Close up and tilt

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  • Erik Kaffehr
    Erik Kaffehr
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    Landscape & Nature Technique
    on: May 7, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Hi,

    I was shooting some flowers today. Usually I focus on just one flower or a group of a few flowers. But this time I wanted to show a lot of flowers and have all of them in reasonable focus.

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    This was shot on my mirrorless full frame camera with a Contax 35-135/3.4-4.5 Sonnar zoom. The lens was connected to the camera with a HCam Master TS II adapter that allows both tilt and shift.

    In this case, tilt was used. Tilting the lens allows for tilting the focal plane, a technique known as ‘The Scheimpflug Principle’. The Scheimpflug Principle is not a panacea for extending the focal plane, as everything above and below that focal plane will be out of focus.

    Tilt and shift lenses have been with us for a long time. But mirrorless cameras allow for designs with very short mount to sensor distance, allowing to use T&S techniques with a lot of old lenses.

    I can use my Canon EF-mount lenses on the HCam Master TS, but the Canon lenses don’t have manual aperture control. That is the reason I have a couple of Contax RTS era Zeiss zooms for Scheimpflug. The lenses won’t allow for any significant shift, but will work fine for tilts.

    Best regards
    Erik

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    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    Re: Close up and tilt
    Reply #1 on: May 7, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Well executed image.  Working with T/s is always a challenge and this is a great example of what can be accomplished.

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Mike Nelson Pedde
    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Close up and tilt
    Reply #2 on: May 8, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    What Kevin said, me too.

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
    Victoria, BC
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    Eric Brody
    Eric Brody
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    Re: Close up and tilt
    Reply #3 on: May 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Really nice image. I use a Nikon 85mm F/2.8 PC-E tilt shift on my Sony A7RIV with a Commlite adapter, mostly for close-up work but also in the landscape when I want to do it with a single exposure rather than stacking. Using a tilt-shift lens brings me back to my view camera days. I remember how cool it was to just do a small tilt and get so much focus in the landscape.

    Daniel Smith
    Daniel Smith
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    Re: Close up and tilt
    Reply #4 on: July 11, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    All that gear and extra screens and such a small viewing area when shooting. I still prefer a 5×7/8×10 for the full control it gives. A ground glass big enough to see. No electronics to worry about and Chromes or negatives big enough for easy viewing or printing. I know – not digital. But the View Cameras are built for the technical perfection they allow.

    "It's not what it is, it's how it looks". Paula Chamlee

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