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| p.3 #7 · Samyang 24mm Tilt-Shift lens will retail for $999! |
ben egbert wrote:
I sold my Canon 24TSE after I bought the 24-70 f2.8 mk2. I find 17 a much more useful size for this style of shooting and I do only landscapes. I wish I could get a 14 or 15 TSE. Actually shift only would be fine.
The Canon 24TSE mk2 was the sharpest lens under 500mm that I ever owned. But it was used mostly without tilt or shift. At 24 and lower, shift is the most valuable feature and as you get wider shift is almost imperative to avoid perspective distortion. I returned my Zeiss 15 f2.8 because it did not have shift.
Unless you are doing low to the ground shots, or want special shallow dof effects, you don't really need tilt at 24 from a standing position.
Completely agree about the necessity for tilt with lenses wider than 24mm (on full frame). Shift is what attracted me to the 17, other than it's impressive overall optical quality. It's great for one-shot captures where such correction is desired and is better done in-camera than in post. I've found I rarely use tilt, unless extremely close and unable to stop down much.
But that leads me to wonder about the real value of T/S lenses currently. Certainly in the past, when shooting film it was very desirable to get it right in-camera. The reason I wonder is I've recently seen a fair number of stunning architectural images where the photographer literally shot handheld with a cheap DSLR and kit zoom, maybe 20, 30, 40 images and ran them through software to blend together a single final image.
I suppose a T/S will still be useful for in-camera correction of scenes that don't lend themselves well to the above technique, whatever those may be...
I believe what you are describing is a gigapan unit which can be purchased for $895 in the pro verion. For landscapes it is unbeatable and you can literally capture images at almost any resolution you desire, but it's not the most efficient method of do architectural work.