Canon Tilt / Shift lens – Shift

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Photos, Travel 7 Comments

Alaska State Capitol

Another advantage of the tilt / shift lens is the ability to shift the lens up, down or even left to right.  The biggest advantage to shifting the lens is it gives you the ability to correct perspective.  This is really helpful at eliminating the leaning effect you get when you look up at buildings, trees etc. with a wide angle lenses.  I think these two images demonstrate perspective better then I can explain it.  I used shift to pretty much square the Alaska State Capitol building within the frame in the above photo.  Below is a much older photo of the of the same Capitol building taken from the same location with a lens that I couldn’t shift.

Alaska State Capitol - old

I think the difference is very obvious in this example.

Here is the Canon tilt / shift lens from above with the lens shifted all the way to the left.

Canon Tilt / Shift Lens

The ability to shift is also helpful when creating panoramics.  In fact the photo of Mt. McKinley in the masthead of my blog was taken with a tilt / shift lens.  I didn’t move my camera, I just shifted to the left, middle and right and combined the images later in Photoshop.  Photos captured this way blend together with almost zero effort since the camera isn’t re-positioned. 

Yesterday’s post touched on using tilt.

Comments 7

  1. Another interesting post Ron. The advice on the panoramic is something I hadn’t realized. The parallax on the panos have always been a weird thing for me. I guess the T&S would yield more keepers in this case. Do you think these lenses would help DOF-wise for those “thick forest” type of shots while using a sharper aperture like f8?

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    Thanks Richard.

    I originally purchased the tilt / shift with panoramics in mind – they really do go together much easier since there really isn’t parallax issues.

    The tilt may not be much help in those “thick forest” type shots because the subject matter is somewhat vertical. The tops or bottoms of the trees may end up out of focus unless your are shooting more intimate type.


  3. Hi Ron, Love what you are doing with your new canon tilt/shift lens! Do you think the permanent fund would cover the cost of it this year?? Your photo blog is something I look forward to every morning. I open your photo e-mail 1st every day. Always nice to see a beautiful and interesting photo to start my day! Janet

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    Hi Janet,

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the comments – it is always great to receive such nice feedback!

    You know I bet the permanent fund will cover the cost of one of these, they run about $1,100 at B&H. It could come in handy in PS 🙂


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    Hi Ray,

    Probably the 45 – that is where the tilt is really valuable for depth of field. With the wider angle, depth of field is often less of an challenge. I probably do more shooting in general at 24 – so you really can’t go wrong either way.

    Another thought – the 45 is more useful for panoramics as well.


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