything there is always a downside though and in dedicated tilt shift lenses it is most definitely price. The 17mm, 24mm, 45mm and 90mm Canon lenses costing £1,900, £1,700, £1,200 and £1,100 respectively and the Nikon 24mm, 45mm and 85mm all costing £1,400. This means a tilt shift collection would set you back approx £4k (ignoring the esoteric 17mm). And that's only if you use Canon or Nikon - if you use any other brand of camera body you're out of luck.
There are alternatives though. Hartblei have for some time produced their 'super rotator' lenses which are hand made dedicated lenses available on a variety of mounts. Simon Miles reviewed one of these in a previous article 'Zeiss Tilt Shift Lenses for your DSLR'. I can't comment too much about these but looking at various reviews online, the results are acceptable to good unshifted but dissapointing when shifted any significant amount.