How To Use A Tilt Shift Lens For Real Estate Photography

By | 12/02/2022

Catechism 17mm Tilt-Shift Lens Review

Paired with a Photodiox Adapter and Sony a7sii


UPDATE:   Using the Fotodiox adapter caused prototype ghosting. Fix:  I switched to a Metabones Iv … problem fixed.

Here is a visual review of the Canon 17mm Tilt-Sift lens.

Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift Lens Review: Every bit a luxury real estate lensman I’m ever looking to up my game. I recently had a conversation with world renown, architectural, globe-trotting photographer, Tim Griffith. He suggested I’d benefit from Canon’s 17mm Tilt-Shift lens. Subsequently a quick enquiry and noting its incredible reviews, I pulled the trigger and purchased it. Holy Tilt-Shift Batman! Just came dorsum from a test shoot with my new 17mm Tilt-Shift lens. This lens is definitely the Houdini of lenses. Each fourth dimension I Shifted the lens I was stunned at how freak’n absurd it was to be able to get an entire edifice in the viewfinder. IMHO a Tilt-Shift lens is merely every bit important as the camera you are using. I often photograph luxury commercial existent estate. Some of the buildings are then tall that even with my Atomic number 26 16-35mm f/4.0 racked to 16mm I can not fit the entire building top to lesser in a single frame. And on the oft hazard that I can fit the building into the frame, it is severely distorted due to the wide-angle lens. Withal, this is no longer an issue with a 17mm Tilt-Shift, information technology’s as easy as shifting up.

Photographed with the a7sII and Iron 90mm Macro f/2.8 @ ISO 4,000, f/5.half dozen, 1/30th sec handheld. Transferred via Sony in-camera Wifi and edited with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on an iPhone 6+

A couple of caveats:
#1] Brand sure that the focal plane is expressionless on perfectly horizontal to the edifice you are photographing. This will forbid baloney.
#ii] The front lens element is bulbous as in super convex. It’s really piece of cake to pick up lens flare when shooting outdoors during high sun hours. I’d recommend using an umbrella or wearing a wide-brimmed hat to use every bit a Gobo to cake the lord’s day flare.

Earlier and After Shift Images: In each set up, you’ll come across the paradigm taken with no Shift and the image taken with the Shift. The Non-Shifted image is truncated, as in the entire edifice is not in the frame. The Shifted image reveals the unabridged building. I’ve locked off the Tilt characteristic. In searching for tutorials of the Tilt-Shift lens, I didn’t see any earlier and after pictures. I wanted to share these with you lot so that yous can see the dramatic departure between the before the shift and after the shifted images.

Using the Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift on a Sony a7sii no-shift.

Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift Lens Review

Camera and tripod in the aforementioned verbal position. The angle of the photographic camera has non been touched or moved. The Shift function of the lens is Shifted upwards.

Using the Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift on a Sony a7sii no-shift.

Camera and tripod in the same verbal position. The bending of the camera has non been touched or moved. The Shift role of the lens is Shifted up.

Using the Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift on a Sony a7sii no-shift.

Camera and tripod in the aforementioned exact position. The angle of the camera has not been touched or moved. The Shift part of the lens is Shifted up.

Using the Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift on a Sony a7sii no-shift.

Photographic camera and tripod in the same exact position. The angle of the photographic camera has not been touched or moved. The Shift office of the lens is Shifted upwards.

Using the Catechism 17mm Tilt-Shift on a Sony a7sii no-shift.

Photographic camera and tripod in the same exact position. The angle of the camera has not been touched or moved. The Shift function of the lens is Shifted upwards.

The 17mm T/S is paired with a Photodiox adapter [$99] to my Sony a7sii. The verdict is still out on lens flare. I did notice a chip of stray light on the bottom left and correct of some of my images. A stride upward is the Metabones Iv at $399. Which makes sense when pairing an adapter to a $2500 lens. You don’t want to cut corners. Need to exercise a chip more than testing to run into if the Photodoix is a good fit.

p.south. I intend to use this lens on just near every architectural shoot from now on, and can’t believe information technology took me this long to get information technology!

Here’s a dandy 18+ minute video by lensman Vincent Laforet that covers all the basics and some advanced techniques of using Tilt-Shift lenses.

Source: https://luxuryrealestateimages.com/canon-17mm-tilt-shift-lens-review/

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