Coming from the good old film days of photography and having used large and medium format cameras that allow for plenty of movement of the lens and / or film boards, the tilt – shift lens has been a favorite of mine for many years.
There are several advantages to using these types of lenses, and they are:
The foreground and large tufa pilars in the background are kept in focus by tilting the lens towards to focal plane while keeping the sensor 100% vertical.
Of course there are some disadvantages to using these lenses, but they are of no concern provided you use the lens often and get tons of practice. Standing 6’ tall, I usually do not need to tilt my lens more than 0.50° to get my foreground (near the tripod’s leg) and the background completely sharp.
This is one lens, however, where I would highly recommend you rent the lens before you decide to buy.
Three images stitched together to make an ultrawide photo of a fallen tree over North Lake, CA.
Here are a few links to some very useful information on the use of Perspective Control lenses:
Ken Rockwell on Why Tilt and Shift
Peter Hill on Tilt & Shift Photography
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