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Tilt & Shift

Have Oly ever released a tilt and shift lens?
I think they may have done for the OM series way back in the eighties but I am not too sure.
Anyone know for certain?
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Re: Tilt & Shift

In OM days they made two shift lenses - 24mm (I'm pretty sure) and 35mm (I know). The 24 was always very expensive and when it occasionally pops up now it's extortionate. There seem to be more 35's around.

As far as I know they never released a tilting lens, although there are a few photos around of a prototype bellows with a rising and tilting front.

Hope this helps ... John
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Re: Tilt & Shift

I bought an OM 35mm shift lens a few weeks ago, but have yet to get properly to grips with it. Using aperture priority I find the exposure can vary widely and I think I've a lot to learn about getting the best from it. It certainly straghtens the verticals though. I have an OM/FT adapter with focus confirm which is a help.

As the previous post says there is a horrendously expensive 24mm lens too and of course you could use one made by another manufacturer. In old money the 35mm was a reasonable length for buildings etc but transforming it into a 70mm does reduce its usefulness.

There are two versions of the 35mm, one has multi coated glass, the other doesn't. Apart from the colour cast when you look at the lens (blueish for the MC) there's a subtle difference in the way the lens is named. The MC says Zuiko shift 35mm f2.8. The other version has a slightly different form of words, but close enough to cause confusion. Word on the street is that the MC version is much better. If you're buying online you should be able to tell from the photo which version you're looking at. I paid 325 for mine but have no idea if that is a realistic price as there aren't many around.
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Re: Tilt & Shift

Maybe not the purists way but correcting converging verticals in Photoshop is far easier, and cheaper.
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Re: Tilt & Shift

I agree with Dave - the facilities in Photoshop and Lightroom are now very comprehensive for vertical and perspective correction.

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Re: Tilt & Shift

or if fancy a bit of low-tech DIY why not give this a try:

http://www.diyphotography.net/create...-a-nifty-fifty

I've got an old OM 28mm that has a date with a screwdriver if I ever get 5 minutes free!
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Re: Tilt & Shift

I notice that PhotoRumors in the last few days made mention of a new tilt shift Samyang lens and I believe that they often produce their lens in the four thirds mounts . . . but not sure of mounts for this one.

- First image of the upcoming Samyang 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift lens

Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/page/3/#ixzz25c9HdsRu

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Re: Tilt & Shift

Actually I have been a complete and total wally.
I overlooked the fact that photoshop can do these sort of corrections.
You must bear in mind that when I was initially studying photography back in the dark ages we didn't have photoshop and so much had to be done in camera . I am aware that converging verticals can be sorted in the darkroom but we all preferred using T&S lens.
I just automatically think "Get it right in camera"
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